Friday, May 21, 2010

Regression is Progression

I have been working very hard at putting one foot in front of the other each day, at moving forward and finding hope amongst all the pain. But this past weekend I lived what I already knew, and that is that, even as I begin to heal emotionally there will be backwards steps, and wow did I backstep!

As I mentioned in a previous post, once Chad and I found out about the miscarriage, we called off our trip to Florida to visit friends and family. A mutual friend of ours who has been very close throughout the process wanted to visit us instead and we thought it was a great idea. It seemed like the perfect way to get some in person support and positivity. It was a short trip and started out with lots of fun and laughter but on the second day I had kind of a break down.

The day started out pleasantly. The three of us made plans to get out of the house and enjoy the great Saturday ahead of us, but after a little while I found myself getting easily irritated for no real reason. I couldn't really understand why I was so moody all of the sudden. The guys tried to help and truly were being nice about it, but my emotions kept snowballing and before I knew it I was a crazy mix of sad, mad and confused. I became a crying mess and the worst part was I couldn't really understand why. I felt like a prisoner in my own head. Inside I knew there was nothing to be upset about, I knew I was being overly emotional and irrational but I couldn't stop myself from feeling what I felt. And then the tears suddenly gained a focus and a meaning and that's when I really cried it out.

I realized that although it didn't seem like it at first, it was still all about losing Sprout. Our friend was supposed to be visiting later, once the baby was born, and although his visit was great it was a also a reminder of what I had lost, what should have been but wasn't. Not knowing why I was upset at first also contributed to the intense emotions because I really started to wonder if I was losing my mind. Luckily, I was the only one that thought that and not only did I get amazing support from Chad and our friend, but as always my Twitter girls came to the rescue and assured me that even though it didn't feel like it, what I was going through is completely normal.

And that's the truth, it is completely normal. I am healing and feeling more hopeful and at peace everyday, but that doesn't mean I don't also still feel pain. And although it felt like a giant step backwards to lose it like that, I realize that I was actually accessing and getting out some of the pain I hadn't felt yet. Getting it out is the only true way for me to heal, so I even though it felt like I was regressing I know that it was really progress instead. The big myth is that healing of any kind is linear, that you just keep going through the stages of grief one by one until you're all better, but the truth is, the path is bumpy and there are many twists and turns along the way. I have to give myself permission to have the bad days as well as the good. I am still putting one foot in front of the other every day and I am lucky enough to have an amazing support system to help me through on the days I step in muddy water. If I need to cry I will cry, but if I want to laugh I can do that too, even at the same time!
I know I'm not completely restored or emotionally healed yet but that's OK, I don't need to be, I just need to be true to me.


BeEncouraged said...

Perfectly stated. I like the way you think:-)

Dr. Edward Ramirez, MD, FACOG said...

Holly, I am so sorry for your miscarriage. It makes the journey all the more harder. Yet, you must stay positive. Your positive pregnancy made it clear that you can accomplish all the steps you need in order to become pregnant. Now, it is just a matter of finding that "good egg", which is why IVF often works better than IUI or timed ovulation w/Clomid. I don't know all the particulars of your case but I can see that you are going to succeed, you & your husband have a lot going for you. I will keep my fingers crossed! EJR, MD

Beckie's Infertile said...

Thinking of you sweets! I hate that infertility hurts sooo much!

Hugs to you!

Waiting Lisa said...

You are absolutely right. It's all a normal part of the process. Keep working through it and know I am here for you whenever you need me.

Thinking of you and sending love and *hugs*.

Jen @ After The Alter said...

I"m sorry you had such a rough weekend with your friend. It is part of the process. its amazing how your emotions can get the best of you for no real reason, and you really have no idea when it's going to come about....hugs!