I was so distraught when Charles was out somewhere in the city after relapsing from heroin addiction. He still had not admitted to being addicted to that drug although he did admit to an addiction to an opiate. Sort of.
He didn’t want us to know all the ugly details and HIPAA prevented anyone from sharing information with us. So we had to rely on what he was telling us which was usually fabricated or only partly true.
How could I make a decision on wobbly information?
My brain was decision impaired. I wanted all of it to stop–go to Peru, stay in a cave until all of this nonsense had blown over and gotten resolved. As I was sure it would one day. We’d worked too hard to lose now.
My timing was off. I admit that. It was not the time to take a break and regroup. My brain was begging me to, my heart was saying, “We need to take a closer look at this. Now’s not the time for recess, but a time for action.” My emotional state was too far gone and it was useless. How had I pulled myself out of the water after a broken neck? Escaped attempted rape and murder at knifepoint? Survived a brain tumor only for my fight or flight to give up on me now?
Like Charles’ brain let him down by telling him he was worthless, mine let me down because it wouldn’t engage when I needed it, and no amount of mindful breathing was bringing it back online.
And it did end. Not the way I wanted and the horror the news of his suicide was like a hatchet coming down on my hopes and dreams. My foundation was snatched out from under me as I tried to hold onto it and bring it back for a do-over.
I wanted to declare that a mistake had been made. I didn’t want him to end. I wanted the addiction to end.
It took a lot of time for me to resolve this and forgive myself. It took a long time before I understood what happened. I did over time. It doesn’t mean I never have a bite of regret. I do. But I remind myself it was a situation in which I didn’t have control.