Note: I have removed commenting from this post, as it was written from one perspective only. While I need to honour that perspective by leaving it up here; it doesn’t fully indicate where I am, or how the year has gone. I’ll have another go at writing something after the medication has kicked in 🙂
A few of my fellow bloggers are doing reflections on the past year. I initially balked at doing something similar; because, well, I didn’t think that I had all that much to reflect on, or to be positive about. But then I got to thinking, and actually came up with a few… here they are, my random reflections, in all their crazy gloriousness…
I ended some extremely negative relationships:
- Kriss – who was psychologically abusive through his manipulation and inconsistency.
- Matthew – who the day before I attempted suicide, told me that we were all worthless in the big scheme of things, and that I would not be missed. This was not the reason for the suicide, but I think it acted as a final straw.
- My divorce became final. I am no longer tied in any way to that man.
- The last relationship was possibly the most important, as it was with someone who knew how to use my dissociation for his own gain. He shall remain nameless and faceless, but I’m glad I stood up to him and took steps to ensure my safety.
I meet some incredible people through the blogosphere, and even made some friends – despite reverting to “pompous mode” (otherwise known as insecure mode), on occasion. I’ve learned, laughed, got angry on your behalf and even occasionally shed a tear because of you all – thank you!
I attempted suicide, and survived. I meant to die. I wanted to die. But I didn’t. Some wizardry of the medical kind, protected my liver; while in the aftermath, the nurses treated me with professionalism. The suicidal ideation and intent hasn’t vanished, but it’s back to a level that is manageable in my daily life.
I said No to physical touch for the first time in my life EVER. Allison was saying that when she feels upset for her clients, she often wants to put her arm around them and give comfort through physical touch. As soon as she said this, I stamped both feet on the ground, like I was getting ready to sprint out the door, and firmly said No. Ok, so I said the word in a therapists office, where I have established that she will never touch me without consent, but still… I said the word. Loudly.
I started working with Allison. It’s been rough, and I still don’t understand her. But there’s a consistency in staring at her coffee table, feet, bookshelves or her rather sad pot plant. We talk. She forces me to slow down, to notice when I have reactions, to accept that I do react, and that it’s ok to do so.
I had brief contact with some of the ones within my system that I didn’t previously know about, but feared. All I knew was that there was something “bad” in The Basement of my internal house; but that “bad” turned out to be ones which are very hurt. I know my work with what they hold is by no means complete, but it was started.
I was reminded that I can’t work on one part of the system, to the exclusion of other parts; instead, I must think of my being in it’s totality. I still struggle with this, but if I wandered too far into a particular coping mechanism, or way of being; there would be a reaction or incident that would remind me that I’m not dealing with one aspect of my life at a time anymore.
At work, I received mixed messages about my performance. I was given an excellent performance review, asked to act as team leader and manager during absences; but was not given a pay rise. The high performer within me wants to know how to be perfect, and therefore be worthy of a pay rise; while the realist in me knows that the pay issue is tied to the economic and political times, more than my performance. It’s a good reminder, that I still need to work on gaining satisfaction from my job that is independent of others. I still rely on others to prove my worth and validate my existence. I need to shift that, so that I can gain job satisfaction without needing others approval.
I did my little bit to fight the changes brought about by the new ACC clinical pathway. I wrote a couple of posts, got into some verbal exchanges on some forums, and even ventured into other peoples blogs to discuss the issues. Sometimes, I didn’t cope well… but sometimes, I was proud of what I was doing. I may not have made any impact on the policies, but there were big changes in my healing as a result. I stood up for myself, and that caused a positive flow-on effect. On a personal level, my struggles with obtaining ongoing ACC coverage aren’t over, but that’s another story.
I worked on creative expression. I found that although I can rarely “look inside” and get a direct answer, I can do a Polyvore set or write a poem, and find an answer. I often get scared of what is communicated, or don’t understand it. But, I’m a work in progress, and I can learn. There is more trust from the system because of my willingness to work in this way.
I’ve learned an awful lot this past year. I think that’s possibly why I fear 2011 so much… the stakes are so much higher.
I wish you all the best for the coming year. Take care out there…