I am not okay. Are you not okay too?
Maybe you are in the same spot where the miscarriage is still raw, or you had yet another negative test or your period came this morning at work. Maybe you just can’t handle one more Facebook baby announcement (there is seriously something in the water) or maybe another co-worker is expecting.
Either way you are not okay because your face has been shoved in your miserable shit just one too many times lately and you are getting a little too close to the ledge.
When I get too close to the ledge I have what I call “episodes”. I had one over the weekend. A bit of wine and I was off doing something else and all of sudden it came flooding back to me. I have been to Toronto twice in the last two years and both times I was supposed to do something baby-related with one of my closest friends. And both times it didn’t happen. The next thing I know I am crying and I can’t stop. It is horrible, embarassing, lonely and alienating.
Once I went to a friend’s birthday party and all the women who showed up were pregnant. Another time it was a brunch. Both times I am in the bathroom sobbing and wishing the floor would open up and swallow me whole. I wanted to run out the door and not look back. I just couldn’t face a room/table full of people and their pity.
When I tell you I don’t have control over these episodes, I mean it. Trust me. I don’t want to come out to that party with a red nose and my eye make-up rubbed off. But I can’t stop. It is a visceral reaction.
Everything hurts. Everything.
Those of you on this journey know what I mean and for those of you not on the journey, sometimes we need space. I can’t make your baby shower/birthday party/kid-centered event. It doesn’t have anything to do with you, it is me. I am not okay.
I know you want to shout it out loud. I do too.