Friday, December 17, 2010

Bits and Pieces

A very quick checking in since my last posting was so terribly sad...

I've been on the roller coaster ride and it's been moving at hyper speed these last few days. Yesterday I curled up into a little ball and screamed for about two hours, wedged on the floor between the coffee table and the sofa. Long story short - my doctor wants me to wait to try to get pregnant again until February. More on that later, it brought up a lot for me, but, I think I'm a bit more resolved with it right now than I was yesterday.

I got a massage tonight. My body is so incredibly tender that the slightest touch really physically HURT. My back has so many sensitive spots, especially along the spine. It was a deep massage, but even the gentle work was really pretty painful. But I think it helped to release some of the knots. The massage therapist is also an energy worker and asked if I was okay with him doing some hands-on-energy type work. (Remember, I live in hippy-dippy Northern California, this stuff is very run of the mill here.) I told him of course I was okay with it. He spent a lot of time with his hands hovering over my heart, and also over my womb. I'm usually pretty skeptical, but it did feel gentle, and healing, and nurturing, and powerful as he worked. After he was done, he asked if I was okay with him sharing his visualizations, again, I told him okay. He said that especially when he had his hands over my womb, he kept getting strong visualizations of rainbows, and that if I could meditate on rainbows and bringing "rainbow energy" into my body it might help in my healing. I have never really even thought about calling a future pregnancy "my rainbow" even though I know many BLMs do, but when he said, "Your body is just calling out for a rainbow" it was like his words pierced something and I just started bawling.

I am going back to yoga next week. I am writing it here so that I am at least somewhat accountable. I think it will be good for me. I think it will be terrifying. I want to do this. I am scared I won't go.

Tess wrote a great piece about grieving without hope, about grieving when TTC is put on hold, and it's been on my mind a lot today. I really wanted to get pregnant NOW. Erik and my perinatologist are the voices of reason and are really concerned that my body isn't ready to hold a pregnancy yet. So while I want to just throw caution to the wind and "let fate run its course" I also realized that if I were to do that, and I were to lose the pregnancy, I would blame myself for not following the doctor's recommendations and lord knows I don't need any more of the blame game with regard to pregnancies and babies. I know I could still lose a pregnancy a few months down the road but at least I won't blame myself the same way I could if I blatantly disregarded the doctor's advice in these next few months. So I am reluctantly throwing in the towel for a while. As Tess mentioned, the grieving game takes on a whole new tone when TTC is not in the cards. The hope for a future child is removed, albeit temporarily. And it leaves me so sad, so alone, so desperate...what do I do with that? how can I cope? how will I make it through these days without that little anchor of hope stringing me along?

I just will.

Delving into some craft projects, getting back to yoga, taking really, really, really good care of my body and my heart. It fucking sucks, sure. But it also feels a little bit hopeful in a very different way, a way that is still simmering in my brain right now, I can't quite put it to words, but it has something to do with taking really good care of myself and being gentle and allowing healing into my heart, my body, my soul. Feeling hopeful for me, just me. For the life I used to live, where I knew joy, and peace, and contentment, at least every so often; and for the life I someday hope to live again.


æ said...

it sounds like you, it does.

thinking of you so much sarah love.


Maddie said...

Taking care of yourself is important and I think it will help your healing. Thinking of you.

Maddie x

My New Normal said...

I am in a similar situation to yours. We lost our son in August and because I delivered him via c-section we have been advised to not TTC for 9 months. This is so my body can heal fully.

At first I was devastated to think that we couldn't try again for such a long time. Like you, I longed for a new baby, a new pregnancy, something to look forward to. But now I realize that this time off is a gift, it's a time for me to heal emotionally as well as physically. The ability to really grieve the loss of my son without any other distractions.

Also, I'm not sure how this new, fragile me would be able to handle the disappointment of not getting pregnant. I think the tears and sadness that would come along with a failed cycle would multiply the tears I am already shedding for my angel.

Just know that you will get through this. As much as some days we don't feel strong, we are stronger than we think. Hugs.

Missy said...

I can't help but wonder if not succeeding these last two months is my body's way of saying it's not ready. I understand your fears for I have felt them too. I have been working really diligently these last couple of weeks to overcome some of my hang ups. I keep forgetting that I don't have control and I marvel that I have not learned that lesson by now. I'm trying to learn to live and let everything else be. It's much easier said than done. Thinking of you and sending love!

brianna said...

I understand your fears associated with not being able to be trying to conceive another child. It seems like just months into the future is an eternity away.
My experience has been similar the poster above. I had a c-section with George and so I was advised to wait six months before we tried to conceive again. That was fine with me. I really looked at the time ahead of me as a time to not just heal physically but also emotionally- as the two are very closely related.
it sucks that you can't be actively trying to get pregnant again even though you really want to but I do think it is great that you have a plan for yourself during this time.
Hugs to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi my sweet friend... you wrote from the heart, and you wrote beautifully. I seem to hear the same thing over and over the last few days... take care of you.
I just need to get to the point where I will listen.

Jenn said...

I'm right there with you, Sarah. Plans on hold until at least February. And it sucks! I'm pissed and so upset about it. But I'm going to use this time wisely and get myself as ready as I can be to try again. Thinking of you as we go along on this journey and wishing you patience and hope in the coming months. xx

zubeldia said...

My body tingled all over when I read the words of the energy worked. It's beautiful imagery, Sarah, so beautiful.

I'm so sorry you have to wait to TTC, my friend. Sending much, much love.