I started my weekend before Christmas with a disturbing night of my heart trying to pound its way out of my chest, bringing with it images of me going to the ER, and trying to convince them I didn’t want to die, I wanted them to find out what was wrong but things just kept going wrong. I tossed a little and my heart settled down briefly before it would start again. I overslept, afraid to get out of bed. Dressed in a dress that I used to wear to church and collapsed on the couch. I was supposed to do so many things in preparation for the Holiday but I was torn between doing what I was supposed to do or go to the ER and get checked out. To be cautious I took my pills, the blood pressure and anti-anxiety and anti-depressant. It alleviated some, but I swear to you my chest was sore, and I wasn’t breathing deeply (although when I wanted to I could) I was sure I was going to die.
For someone who has the odd insensibility to take a serrated blade diagonally across my left wrist, dying of something I couldn’t control would be a blessing of sorts….right? I realized I didn’t want to die. I have been having too many ideas for books and things that I can do with my limited funds and time. I was convinced in my terror that I was going to die.
When my sister came home with Mom and Mom had to run to the bathroom we had a few minutes alone. I expressed to her my fear and then the floodgates broke and I cried. I didn’t want to, I wanted to keep everything in. Keeping everything in isn’t always the best way and just the brief amount of time I cried on her shoulder did a world of good. I still felt frail and I wasn’t keen on the idea of driving to San Francisco and having an anxiety attack in the car or in my friend’s car or anywhere actually. I missed church the next day, again afraid that I wouldn’t be able to not break down again. I used the excuse that I didn’t have appropriate clothes, but we all know Heavenly Father loves us if we wear the wrong clothes to church, but I didn’t want to get out of my bed.
I survived the Christmas festivities with the family on Christmas Eve, and then the Dr. Who Christmas Special with friends on Christmas evening. I’m back a work now, able to be back on my schedule of shots and pills and knowing that things will be okay if I just stay stalwart on that path. I need to meditate. I need to find things for myself. Mom can join me, but I won’t pay for her and I won’t stay home unless she asks me. I don’t ever want to be overwhelmed by Anxiety like that again. It wasn’t a needful Christmas present.