Friday, November 18, 2011
Miscarriage Therapy Session # 1
J pulled up to the building and let me out into the pelting rain. This is it I think. Time to go in and get some therapy.
First thing first, I have to check in with the receptionist and use their computer to log my emotions. Have I been suicidal? Have I had thoughts of harming anyone? Have I had marriage issues? Those are just some of the general questions that I have to answer in order to get seen at my appointed time. Thankfully there is an essay block where I can type in the real reason I need to see my therapist today....miscarriage. Plain and simple I need to find a better way to grieve.
20 minutes later I'm in the therapy room. My doctor asks me how I'm doing. I'm trying not to lie but I feel like I have to close up. I have to protect myself from further hurts. She sees that I'm already closing down within minutes of the session.
JD gets me to open up a bit. Just a bit and some tears flow. Quickly I suck it all back in and start bouncing my left foot up and down while the right one rests over it crossed at the knee. She says to me, "do you see what you are doing?". I respond with a squeaky voice with a simple, "Yup". Why she wants to know. I explain that crying is a waste of energy and that I was taught to suck it all up. She says she can see that I'm angry. Correct I am. I'm very angry. I'm being childish but I'm angry at myself and the world. She explained to me that I'm "wasting" more energy by letting the anger build up when I should let the tears flow. Its okay to cry. Its okay to feel hurt and betrayed and all those other emotions that we go through when we have lost someone important to us.
She explained to me it doesn't matter how far along I was pregnant, the fact is that its harder when you go through IVF because you know you are going to create that baby and have it transferred to your body. You know you are pregnant even if only for a little time.
So JD and I are going to work on my issues with this miscarriage on a weekly basis until I can learn to grieve and let go. I really need this as I go into my next IVF cycle. I'm scared of losing another pregnancy.
Even now I'm sucking the tears back in. I'd like to try to schedule a tear session for Sunday when J has his CQ duty. I'll have the house to myself for 24 hours and I'll be able to possibly let go and give myself some time to grieve. Yes, I'm embarrassed to be seen crying. I never used to be this way. This is something that has recently started and I don't know how to let go and lose control now. Its scary.