Sickness of the Mind & Body

I’ve never had to go to the ER before. I actively avoid urgent care and the doctor as much as possible because I’m always afraid that the doctors won’t believe me, that they’ll assume I’m making it up or exaggerating.

The Friday before last I ended up violently ill with a high fever. Unable to get a handle on the dehydration, I ended up in the ER for the better part of 5 hours. It was determined I had a bad stomach bug. The next day, I had a migraine so head-splitting I had to go back to the ER. After 6 hours, my pain had only slightly reduced. I knew they’d done all they could, so I made an agreement with myself that I would not go back for the remainder of whatever illness I had.

So, the next day when I began to experience intense chest pain, I kept telling myself over and over and over that I was not going back. I was not going to do it.

NO!

I ended up waiting more than 24 hours before going. The pain in my chest was excruciating and it hurt to breathe. I didn’t sleep at all the night before I went to the hospital. After a few hours, they couldn’t find anything obviously wrong with me so they were about to discharge me again when they ran one last test to check for stress on my heart. The doctor came in later and said that he was surprised, but the test results indicated my heart had experienced some stress or damage and they would need to keep me overnight.

That night was the most physically painful I’ve ever experienced in my life. For the second night in a row I did not sleep at all. The most difficult part was swallowing my pride, multiple times, and basically begging for anything to help the pain. I got one dose of pain medicine in the middle of the night that hardly even took the edge off.

By the next day I had these mental flashes of seeing myself ripping my IV out, tearing my skin off, and just walking out of the hospital (even though I could hardly move). I was truly losing my mind from the pain. The pain began to ease up about 48 hours after it began. With still no obvious conclusions to be drawn, I was discharged again.

The next day, I had a follow up with my family doctor. My heart rate had been high for days and I’d been sweating through everything. When I showed up at my doctor’s office, she told me that I had a blood test that came back positive for bacteria, after I’d already been discharged, and that I needed to go straight back to the hospital.

This has been a significant lesson for me. Everything felt wrong with my body… I knew this wasn’t a normal sickness, but after being discharged three times in nearly as many days… I would never have gone back to the ER unless my doctor told me to.

The sort of scary part? I ended up being diagnosed with sepsis and put on immediate antibiotics.

That night, my cardiac enzymes skyrocketed, indicating something major going on with my heart. They were worried I was having a heart attack, though all the tests concluded I was not. I had to have numerous tests to make sure bacteria had not collected on my heart. I had chest x-rays that revealed fluid in my lung.

One of the doctors that night told me that I should never have been discharged the day before. She said they now have a second chance to “get it right this time”.

If I had not been thinking I could be back at work by the end of the week, it would’ve been another two days before a follow up appointment with my doctor. The only reason I saw a doctor sooner was because I didn’t want to miss work later in the week. Things could have rapidly gotten worse in that time.

I ended up spending another 4 days in the hospital. By the last couple of days I felt so much better that I could get up and around on my own with the only consequence being extreme exhaustion. I felt guilty for being there because I didn’t feel “sick enough” anymore. I hated having to press the nurse call button because it seemed like I should just get up and do whatever it is on my own.

I was so sick my first few days in the hospital I didn’t even think about being guilty for being there. As soon as I was awake enough to really think again, the guilt kicked in with vengeance. Is developing sepsis not enough for me? I am out of the hospital and taking IV antibiotics at home and I still think that it’s all just an overreaction. I wasn’t that sick, right? I just have an IV sticking out of my arm and home health nurses coming to my house for fun!

I just constantly feel like I “stole” the care that I got. That I didn’t deserve it. I was fine. I am fine.

I had cardiology, infectious disease, and internal medicine doctors in the hospital. None of them were ever in complete agreement about whether the sepsis explained the chest pain. But my vitals were fine, my cardiac tests were fine, so I again felt like I must have been exaggerating.

I’m slowly trying to accept that I really was sick and that I needed the care I got. That I didn’t steal anything.

I knew the effects of (deep breath) trauma can be insidious. I’ve never experienced its effects when my physical health has been this poor. While part of me thinks that this should be a lesson that I know my body and when something is wrong, I’m afraid this experience will actually make me more hesitant to seek treatment in the future.

Don’t take my example. Never take a chance with your physical health. Go to the doctor if something feels wrong!

