We are rapidly approaching 4 years. FOUR YEARS. Sigh. I have started trying to donate platelets on a regular basis. Turns out it was me, not Molly, who has a very high platelet count: 420. Higher than 450 is indication that you have something going on that should be checked out, but in the 400's is very helpful. They get the amount they need much quicker. But they have to be careful to not take too much, because only a certain amount can survive. These are all things I learned on Saturday.
My lessons right now consist of relearning how to be here and now, be a widow, a solo mom, be Sabrina, and not be clawing desperately at the life walls that surround me, begging for a way to not have to face any of the things that I have no choice but to face.
I just took a moment to think about whether or not to talk about how the political situation is affecting me. I decided, for now, to leave it. And mention only that my fear about the trajectory of things caused headaches so bad that no medication touched it, I had to have an MRI, they thought I might have shingles, or trigeminal neuralgia, they gave me 4 different prescription medications which did all of nothing so I ended up in the ER. They gave me a shot of valium, which tickled the pain. I'm seeing a chiropractor finally, taking ibuprofen and tylenol in alternating doses and hating the drugs big time. Valium at night if need be, but to be honest, I'd rather drink a little too much wine than screw with a drug like that. So...
Baby steps. That's all I've got. I hid from the pain looking for sexual connections because the power of visceral physical connection hid the pain that made it so I could not breathe. Breathing is pretty essential for life. So I did that dumb thing I revert to...and it, of course, didn't work.
But through those silly and understandable efforts and reading The Little Prince to my class, I had a thought that I hope might be a realization to guide me. It is just this: I would like someone who can tame me. I mean, that's what John did. We didn't have the words for it when it happened. But I figured it out when we planned our ceremony. I asked my friend to read the part of the Little Prince when the fox and he talk about taming...I want someone willing and wanting to come to me at a certain time each day, so that I begin to look forward to their step approaching. And I'd love it if someone could be the kind of person that would put up with my strange and potentially difficult to predict desires for compliments and comfort. And, if that person would also trust in me to arrive for them, hope for me to arrive for them, around the same time...to open their heart, just a tiny bit at a time is fine...so we can learn each other...and trust me enough to be annoying around me...the gift of that would fill my heart and soul to a place of joy. And I would be grateful.
But I can only control me. Not other people. So I don't want to swipe left or right. I guess I would rather be alone? The man at the Red Cross blood donation center, when I told him it had been almost 4 years, quietly and briefly, without judgement asked me "So, you don't want to be with anyone again?" That was the first time I've ever gotten that question. I guess, enough time has passed, and I am not with someone...perhaps it is not about what I want, but what I will allow close to me and to my children. I have never been a planner that way. I never had a type. But I look for a heart. John's heart, oh it sang to me! Which is funny because he was a HORRIBLE singer!!! But his heart...yeah. I always worried I wasn't the right match for him because I am not an athlete and could never keep up with him. Perhaps, what mattered to him and why we made sense, is my heart...perhaps my heart sang to his, too.
Think I could find a way to put that on a dating profile?