I talked here about how we were doing things a little differently this cycle by telling more people about our cycle. This has meant that we've had to tell people about our miscarriage too.
I am glad that I did this. I think it's given our chosen ones a bigger glimpse into what infertility has been like for us.
The texts and phone calls that we have received from them have been really helpful. Yes, I did bawl when I told them, and I bawl when they send me their condolences.
I don't think there is anything anyone can say that will make us feel better, but it helps to know that people understand a little bit more of what we are going through. Infertility and loss has been a very lonely place.
Feeling isolated from our friends and family has been a huge part of our infertility journey. I struggle with feelings of anger towards some of our so-called closer friends and family members who have never really asked or tried to get what infertility has been like for us. I haven't wanted to burden them in the past, so I never pressed for a conversation. For some reason- probably because this has gone on so long, and become so painful, now I feel differently.
Today, I don't regret sharing with them. And to those who have not responded as we would have hoped, it stings, but I just make a mental note about it. I won't include them as much on our next go around, whatever that might be. I've done that with a couple of people in past cycles already. One sadly, was my aunt who had a daughter via egg and sperm donor. It would have been nice to have her for her support, but it became obvious that she wasn't able to give any. Another one of those relationships was with my sister, but I chose to fight for that one because I thought there was potential. And because she's my sister. After our talk, she's been a lot more supportive.
It felt like the weak thing to do by asking for what I needed from her, but now it feels like I did the strong thing. If that makes any sense.
When asked how I am doing, I describe what happened in some form of saying, "a lot of salt in an already large wound". I think it describes how we are feeling quite well.
What has been a little awkward for me is in a strange way, is getting what I've asked for.
Written (texted) communication is easier for me. I can plan what I want to say. I suppose I can be more controlled, in an uncontrolled way. I can bawl my face off writing the response, but still say what I want to say. I don't think I could do that face to face, I usually just shut down, giving people this impression that I am "so strong", which is not what I want at all.
Some people have called and offered to drop by. For now, I've politely refused those contacts. I don't know if I'm trying to spare them? Or if I'm scared of what might happen if I do talk to them. Probably more of the latter. In the last couple of days, I am sure I could not have made coherent sentences, but would have just cried uncontrollably. Today, maybe I could. I don't know. I'll have to think about it.
It's a little bit weird to have shared with them but I think I am glad that I did.
Physical Miscarriage Symptoms:
- This morning I awoke to some peach coloured discharge. I haven't had a drop of spotting this entire pregnancy.