I hate to follow that post of such positivity with this one....but my blog has come to my aid countless times providing me with comfort and support from the only people in the world who truly can understand me and empathize with me for being the social outkast because my baby died: other BLMs. And so I share this....
I have not vented nor had the need to vent, about lost and broken friendships for several months. Those doors are closed, or so I thought, and I am focused on what matters in my life: my family. Not friendships that appear smooth on the surface while causing me pain underneath. I no longer have room in this heart of mine that has been slowly pieced back together, though one piece will forever be missing. My circle has definitely shrunk. And my family is really my center point and where I get all the love, nourishment, companionship, and entertainment from. I just wish what was in my head was the same as what is in my heart.
I don't know if I have written about the doctor and his family leaving town but they did this summer and it gave me a small peace of mind knowing I don't have to worry about turning the corner and running into them or seeing them on the road, etc. My guard was lifted a tiny bit. And I probably have written about losing friendships because the doctor's wife is still friends with those in our old circle, while we are not. I had "friends" tell me that we need to remember that this tragedy happened to TWO families in this town, theirs and ours. Though it was our son who died while theirs get kisses and hugs from them every day. As if it is important enough to mention, I was once very close friends with his wife, but our friendship fell apart about a year before I became pregnant with Chase. I have never been able to decide if this severed friendship led to the demise of my patient/doctor relationship during my prenatal care or not. There was nothing offered or received from her after the birth or death of Chase so all of it is neither here nor there in my mind. The problem I had was the support my friends were offering her rather than me. Why was it so important to them to remind me that she was not in the delivery room or that horrible operating room where her husband cut into me while I was screaming my lungs out and hitting him.....hours, hours, after he should have done something to save Chase, but was just too arrogant to admit that he might need to be concerned about the care he had given up to that point.
This has surfaced once again because though the family has relocated, she apparently, is back in town...for a party. A party with my former friends, whom I really wonder why I ever called them my friends or me theirs. This is one of those "clicky" desperate housewife type parties that the invite list changes every year--depending on the party thrower. I have never made the cut anyway, which is funny I know (pie in my face), unlucky me--whatever. But this year, they went out of their way to invite her again.....so she could make a special flight back into town just for it. Makes it sound like a pretty special party, huh? I thought so, too. These are the same friends who threw the doctor and his family a going away party this summer in a town three hours away bidding farewell to them with hugs and kisses and nice gifts. Wow--that kind of support for the man who did all this to me? Do they know that....or have they just forgotten? From the people who were supposed to be my friends? They never offered me that kind of support. Unless you call coming into my home the second Chase died to break down my crib and remove all my baby belongings so I wouldn't have any reminders of him when I walked in the door. Really? LIke I was going to leave Albuquerque and forget about my dead son if the crib and his clothes were not in my room anymore? At the time I tried to look into this with the best of intentions and understand these things as best I could. But wow, 1 yr 7mo2wk and 2 days into this grief cycle and it sounds insanely absurd to me now. If they would have truly known me and been my real friends, they would have known that that baby furniture had been in my bedroom far longer than it had not over the prior 5 years and removing it from my room under normal circumstances would have not even felt right to me. It was definitely not going to be something to send me over the edge coming home from the hospital without my baby in my arms. Quite the contrary, in all actuality, but again, how would they know that.
My anger comes out again....not from my heart, but from my head. A conflict so very difficult to mend....and will forever keep me out of balance. But my heart is in the right place. It is my head that still seeks confrontation and closure, which I will never get. Not the closure I want. When I ask what I could have possibly done to these people to make them so nonchalantly continue including this family in their lives and support them, someone said to me, "they just don't know what to say to you probably." Not. They feel guilty for supporting that family and not supporting ours.....despite over 30 years of knowing our family. I'm only venting here because it is the therapy I need. I don't seek their friendship or their comfort or their companionship. I am a different person. One they will never understand and will never know and I don't expect or desire that to change. I am getting this anger and frustration off my chest (out of my head) so I can once again lay it to rest without being judged.....and just hope it doesn't ever surface again. Because rest assured you'll hear about it here if it does. *sigh*