Concerning My Absence

I don’t like to air my grievances. Normally, this would be written in a private journal, but I feel that I owe it to my readers to explain my absence the past two days.

Those of you who know me know that my husband and I parted ways back in October 2014 and that I moved back home to Virginia and he has remained in Oklahoma. The nine years that I lived in OK were not good ones. I was very ill, physically and mentally, during those years. Some of it was from being homesick the entire time, some of it was due to my husband being a narcissist who made my life miserable, and other parts of it was that I had few friends there to help me. The mental illness that I have suffered from for most of my life became overwhelming in those years. I was suicidal, a cutter and burner, and hospitalized numerous times. It took a lot of therapy and determination for me to leave there.

Since I’ve returned home to my beloved Virginia, my health, physical and mental, has greatly improved. In fact, I’ve gone off of all of my psych meds. I am no longer stressed or anxious all of the time and I haven’t had any depressive episodes since the first week I returned home. Until two days ago, that is…

Two days ago, I received an email from my estranged husband (he and I have been on good terms since September 2015, having worked through most of our differences via email and phone). Before I left in 2014, he and I were renovating the house we lived in. He wanted me to stay until the renovations were complete, but I just couldn’t do it. This left some HUGE messes all over the house – primarily in the kitchen, main bedroom and bathroom. He still has not completed those renovations and because he is a pack rat, things have become worse. In his email, he asked me to come back to OK and help him finish the renovations and get the house back in order. You see, he has fallen into a deep depression since I left and hasn’t been coping well. He has also made some new discoveries about his sexual identity and that too has left him in a bit of a funk.

When the email arrived and I read it, a dark cloud descended upon me. I relived our entire life from April of 2005 when we arrived in OK until October 2014 when I left. I won’t go so far as to say I’ve been depressed, because I know what depression is and I know when I am in it, but my mood has soured and a darkness has surrounded me. The mere thought of returning to OK has crippled my ability to think, concentrate and even write. It really has nothing to do with him. We are in a good place now and I wouldn’t mind seeing him again, just not in OK. It is that place… that house, that state. The thought “I nearly died there” keeps running through my head. I just cannot bring myself to go back there.

I struggled for two days about what to tell him. How to tell him no. I didn’t want to be the reason why depression would cripple him further. But the one thing I’ve had to learn about myself is my limitations. I can no longer do things to please someone else that are detrimental to my own health and well-being. So after living with this dark cloud for two days, I finally replied to his email this morning and told him NO and I told him why – because of what OK represents to me about my health. I know he will not receive the news well and I will regret hurting him and letting him down, but I will stand firm behind my answer and my reasons.

And so, dear readers, I have felt the lifting of the cloud today. Thankfully, I had scheduled ahead many of the posts you’ve all been reading the last couple of days.. here on this blog and on my other two blogs. I’ve fallen behind in the NaJoWriMo, and both of the poetry challenges. So I will likely just skip the missed posts and carry on with the upcoming prompts. As time allows today, I will try to catch up with comments and get back to reading the A2Z blogs tomorrow on our day off. Thank you, if you managed to read this in its entirety. I know it is a long post.

Love & Blessings
Lori

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13 thoughts on “Concerning My Absence

  1. I’m very proud of you for standing up for yourself. It’s a hard thing for women to get rid of the people-pleasing part of our personalities. But no one will put you and your health first unless you do. You are right to be your own advocate and protect yourself from harm. Keep making those good decisions, and don’t let a man try to guilt you into blaming yourself for his problems!

    • Thank you, Lexa 🙂 I appreciate the encouragement and your kind words. He actually felt bad after sending that request and sent another email telling me to ignore it. Of course, that was two days later after I had worried over it for nearly two days! Oh well.. thanks again hun!

  2. You made the right choice and I’m glad you feel like the dark clouds are lifting. No reason to put yourself somewhere you know unhappiness waits. I’m sorry you did have to go through a period of suffering, but glad you made it through.

  3. Hi Lori, thank you for explaining your absence in such an open and honest way. It must have been very hard to do what you did. i hope your ex appreciates it. By doing what you did, you are standing your ground, respecting and nurturing yourself. And him. Had you returned against your deepest instincts not to, it would have done an injustice to both of you and not been helpful to either. Your resilience, courage and strength will keep you walking in the right direction. Bless you 🙂

    • Thank you, Raili… I hope he will see it that way too. He’s really in a bad way right now, so I am not sure he will. But I do know I did the right thing. Thank you for the support! *hugs*

  4. I’m sorry for what you’ve gone through Lori. I pray that your healing process will be easy and that someday, the past will be in the past. You’re so brave for saying no, for now, focus on yourself and let yourself heal. Don’t force anything until you’re ready. May the sun always shine on you.:)

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