I’ll just follow my own rules over here……

Keep Breathing

Two weeks ago, I came into a session triggered and it got worse throughout the session.  It was bad; I was sitting there terrified for reasons that I couldn’t, or didn’t want, to explain.  But I knew my reactions and behaviors in the last session warranted some explanations. Explanations that I can’t give vaguely.

Part of me wanted to tell him. Wanted to see what his reaction would be. I talked about being ashamed of how I conducted myself last time, basically being shut down and terrified. He asked what exactly I was ashamed of.  I’m disappointed in myself that through all my years of therapy I can still end up in a place like that. But believing that certain things never happened doesn’t align with what I experienced in the last session.

I’m also ashamed because I associate those extreme reactions with my second therapist, the one I was with when I did the “detailed” trauma stuff.  I was almost always in a bad place with her; I never realized it until a few years later how….traumatic? that whole experience was.

No wonder I walked in one day, quit therapy, and never looked back.

But I was younger then.  It was almost 10 years ago.  I feel that, at my current age, I should be grown up enough to control myself. Control my reactions and not end up in a place where I’m cowering, sweating, pushing myself as far back into my therapist’s couch as possible.  Part of me knows that age doesn’t matter when it comes to this stuff.  That part often gets outweighed by the part of me that condemns anything out of the ordinary.

I described to T this visceral feeling how, whenever he is kind, it feels like I have a vacuum sucking the air out of my lungs.  He asked if I felt that way after my trauma.

After my trauma.  I had no answer.

I had to explain that it was ongoing for a few years in my childhood. Then he talked about getting back to the person I was before that happened. Is there a “before”?  I was 5 when it first happened.  I was afraid of what his reaction would be if I told him how young I was, so I didn’t.  I have no idea why.

I told him about how I started therapy originally because I just knew something about me wasn’t right.  But I remember standing outside the door to the therapist’s office, gathering my courage, wondering why I was there, and thinking that they’d take one look at me and say, “Well, why are YOU here? You’re fine. Stop being dramatic.”

I learned a couple of sessions in that I had a very hard time feeling and identifying emotion.  I would sit in front of my first therapist dumbstruck when she would ask me what I was feeling.  I wasn’t feeling anything at all.  I thought that was normal.  I repeatedly told my therapist at the time that I felt fundamentally flawed.  She commented how I define myself based on how others see me.  One day, she declared “that’s a problem!”.  I thought I’d done something wrong.

I will always remember how she told me I was dissociating and that it was “a sign of severe psychic injury”. Severe psychic injury.  What the fuck does that even mean? I kept thinking to myself, “I haven’t experienced anything bad.”  She frequently had to tell me to stay in the room.  Don’t go away.

New T said that he knows the fear of everything is exacerbated by the fact that he is a man. I apologized and told him that I feel bad because it’s not like he chose his gender. He chuckled but then said that I didn’t choose what happened to me either. I couldn’t breathe at that.

Right before we stopped, I asked if I could ask him a question.

I asked him if he felt that this was hopeless.  I couldn’t look at him for a response.  He said he absolutely has hope. But of course he’s going to say that.  I don’t even know why I asked the question.  The answer was always going to be yes.  He has to say he has hope. It’s his job, right?

Oddly, he said he is so excited to be able to help me work through the fear of being vulnerable around a man and talked about the growth it took for me to be able to identify that. I found that interesting that he basically embraces the fact that I’m having tremendous difficulty with him simply because he is a man.  He’s incredibly kind.  But it doesn’t seem to matter. My reactions are still the same.

Many of my waking hours I wonder if I’ll make it through this kind of therapy again.

It’s odd.  I’ve never thought of myself as a quitter or one to run from a situation.  But time and again, I’ve basically done that in therapy.

Time will tell.

 

Reawakening

It’s been almost two years since I last posted here. It would be great to say that I no longer needed to, which is why I stopped.

Let’s be serious now.

We are all constant works in progress. My disappearance from this blog was my attempt to get on with my life while denying (and forgetting) everything I have gone through, real or perceived. This blog was a reminder of a possible truth I didn’t want to accept. That I don’t want to accept.

So I let it just sit. I didn’t delete it. I just chose to pretend it was a different, misguided person who wrote things on here. It’s taken me two years – the absolutely hardest two years of my life, to again realize that the person who wrote these blog posts is still a part of me. And perhaps not entirely misguided.

