Thursday, January 23, 2014

Not today, but tomorrow.

As I was scrolling through my facebook feed today, I found myself extremely jealous of every single stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) with pictures of their kids or complaints of messes or cute things said or done.

I want that.

Two nights ago, I came home from my 5th hospitalization in 3 months.  This doesn't include the additional handful of ER visits.

Yesterday, I was so tired and sick I could barely wake up when Lizzy woke up to eat and to pump.  Then I had to put her in a walker for an hour and half while a nurse came to give me an IV and teach me how to do it myself for the next week.  I then had to call Phillip to come home early from work because I was so weak and shaky, I almost dropped Lizzy and passed out several times going up and down the stairs.

Today, I had to let Phillip take her to someone else's house to take care of her so I could try to sleep some more and "get better."

I hate those words.  I hate it when people tell me to "feel better soon."

Because honestly, I'm not going to.  I have chronic condition.  So even if I make it into the most awesome remission ever, it won't last because the price I pay for remission is an immune system so compromised that just a cold and a yeast infection led to these last three months of hell.

I am so tired.

I am tired of not being able to be a good mom.  Of not being able to raise my daughter.  Of not being able to play with her even when she is home because I don't really have the energy to get out of bed, so we just play on the bed.  Of not being able to take care of her half the time because I'm in the hospital and can't be with her.  Of her crying at night because Mommy isn't there to hold her and she doesn't understand.  Or worse, that she'll get used to me not being around and won't be able to tell her Mommy apart from any other woman in the ward.

I'm tired of missing so many "firsts" because they're done with someone else.  And there's no one there to take pictures or realize it's her first.  Of worrying if she's developing on time because so often I don't get to take her out on walks or read books because I'm tired.  Of worried that she's being ignored or put in the corner while whoever has her is doing their own thing with their family and kids and cleaning and whatever.

I find it heartbreaking and very telling that I have a bouncy seat in the bathroom for Lizzy.

I'm tired of not being able to be a support to my husband.  Of him having to be both Dad and Mom.  Of him having to not only work full-time, but then come home and make dinner and do laundry.  I try, I really do try, but most days I can't.  And he can't.  So the house is a mess, and I hate having to look at it because it's just another reminder of how much I'm failing.

I'm tired of hospital bills.  And doctor bills.  And watching our budget not balance well because we spend at least a thousand dollars a month on medical expenses (literally).  I was tutoring to try to help, but I couldn't these last few months.  I'm tired of being a drain on the budget and not a contributor.

I'm tired of not being able to go to church.  Of not being able to do callings and having to bail last-minute.  Of not being able to make friends in the neighborhood and share the gospel and go to events.  Of forgetting to read scriptures and say prayers because I'm walking around in a fog and habits and routines get so messed up while in the hospital.  Of being a burden on my family and my ward, and of being just another charity case.  Of looks and eye-rolling and sighs when once again we have to ask for someone to watch Lizzy.

I'm tired of being in the hospital with doctors and nurses who don't care.  Of being all alone there and having to fight my own battles when I'm sick and tired and in pain.

Oh yes, I am so tired of the pain.  Of hurting all the time.

I know one day it's going to get better.  I know that Heavenly Father is there and supporting me.  I have seen so many miracles and tender mercies.

But today, it's just hard.  I'm jealous.  I'm tired.  Today, I just want to cry.  So I am.  I'm spending the morning having a pity party and crying for myself and my husband and my daughter.  It's not fair.

Tomorrow will be brighter and better, and I'll move forward with renewed determination to get through.

But not today.  Today, I just want to be able to feel sorry for myself and not have to apologize to anyone for it.  To be selfish and self-centered.  To let it all out - to let out the hurt and frustration and anger and sorrow and pain.  Because it all builds up, and today I just don't have the energy to hold it back or reason through it.

