This is a Really Real Trauma post.
It’s not fucking fair.
Prior to 2016 we were constantly looking for “baby sitters” for me because I couldn’t handle being alone if Parker went out of town for more than a day.
Hell, even when she worked for part of a day I’d have a hard time being alone.
Even when she was asleep in our bed in our house I’d have a hard time being awake without her. Unless I was interacting with someone online or on the phone.
I woke her up so many times just because I couldn’t handle being alone long enough for her to nap.
I fought and I fought HARD to get over that after she died. I fought with everything I had, sitting through discomfort and anxiety and fear.
I started to look forward to my mornings when I’d wake up and the house was quiet. My time to feed the animals and wash the dishes and play my own music without worrying about who it might bother.
When Wonder Woman and I started living together, I would be gone all day doing my appointments, and she would be gone all evening working.
I loved this setup, because as much as I missed her, I enjoyed the time in solitude.
And then covid happened, and I had to adjust my expectations. There was no time in the house alone but I still enjoyed my mornings when she was sleeping and enjoyed the evenings when she was holed away in her makeshift office.
I took a nap this afternoon, I knew it was safe because I could hear the TV playing in the living room, I knew she was right there. It was still early in the day which is easier for me.
Then, as I woke up, she was ready to lay down and nap before her night time appointments.
I pouted and then cuddled up against her. I wasn’t tired anymore but it had hit that time of night where the world suddenly seems scarier.
That time of night when the shot rang out.
That time of night where the light in the sky starts changing.
That time of the night leading to darkness.
She said she would get up with me, but that’s not fair to her. She needs her rest because I’m so much . . . more . . . right now. She needs a break too.
And eventually my sister texted me, a beautiful thing that needed to read. I told her I was stuck in bed, because I couldn’t bear to be alone in the house.
She asked why, and as I was typing the tears started flowing.
If I’m alone and a shot rings out there will be no one there to comfort me. If I’m alone and I’m blindsided again, I won’t have anyone to hold me. If I’m alone and the world is suddenly scary, there won’t be anyone right there to hug me.
I fought really hard to stand on my own two feet.
And now those feet are shaky. Those feet are afraid. My knees wobble and want to buckle.
Even when I play music I hear the silence underneath. I’m afraid to wear both headphones because I might miss something. Something might sneak up on me.
Something may catch me off guard.
It’s not fair that I did all of this work and with one gunshot he left me behind to work through it again. He got to leave his pain and he brought mine back with a frenzy.
And no, I’m not back at square one, I have a head start over last time.
I know that there’s work to be done but I’m bitter.
And I’m sad.
I don’t want to be a trauma queen again. I want to go to sleep and wake up as I was.
I want to have enough emotional energy to do the work I need to do on my self AND to work a job that I worked so hard to be healthy enough to do.
I know I’ve got this. I know I will make it through this. I know I’ll be back where I was.
But damnit. I worked
It feels like he took all of my hard work with him, with that one gunshot.
I’m sitting alone writing this, literally glancing over my shoulder every few lines. I can’t play music because I might miss something. I need to pee but the effort it will take to walk down that hall feels unbearbable. Something might catch me off guard from one of the rooms.
Another gun shot might ring out.
I worked so hard to not be afraid anymore.
It’s not fair.
It’s really not fair.