During the time since I last posted, I quit two jobs, was betrayed in the most personal ways by friends, family, colleagues, and bosses, was accused of horrible things, lived in a motel for two months, was forced to give up my horses, and had two major moves. I became a full time caregiver. I wore the hat of nurse, cook, cleaner, and therapist.

My life fell apart. I saw all the pieces of it on the floor, shattered. I would see the broken remnants of my life in my head and think, “I don’t know if you can recover from this, K. This might be too much.” I’d always take a glance at my semicolon tattoo. My small reminder of the promise I made to myself.

I always kept trying. Always. But I’d done a bang up job of destroying my life. And it actually wasn’t entirely because of the path I chose. It was life. Life dealt me a hard couple of years. I am starting to come out the other side. And it’s time for me to face the demons that have haunted me for so long. I have a great job. I live in a wonderful place. I’m building a better life for myself.

What better time to fuck it all up with some hardcore therapy?

This time I have upped the ante. This time I am seeing a male therapist. I knew it would be difficult, but I’m three sessions in and I’m already wondering if I can handle it. Or if he can handle me. How many therapists can tolerate my messed up life? It seems like I’m pushing the boundaries now.

Time will tell.

Beware the Birthday

I seem to have a selective memory when it comes to my birthday.

For instance, I’ve typically been fine leading up to my birthday, though it’s been years since I’ve gotten through one without tears for no reason other than what’s going on in my head.  I seem to forget, year after year, that I ALWAYS have some sort of reaction prior to my birthday.

This year is setting a new record.  My two close friends and my mother keep talking about my birthday, coming up this Saturday. They ask me what I want to do. I say I don’t know.  I don’t want to have to make a decision. I want someone else to do it for me. I’m tired of decisions.

I have two conflicting feelings when it comes to my birthday. First, it’s a day that is supposed to be “mine”.  I always feel like it’s anything but mine.  I want to crawl into bed and just cry until I have no more tears.

So, not cool with the general population. Everybody hates

The most frustrating part is that I don’t even have definitive memories to associate with this.  Just absolute, out of the blue, panic, freak-outs, breakdowns, and overall depression.  Sometimes, even as soon as the day after, I’m back to normal. The day is over.

The other side of the coin is that I’d be upset if no one noticed it was my birthday.  I want to be invisible, and yet I don’t. It hurts to be invisible.  So I’m grateful I have two incredible friends and a renewed relationship with my mother where I can share this day with them and know that, hopefully, I will enjoy myself and forget what plagues me, even for a little while.

Less than a week ahead of my birthday, I’ve found myself breaking down, randomly, getting incredibly frustrated, can’t stop crying, little things getting me down, and nothing is able to get me back up. Everything I look at or deal with or hang around, including my dog and/or my horse….my mind switches to all of the negatives of the situation. “I don’t exercise my dog enough. I need to brush her more. I’m a bad owner.”  Or, “Who knows if I can even ride anymore – I shouldn’t even be in the horse business. Who am I kidding? This dream is over.”

Those are old problems – old habits – that I would revert to years ago.  Yet here I am again, jumping to the negative. Assuming the worst of myself.  I’ll never succeed. I will be fired. My dream is over. Time to face the music.

Reality tries to triumph and tell me how much time I have left in my life to accomplish the things I want to do. To create my business and make it my life. To have a family.

Every year I battle this depression around my birthday, but I normally don’t have to suffer it a week in advance.  And the more people talk about it, the more depressed I get.

If I’ve learned anything, it’s that (of course ruling out PMS!), if I have emotional or somatic reactions that seem abnormal and out of context…Perhaps it’s not my current situation causing them, but implicit , or explicit, memories from the past.  Naming it helps.  But not quite enough.

I’ve talked to my close friends, but I don’t want to burden them now that I know the true cause of this “funk” that I’m in.  They’d listen, they’d be supportive…They know some of what I dealt with.  But I’ve been “good” for so long…I don’t want them to see my losing it now.

I’d strongly considered canceling my appointment with my therapist tomorrow, thinking that I’m just not “up” to dealing with my feelings and that it would be better to just leave it be and they’ll go away.  Now that I’ve realized the potential cause, maybe talking to her can help.  I can’t handle it, emotionally, if it makes it worse.

I feel like I’m fanning flames of a fire. I’m losing it. From the Lyme disease, I feel trapped in my body. I feel trapped at work. And now I feel trapped in my own mind.

