Let me start with this....
I had a CT scan scheduled for 9am on Friday morning, I had drunk a container of barium the night before and was staying away from social media to try and calm my growing list of fears, as I drank the second container.
I had been in my in doctors office on Thursday morning with The Barren
because I was on the floor, folded over in pain.
I had STAT bloodwork done, a STAT ultrasound done
because they didn't know what was causing the pain.
Things I feared were causing the pain
ectopic pregnancy (even though I haven't bled since December of 2020)
infertility trauma has trained me well
At the hospital, I was trying to calm myself while I waited for CT tech and I heard the receptionist say
" did you hear? they overturned Roe V Wade"
(she mentioned it quite casually, like, hey I brought a sandwich from home for lunch today)
My mind begun to spin, I went totally numb.
As I laid on the CT bed, and the nurse tried MULTIPLE times to feed an IV into my arm I thought, what the hell is happening right now?!
The scan went on and I was syrup sweet to everyone because they have all lived through years of trauma treating stupid non mask wearing people.
I got dressed, took a selfie in the bathroom and made it back to my car to collapse into a puddle of tears.
I was too scared to move really...I felt lost under water and unable to see where the bubbles were going.
I texted The Barren that the test was done, and I was headed home.
There was road work and delays and as I sat in waiting lines, I screamed.
Screamed deep, guttural, primal screams.
I wanted the men in the work tractors outside my car to hear my rage
I wanted birds to fly off course
I wanted to be free
I was terrified for the women suddenly stuck in line, suddenly without options suddenly trapped. I screamed in hopes to blast open walls, I screamed and screamed and screamed to empty my lungs of all air, I screamed until I thought I would pass out.
Then the line of cars began to move and I sat silent in my car the remainder of the trip like I had pulled all the air out of the space... until parking at home.
I had lost my voice; literally and physically.
My arm hurt, my throat hurt, I was scared to eat, I was scared to move.
I drank a glass of water and then I don't remember what I did....
I had visions of people shooting the justices (there is a new open carry law) in restaurants out of grief, because their partners died unable to get an abortion for their ectopic pregnancy.
I went DARK DARK DARK and that scared me.
I got text messages from a couple friends, I sent a couple text messages telling friends I loved them.
I skipped out on a night out watching The Barren play music, and instead stayed home and cried.
The result of this has left the men in my life confused and feeling useless. I love them but I don't think they understand the depth this radiates in my sense of self.
I live in a state that has protected the right to abortions and is aiming to add it to our constitution:
THIS DOES NOT CHANGE MY RAGE
I made donations to abortion aid funds on Saturday and plan to sell some recent photographs as limited editions to raise more funds for Abortion help for people nationwide.
I did a series of self-portraits that I posted on social media and disturbed some friends with their rawness, I was not afraid to be raw, I feel stripped of something...it is a feeling that I can not really put words around, although I am trying here.
I seem to be explaining myself to a lot of men in my life, and hand holding to help them understand why I am acting the way I am. What I am doing is frustrating and I am trying to keep myself from lashing out at the wrong people for the right reasons.
Has my place in society and my worth changed or shifted now...I know it has for many others over these years and it is painfully punctuated for women of color and trans people.
What or how are you coping? The WHOLE world sees us and how super fucked up this country is.
I can't form any more thoughts right now...
I wish you strength for your conversations and peace for your quiet moments