How to Rock an Emergency… Temporarily

It’s been quite a month, friends.

Since my last post, Christmas Eve, describing the way our holiday went Not at ALL to Plan, we took another (final) trip to the Emergency Room  with my eldest child — the one who tried to lose all her blood — and, well, I’ve been trying to stay afloat ever since.

Good news is, she’s on the mend. Slower than we’d like, but on the mend. 

Bad news is, the crisis has passed, so it’s time for my nervous breakdown.

Y’all, I AM SO GOOD IN AN EMERGENCY. 

I am Wonder Woman times infinity. 

Magic arm braces. An unflagging sprint. Knockers for dayz (and confined in a spectacularly uncomfortable rig.) Flowing locks. Furrowed brow. Srsly, I’m so, SO good.

I’ve found all it takes to rock an emergency, really, is putting one’s feelings on lock-down. In a vault. With chains. And a laser beam grid protecting the perimeter lest one finds oneself tempted to approach them. Then one may operate from a place of pure logic and calm.  It may be a teeny, tiny bit Dexter-style psychopathic, but it’s SUPER effective. 

Until it isn’t.

Eventually, a crisis ends. Which seems like a nice time to unlock those feelings, assess them, and manage them maturely. To feel the feelings, you know? Which I hear won’t kill you. But I like to keep them on lockdown, instead. 

Shoved deep down inside.

To the molten core of the Earth.

Where at some point, they will overheat and explode, causing more damage in the volcanic, erupting inferno than they ever could have had I unpacked them proactively.

It’s a fun game.

You should try it.

All the cool kids are doing it. 

So here we are, several weeks past the crisis, and I’m starting to feel the shakes. 

It’s a bummer, man.

I’m coping how I usually do. I’m eating my feelings which taste like potato chips and discounted Christmas candy. I’m having occasional moments of clarity and self-compassion. And I’m in full-on hiding mode.

Except I’m not dressed and my room’s not that clean. ^^^

I’m more like this:

Maybe I’ll get dressed tomorrow. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s impossible to say.

For now, I’m going to take one deep, incredibly slow breath, and I’m going to use my nice words, even about myself. 

More soon, friends.

Waving,

 

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ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
18 comments
  1. I am so glad that I am not the only one! I tend to reach for anything chocolate when my emergencies arise because chocolate solves all of the worlds problems right?!

  2. Yep, that’s how it works. Day 7 of being in the ICU with the husband after a brain bleed (his), an old friend showed up from out-of-town with a bag full of goodies to see us (me) through another couple of days. That’s when I lost it, and not before then. And the kid who has been the walking wounded for 2.5 years, ever since that 23-foot fall onto his back? I only fall apart in the middle of the night when no one else can see.

    Rest, recover, and rise to battle again.

  3. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one! I am pretty good in an emergency (I WISH I didn’t know that!) but the aftermath is quite ugly!!!

    Glad to hear you are all on the mend!!

  4. LOVE your quilt!

  5. I’m still cowering post-Christmas, and we weren’t in the hospital. You rock those salty chips and cozy blankets — sending love and hugs from my little cocoon, too! xoxo

  6. Oh my me too! I always pictured my feelings locked down deep under the early, topped with a manhole cover, with chains over top,and lots of steel bars, and a spinny-wheel lock like they have on bank vaults 🙂

    Waving back darlin’! You’re not alone

    1. That was earth, not early LOL need more coffee!!!

  7. Oh man. My freshman year of college, my roommate had massive panic attacks on the regular – like, weekly. I was the rock. I knew where her inhalers were if it got to that point, I could see the symptoms like those epilepsy dogs, I was on a first name basis with the EMTs. I’m SO good in a crisis. And then I totally lose it once the need for cool-headedness is past. The stress of caretaking will always manifest – the sooner you get it over with, the better. My stress tastes like ice cream! Stay in bed as long as you need to!

  8. Waving in the dark from my puking and feverish baby’s aide. Tis the Season.

  9. xoxoxoxo

  10. Wahaving to everybody. Me included.
    Hug.

  11. Your bedroom looks remarkably similar to mine and that makes me feel so much better on the inside. (The baby is crawling so I will do something about it, very soon. Honest.)
    I am glad you are feeling your feelings at last, even if you kept them chained up a little bit too long. I am feel my feelings in short, emotional bursts, entirely NOT in front of my husband who might actually be able to, you know, help.
    Waving in the dark…

  12. Much like how fainting goats have that survival instinct to faint when faced with stress, I have decided that I have a super power called “displaced anxiety” – perhaps you have this too! I freak the freak out over dumb sh!t, like omg when is my kid going to write essays to practice for college entrance forms (he’s a sophmore) and then when *TRUE* crisis hits, I’m all chill and handle it like a boss. It’s like I get all the stress out over the little things so that when it SHOULD kick in, I’m good to go. Your post makes me wonder if I’m seeing it backwards, and I’m chill during crisis THEN freak out. Either way, I freak, just on things that make people think I’m more cray than I am (if possible), and handle crisis like a boss. Meh, it helps me get through. 😉 We should TOTALLY get a better phrase coined though. I am not creative, so maybe y’all can hook me up. Delayed anxiety? Temporary clarity? Ida know. ♥

  13. If it helps Trader Joe’s has stuffing flavored potato chips that really sooth the spirit especially with sour cream cranberry dip.

  14. ❤️❤️❤️

  15. Omg! You have a WALKING PATH in your room!!! I want one! Btw, chips are my weakness too. Nothing like the crunchy salty taste of heaven when the world is crashing down.

    Sending love and waving!

  16. ❤️❤️❤️
    My feelings sometimes taste like the Newberg DQ Blizzards (SO much better than Mac) and sometimes like warm fresh out of the oven Carmel Corn.

  17. Girl, YES. Every crisis I deal with (and I’ve dealt with a few with these kids of mine) I don’t have any personal issues until theirs are done. Which is to say all my sh*t gets tabled and waits its turn. One of the last crises, my brother asked me after I had poured out all the awful kid details “But how are YOU?”. I told him “I have no idea. I’ll let you know when things slow down.” And then I end up having crying jags, binge watching Hoarders and drinking a bit. (Hiccup)

    So, I’m waving in the dark too. I feel ya, woman.

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