And…. it begins again

I sent an email to my therapist last week asking if she had availability to fit me in at some point. In my email, I mentioned how long it’s been and that I wondered if she even remembered me. 

In her reply, the first thing she said was, “OF COURSE, I remember you, silly girl!!”

So, at that point I decided it was either good or bad that I was memorable enough to recall after a year. Although we had been doing consistent meetings for 3 years prior to that…. Eh, yeah. It was nice to be remembered. 

My appointment was at the end of my workday, and with how busy I am at work this time of year, it’s hard to get there on time. I was on time but definitely frazzled.  She asked if I had a headache, and when I said no, she said it looked like I didn’t feel good (I told her about my Lyme) or was stressed. I realized afterward that I had no mascara on….I at least used to put on mascara and powder. Now it’s an accomplishment if I go to work with both on. Today was just a powder day. It’s funny when people tell you you look tired when it’s simply because you don’t have much or any makeup on…or vice versa when they say you look great because you have makeup on but you feel like shit. 

I went on an abbreviated story of the last year. She reiterated the fact that I have a lot of stress. She’s always said that about my life. But it just makes me wonder….don’t most people have a lot of stress? 

Anyway, I also told her about some of my recent dating disasters, one of which turned into a mild form of stalking (if there can be such a thing as “mild” stalking). He started with contacting me on Facebook and text messsaging and calling me. I’d made it clear I didn’t want a relationship. So I ended up blocking his number and blocking him on Facebook. Then he found my work email by searching our university’s database. He started and continued to send me emails for months. This happened fall of last year and I got an email from him as recently as 3 or so months ago. I also started getting hang up calls from unknown numbers or calls where I’d answer and there would be breathing or talking in the background that would stop as soon as they’d realized I picked up the phone. 

I told my therapist all of this and she told me to make sure I don’t engage with him at all… That I don’t respond to his emails or phone calls. In the beginning I was replying because I thought he didn’t get it. Then I stopped. But my therapist said that this, in itself, is a type of trauma. I felt maybe she was exaggerating a bit, but she asked if I felt that my privacy had been violated and that I was helpless to stop the situation, which I did….And still do. I didn’t mention this to her but I do still dread if any of that may happen again.  It was when we were talking about this that I was reminded that when I received one of his emails was when I dissociated for the first time in quite a while. 

Of course, during this time in the session she asked me if I was dissociating. I said, “A little.”  She agreed and said it felt like I was just a little bit disconnected. But then I realized that the way I felt in the session seemed quite normal to me, making me wonder if I’ve been dissociating more than I realize. This is disconcerting to me. I thought I had a handle on that and I could detect it pretty well. 

We returned to the main reason I came. I had simply told her I had some things I felt I needed to work on. In all honesty, the “things” were quite major. I’ve had so many more thoughts…conflicting thoughts… about whether anything truly happened to me. I told her I just wanted someone to tell me, even though I know no one can.  She did tell me that, when I first came to her, my symptoms made it evident to her that something traumatic likely occurred. It’s validating but my mind seems to want to reject it. 

I’ve actually had 3 therapists now, over 7 years, tell me that same thing….And for some reason I don’t believe any of them. 3 therapists. You’d think that would be enough to convince myself that what I remember, the fragments that I have, are true. 

I also question if I’ve shut off my emotions or if I am feeling them. I feel sadness. But my range of emotions… I’m not sure it’s there. I am unsure if I had told my therapist this previously, but I mentioned that when I first started therapy well before I started with her, I couldn’t feel any emotions. None at all. They were all foreign. But that seemed normal to me. I am worried I’m heading down that same road. 

When I brought up the issue of “it” happening or not, she said it’s a little difficult to help me since she doesn’t know exactly what happened with my father. I told her I appreciated all of the help she provided me for so long without pushing to know more.  I told her I’d tell her, but just not today.  I am ready to tell her. I just have to think of what I need, self-care wise, to make the process as painless as possible. Or, I should say, ways to help deal with the pain in the best ways. 

That’s now my goal. I’m already thinking of a hand squeezing thing I can bring to try to stay grounded. Although I have yet to stay grounded even when thinking about it. Time will tell. 

A Delicate Balance

I have been thinking about writing here several times for the past few weeks. I don’t quite know what has stopped me.

Actually, that’s a lie. I do. I fear that when I detail out my life, my most intimate thoughts, that I’ll go to places I don’t want to go.  It’s part of the reason – or maybe the reason – I have not been to therapy in about a year.

