If you haven't been through an emotional trauma like I have, you probably don't know how your body reacts to it.
After Barry passed, I ate...but I didn't really eat. I didn't snack, I ate my small meals, I didn't get pleasure out of eating. I lost a LOT of weight in the first couple months, it was literally pouring off of me. I've kept up with the weight loss since then, very slowly albeit, but I've managed to lose about 80lbs since a year ago.
Now that the one year anniversary is a mere 13 days away, it finally hit me this morning that my body is going through the same thing. Food is starting to lose its appeal to me, and I am losing the desire to eat. I get hungry, but nothing is appetizing to me at all. I know I am hungry right now, and I had a yoplait light yogurt for breakfast, but that's all I can stomach. I just don't want to eat. So I drink water.
*disclaimer* yes I still eat, but i only eat because I have to, not because I want to. I don't eat a lot.
For quite some time after Barry died, food had no taste to me. I ate so much yogurt because it was the only thing I could stomach. Everything tasted like sand. Food is starting to taste like sand again.
I am very angry right now, and a bucket of tears. I think I have cried every day since the beginning of the month. I feel like my life is in a jumble, a snake pit...everything writhing around and you cant tell where something begins and ends. Plus, add in the chaos of getting ready for our trip, and that just makes a whole big hot mess.
Tonight starts our next grief support group, and I am so looking forward to it. Despite the fact that it takes up 4 hours of my monday nights twice a month, I love it. I get to be with people that have been what I have been through. I need this support.
We leave for Florida in a mere eight days. Next Tuesday night we will be getting on a plane and escaping life for two weeks. I can not wait. I hope that this vacation is a break for us, that I will get somewhat of a chance to recharge (yes, I know I said recharge and I am going to Florida by myself for two weeks with four kids, but it WILL be a good vacation), and get a grasp on my life. I can sit by the pool and read while the kids play. I can ride space mountain. I can eat a smoked turkey leg. I can have a beer in Epcot Germany in remembrance of my darling husband. I can go to Hogwarts and Hogsmeade village in Universal Orlando and remark to the kids how much their daddy would have loved it, how in his element he would have been. I will put my feet in the Atlantic Ocean, I will go to Nasa and stare in awe. And I will have a good time, I will get a tan, and I will come back wishing I could stay forever.
I need this vacation, I need to get away from my snake pit of a life. I need to be happy, if just for two weeks.