But I will tomorrow.  Just not today.  Today, I'm just going to hold on to Petey (my stuffed lion Phillip gave me my first hospital stay of our marriage) and cry.  Wait for a lady in the ward to bring Lizzy home to me in an hour, then for Phillip to come home a few hours after that, then get an IV going.  And pray tonight's storm cancels work for him tomorrow so we can be home, the three of us, and heal.  Because we need that.

But until then, this is my time to grieve.  To mourn.  To cry.


  1. *huge hugs* You are not failing. You are amazing. I wish I lived closer so I could come give you that hug in person...and help you tidy your house just to see you smile. Hug Petey extra tight and pretend he's me, okay?

  2. Serena Kay DavidsonJanuary 24, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    Prayer sent heavenward. That's a mean illness.

  3. It's good to let it out sometimes. I really wish I was there to help you, even if I did have both kids with me. Phillip should work on getting a job here. :)

  4. Elizabeth Prisbrey LindseyJanuary 24, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    This breaks my heart. I am so sorry and I hate this disease. I WISH I could move closer and come be your Brady Bunch Alice.

  5. Kristen McCarty GardinerJanuary 24, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    I'm glad you wrote this post, to help us understand what you're going through. I still don't think you are being selfish! It is not selfish to have feelings or to grieve. It's normal. And you are still a good person. You seem to always have such a good outlook most of the time, I find myself feeling like a failure in comparison to you, lol.

  6. Candice Petersen-WestJanuary 24, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    This breaks my heart too tiffany. I wish we were closer and I could help. I know that you are an amazing mother even if you cant be with your baby all the time. She can feel your live that you have for her, even if you are not holding her. And philip has such a deep love for you! I can see it in the way that he looks at you. It is perfectly okay for you to have your pitty party. But i want you to know that I think you are one of the strongest people I have ever known. ..... and EVERYONE has a messy house! I love you.

  7. I emphasize with you Sis. You know my beliefs - I don't need to preach. I'm recommending marijuana. It can help with pain, nausea and appetite. You can order online from Canada or have someone send you cookies, brownies and candies from another state where pot is legal. Texas, like many other states is still in the dark ages regarding weed.

  8. Tiffany thank you for letting it out !!! You are my hero! Hugs and prayers that all will be well!!!

  9. Sarah Brenner JonesJanuary 24, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Sorry you are feeling sad today. I'd be happy to help do laundry! I actually kind of like doing it. I know...that's weird.

  10. Just saw this, tried to call. I LOVE YOU!!! I am SO glad my son made you his bride. So sorry today sucks.

  11. Praying for you and your sweet little family.

  12. Carrie Dean SorensenJanuary 24, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    Keeping you and your family in my prayers

  13. Hi Tiff - I read your last blog post, and my heart goes out to you! I wish we lived closer to you so we could come give you a hand or a hug (or both). While I read your post I kept thinking of a book that a good friend of mine wrote about her own life living with chronic illness, and I have a strong impression to share it with you. It's called Light in the Greylands by Lindsay Dayton-Spencer. I hope that tomorrow really does get better for you, and that you know you are so loved and appreciated. Our prayers are with you and your sweet little family.

  14. Wish I could give you a big hug. My cousin and aunt have Crohns disease and I know it's a hard thing to go through.
    My sister-in-law and I were talking about Crohn's disease and she was telling me about this story that my brother, her husband, was telling her about a patient of his (he's a doctor). She had Crohn's disease and was so tired of all of it that she changed her diet. She gave up milk products and then I believe grains. Her doctor, a different doctor, didn't believe that it would help. Now, a year or so later, she doesn't even qualify for that diagnosis.
    I'm not sure what your diet is like, and by diet I mean what you eat on a daily basis. I just thought that if this information could help you in any way, that I should give it to you just in case.
    I totally get needing a day to be upset and let it all out. I've had several days like that the past few months. I love Elder Holland's talk from the past conference, especially when he says, "Trust in better days ahead." I hope tomorrow brings a brighter day!
    Love you!

  15. Jessica Richardson SmithJanuary 25, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    Oh this broke my heart Tiffany. :( you're always in our prayers


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