I think about my therapist often. I go by her office nearly every day on the way home from work. Sometimes her car is there, sometimes it is not. I like to see her car and have the reassurance that she’s still practicing, in case I feel the need to go in for a session.  It’s been nearly a year, and I still like to have that small comfort; the thought that I have someone safe to talk to if the need arises.

My life lately has been completely engulfed by medical issues. I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease earlier this year.  It is suspected that I have actually had it for at least 12 years, which explains so many of the odd problems that I’ve had for so long.  It could have even been a cause, or major factor, in the onset of my depression when I was 15 (I currently don’t think about any other possible reasons why. That is my state of mind at the moment).

My heart rate is increasing as I write.  Why?

I am afraid to face the thoughts that always nag me….They are always there, ready to pounce during moments of emotional weakness.  And the thoughts have been coming on so much stronger. The question. Always the question.  And again, why?

Because of my life. Because of the way I’m living it. Because of who is in it. Every day. And the fact that I don’t mind it.  The fact that a part of me – and a larger one at that – is happy about it.

My heart rate is reaching its peak now. I feel myself starting to mentally drift away, like a small boat being hammered by relentless waves and pushed out to sea.  And so begs the question: should I be as okay as I am that my father is now such a large part of my life?  The even more horrible, intolerable question. One I’m not ready to face yet.

So I won’t. Not yet.

I have had time to come to terms with why I stopped therapy, and why I did it so abruptly.  While I had been going a bit less often, I simply told my therapist at the start of what would be our last session that I was thinking about quitting therapy.  So I did.

I’ve come to realize why.  I had been experiencing more and more medical problems during the time I was seeing her. I’d been seeing different doctors because something just seemed wrong.  And while my therapist was supportive that I get everything checked, she (to me) seemed just as supportive of telling me that all of my symptoms could also be psychosomatic.

I realize now, whether she really noticed or not, that I rebelled against that. I couldn’t handle the thought that, after everything, I could not trust even what my body was physically telling me.  I had such a fight going on in my head with one side telling me that my symptoms were legitimate and I shouldn’t stop trying to figure it out, and then the other side questioning every decision I made, whispering “it’s all in your head!”

It turns out that I was right to trust my body. Something was wrong. And it was and is effecting nearly every system in my body.  I wasn’t creating the arthritic type pains in my hands (at age 27). I wasn’t creating all of my extreme neck and back aches.  The shooting pains. The constant barrage of migraines (although those do get worse with stress). I wasn’t creating the sensitivities that made it painful to be touched.  It wasn’t psychosomatic issues that have caused my joint tissues to break down.

For that, I harbor a small amount of anger and frustration with my therapist, although I still think of her as being wonderful.  I get why she suggested those things.  But it caused me to question my own sanity. I would’ve gone on for years, continuing to suffer, while being told that if I moved past my mental demons, everything would go away.

My mental demons are still there, hidden way back in the recesses of my mind, but the pain is slowly getting better as I continue intense antibiotic treatment that will last approximately a year.

The result? Now I’m just left with my demons. I’ve gotten a good handle on them, though the way I’ve handled them is by ignoring them.  Constantly.  It’s worked for now, but somehow I know that things aren’t done. No matter how happy I may be at times, there’s always this question of whether that part of my life – the part I’ve pushed away – is still there.  Or even if it was real.

The more I push it away, the less real it is.  More and more often I find myself thinking, “No, that never happened. How could I ever thought it had? We have a relationship now. He clearly loves me very dearly.  It’s not possible. It’s a sin that I even think it was.” I questioned myself a lot while I was in therapy. Those questions eased a bit once I stopped.  Now I find myself facing those questions with a renewed fervor.

What if? What if? What if?

I know what she would say. She doesn’t know if it happened or not. She can’t tell me.  But OH, how desperately I wish she would.  How else do I come to terms with this?  I remember one of the things I told her in my last session – a big reason why I stopped – was that I felt I would never be able to answer that question for myself, so why keep up the torture?

Now the question is, which torture is worse? I can’t believe it happened, because he’s so much a part of my life now. That is irreversible.  He’s back in my life.  But I don’t want to reverse it. So what does that mean?  It means either that I’m a sick person or that I know it never happened.

