This is a Really Real Trauma Post.
And a Really Real Mental Health Post, because the two go together.
TW: Mention of Suicidal Thoughts. Mention of Completed Suicide.
These have been long lately, thanks for those who are reading along.
First for the good news.
I’m wearing headphones and not freaking out, for the first time since that shot rang out.
I also turned off the hallway light tonight after we got home, without waiting for something to jump out from behind the shadows.
Slowly, I’m healing.
I’m taking note of the little things because maybe they’ll help me stop focusing on all of the bigger things.
Today I talked to my psychiatrist, she started off talking about raising my antidepressant, which we had been talking about a month or two ago.
I told her that was no longer the concern. The minor depression I had still been feeling when I was stable before wasn’t anywhere near as important as the current desire to end my life.
Or the sleep deprivation and nightmares.
And I realized, that’s part of what’s pissing me off so fucking much. Not only did this traumatize me, bringing with it, the previous traumas in my life.
Not only did this make me wobble in a really big way.
It did it when I was in a place of pretty solid stability. Yes, I was still slightly depressed. Yes, I was having problems focusing on work or other projects. Yes, it wasn’t perfect, but I was stable.
My feet were planted on solid ground and we were just making minor adjustments.
Today after PHP I laid in bed, unable to nap, but unwilling to be up. When Wonder Woman started mentioning going for a walk I got so angry with her. A rage that made me want to scream and yell at her. A rage that made me snap at her via text because I couldn’t trust myself to talk to her in person.
I haven’t felt that sort of rage in a long long time. I hate that side of me. I hate that it even exists.
I remember when I was finally fighting through the trauma of Parker’s death I sat on the kitchen floor and kicked the side of a shelving unit in. Using all of my force to release the rage brewing inside of me. So deep and solid with nowhere else to go but out. I started by drawing lines on my skin and by the end I was digging the pen in with all of my force. I remember that day, and I remember it being the day I measured my successes against. At least I wasn’t that bad anymore.
Today when I was talking to my psychiatrist, I told her I needed to be back on Abilify. The same medication I fought so hard to get off of because it makes me eat the house.
But I’m back to needing to be fat and alive rather than skinny and dead.
And it fucking sucks. I was so proud of myself for being able to brush away any suicidal thoughts that I had, even without the help of that medication. I was so proud of myself for being able to ignore them, or distract myself from them.
And now they are back with a vengeance. That rage turned inward taking away my will to exist.
I just want to go to sleep and never wake up, unless waking up means this never happened.
I see myself with a gun to my head, I hear the gun shots that no longer sound like bangs in the back of my head but now sound like the pops that they truly are.
The sound of gunshots in the back of my head were always the first sign of a suicidal downswing. Hearing how those sounds have changed, and seeing that it truly would be a viable way out, if I had a gun. Now I not only relate a way out to pills, but also to guns. They are ways that I know will work, I’ve seen it first hand.
And I was stable.
I was stable.
Now the thoughts have a tight hold around my neck, squeezing tighter and tighter. The bed is my safe space. Holding the blanket tight around me means I can’t act on the urges.
The other day Wonder Woman, in reaction to a suicidal post, told me she knew that if I looked hard enough I could find what I needed around here. No matter how careful we are to keep things locked up, if I tried hard enough, anything in this house could be a tool for my death.
So when the thoughts are bad, I put myself in bed. As long as I don’t step foot out from under those covers I can’t do any harm.
And while I’m there the shots can ring out in the back of my head, and the urges can come all they want, but I can’t act on them.
But that same survival mechanism allows for the thoughts to twist and turn and get stronger and stronger and louder and louder.
Being in bed is both the best and the worst place for me.
I’ve started walking late at night with my old gym buddy. We are doing super short walks for now, but plan to build up our strength and stamina again. Maybe one day soon I’ll be back in the gym where you can’t tell the sweat from the tears. Maybe I’ll be back to working it out that way.
But for now we just walk our little circle around the neighborhood, sometimes talking, sometimes silently, becoming accountability buddies for each other.
Just like before.
Just like the last time I healed from finding someone dead.
This sucks, but sometimes I can see myself getting back to stability. Sometimes I can remember that I did this once, and I will do it again.
The rest of the time I just have to fight to hold on. Live from one Starbucks trip to the next.
Just make it one more day.
One more hour.
One more minute.
One more second.
And to think, just a few short weeks ago, I was stable.
He took that from me with the same shot that took his life from him.
Suicide doesn’t end the pain, it just gives it to those who are left behind.
I guess there’s a reason for this rage that keep building up inside of me.
This isn’t fair.
But I’m okay.
Or at least, I will be okay.