I’ve been tossing around adding an entry to this blog for quite a bit, but haven’t felt the usual surge of emotion that usually inspires me.
I decided earlier today to re-post an older entry and then take a nap (which I half did…I posted…I didn’t nap). And then…I just kept thinking about what’s been going on. In my head and in my life.
Last week was rough. Like REALLY rough (insert needed emotion!).
I say this a lot, but if anyone knows me knows…that I have dealt with loss. Grief.
I still do. The pain is real. My other half is amazing when it comes to understanding and caring for me during me “down” times. I try to keep it real, but the rest of the family is pretty protected from my spiral. I try to be fully there for them when they do their spiral. Which for the youngest, it has happened more recently lately. I think it’s just the time of year.
Anyhow, I got stuck in some memories. Some pretty bad ones. It involved a boyfriend who I adored, Matthew, who passed from leukemia. His last days, as you can expect, were extremely hard.
So F-ing hard.
There’s many layers to that. Not only for the obvious reasons…of him dying. But (as I have written about before, yes, I know), there were so many other situations that were happening at the same time. There were some of his family members who treated me unjustly. In so, so many ways. From being denied a last good-bye…to items in the home…to the obituary (and so on…).
For whatever reason, though, I was catapulted to just before that. The week before that. For really one of the first times. I haven’t talked much about the before.
The week before….this poor man’s chest was filling up with fluid, he needed chest tubes. First one lung…then the other. Then he needed a home nurse to drain them. I stepped in to help (I then realized nursing would never be my career… maybe it would be different if I wasn’t in an intimate situation with my patient?). Judging by my struggle to not pass out, it worked out okay that the hospital staff were the ones that tended to that task. But when going back to the ER, he looked at me. I am not sure why I forgot that look. And I forgot that moment. Until last week.
“I don’t want to do this any more”.
He looked at me and said this. He was done fighting.
That moment was front and center last week. Like it was yesterday.
And I got the very last look from him…a bit later, when the doctor told him he was being intubated and put on life support before being transported to Boston. It was just us. Because I was there…not just at the end…not when it was convenient…but because I was there every second I could be.
I’m still not sure why I was treated so badly right after that moment…I welcome the family to reach out to me to explain.
But, now looking back, I did get the goodbye I needed.
Closure? I think so.