And this is why I don’t know that I’d have the courage to see my therapist again.  What would she think? Sure, she’s not supposed to judge and all of that. But everyone – everyone – has opinions. No matter how much we try not to, there’s always some part that thinks about whether something is “right” or “wrong” based on our own personal standards and those of the general norm of human existence. It’s human. It’s inherent.  She will judge, whether she realizes it or not.

I guess I should call. My little boat is so far from shore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nail In The Coffin – But Whose Coffin?

Quite a lot has happened since I’ve last been on here.  I’ve wanted, many times, to come and write…But I’ve inevitably been so tired that I just end up falling asleep before I get the chance to get any thoughts out.  I’ve struggled with medical issues that continue to plague me.

But that’s not what brings me here tonight.

My job….Isn’t it pathetic that out of everything we as humans (or, we Americans…) can experience and do with our lives, our jobs have the ability to either make or break us?  How wonderful the world would be if we could all seek the knowledge we desire without financial barriers, to discover other cultures, to all learn how similar we are no matter our differences.

I’ve learned in my time now that I can see the best and the worst of people when I work with them.  I’m sure that’s the same of most professions.  How can you not get to know people so intimately, spending 40 hours a week with them?  However, there is something…disturbing to me about my boss, who began his position as director of our office in March.  From our first sit down during his initial week in the office, despite the outward appearance of collegiality, we clashed.  I do not know why.  This is truly not a case of my inability to see how I come across; I have had others confirm that it does seem like my boss doesn’t like me, no matter how kind, courteous, efficient, helpful, or any other adjective I am to him.

Here’s the kicker.

In a conversation with one of my colleagues, who happens to be my closest friend and the only friend who knows the deepest secrets of my past, he said some disturbing things.  He told her about his abusive past, which he’d mentioned before in a way to give context to how he sometimes doesn’t pick up on emotions very well.  He then told her that he “saw me coming from a mile away.”  He told her he could tell I’d been abused.

At that point in time, I’d had ONE conversation with the man.  How the FUCK could he know that.

It gets worse.

In another conversation with him, he was trying to “flatter” me into being willing to become a glorified secretary because that position was cut from our office budget.  My position is so many steps above that it’s not even funny….He has an illusion that he can move someone (me) into that position while retaining my current title.  While attempting flattery….or intimidation…. he commented how well I work with students.  He said it’s something that can’t be taught and that some of it’s natural, some of it’s training, and, of course, some of it’s from my background.

I was totally “there” and “present” during that meeting but for a second I just receded back into myself and started asking, what did he just say?  I wanted to verbally ask, “…And what background would that be?”  But I had lost my nerve.  With that one word, he took all of the gusto out of me.  And he knew it.

He had all the power.  With one word. One reference.

So, after a few other awful things happened in our office to me and to other people, we’ve finally had enough.  We went to the Equity office and Human Resources.  They are conducting an investigation, handled personally by their director.  I’ve already had two sit downs with them.  They’ve pulled in my direct supervisor as well as at least 6 other people from my office.  Yet, during my two sit downs, I couldn’t bring myself to mention his comments about my past.  Believe me, I had plenty of other problems to talk about….But I couldn’t do it.

Until today, when I saw how, over the past few days, he’s still been threatening good people with termination with no cause as if nothing is happening and ignoring the entire office except those who flatter him or get in his way.  So, I decided that I wanted to add a little fuel to the fire.  Perhaps put a nail in the coffin…..I don’t know.  I hope HR is preparing one for him.  But just in case, I’m going in to HR again, tomorrow, to tell them about what my boss “knows”….or thinks he knows.

I’m not a particularly good Christian. I rarely pray, and when I do, it’s pathetic.  Most Christians would probably listen to my views on God and religion and laugh and say I’m going to Hell…But no matter.

I need something tonight.  Prayer.  Karma.  Luck.  Because I’m about to tell someone (HR) about my past, who is then going to share it with someone else and then someone else.  The group of people who know is extremely small.  The amount of people who believe me?  Even smaller.  And, oh yeah….I can’t remember what I’ve put on here and what I haven’t, but my mother knows, or knew.  She’s decided she doesn’t think anything happened now. So count her in the group that doesn’t believe.  Super helpful.

But my boss could see me coming from a mile away.  What is this world that I live in?  How will I ever come to terms with this?  Even when I don’t share anything, my past comes up and haunts me.  Even when I don’t believe my past anymore, something comes up and haunts me again.  I will never be free of this, will I?