Archive for June, 2006

In Which The Protagonist Starts Deleting Posts!

June 30, 2006

Ah, yes, Delete is a useful function, as any good LJer will tell you, so I’ve deleted this one!

I’ll be taking a blogging break until late next week.

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Just Keep Upping That Insulin

June 29, 2006

Upping me another 4 units: 24 in the morning, 18 in the evening.

I’m no longer spiking above 300 in the afternoons, and I can get myself under 200 at night by working out.

Calling him again on Monday for another dosage check.

This is such a bitch.

In Which The Protagonist Fucks Up, Again

June 28, 2006

Well, I dig my own holes.

Sex Talk

June 28, 2006

Well, the one good thing that came out of the whole “blowjob” fiasco running rampant in the feminist blogosphere are a couple of threads over at Bitch PhD. She’s opened up a women’s and men’s thread for “honest” talk about sex: what you like, what you don’t.

In this case, I actually like that she broke the threads up by sex; likely, it avoids some fighting/disagreements that would undermine the whole idea of the exercise, which is to feel that you can speak honestly without being attacked for it.

One of the things I don’t talk about here is intimate sexual details, because, well, that’s between me and my partners. But hey, you can post anonymously over at Bitch’s place…

Footprints

June 28, 2006

My parents both worked when I was growing up; still do. I have fond memories of helping my mom mop up the burger joint on Christmas Eve. Sometimes they worked nights, weekends, holidays, so me and my brother and sister spent much of our time, until I was about 12, at my French grandmother’s house. She had fantastic stories about growing up in Nazi-occupied France, and she was also a devout Catholic.

When I was old enough to read – and tall enough to see it – I read a poem that hung in the dining room. It was called “Footprints,” and if you haven’t read it, one version goes something like this:

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, He looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the Lord about it. Lord you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The Lord replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.

Something about this poem really touched me, and I’d come back to it again and again and read it over and over, especially the last part. I wanted that, I think. I wanted to know someone would carry me through the darkest times. I wanted to believe it.

Though my grandmother took me to church whenever she could get away with it, and I grew up reading gory children’s Bible stories (growing up on Bible stories and stories about Nazi-occupied France, it’s really no surprise I write what I write), I never took to the idea that there was somebody out there who would carry me during the worst times. I didn’t take to the idea because during the worst times, nobody carried me. The older I got, the more obvious that was. I was the one responsible for my choices. If I was lucky, loved ones might try and bail me out, but well, my dad’s the one who agreed to come bail me out of my bad choices in Bellingham, when I was evicted from my apartment. My mom wanted to leave me there to stew. “She’s 18. Let her make her own mistakes.” So I’ve never felt any sort of *guarantee* that even family members would carry me out of anything.

No, the only one who could pick me up was myself.

I lost it this morning on the bus. I had Coldplay’s Fix You on repeat, and I just started crying. In public. On the bus. I was so heartsick. The other side of anger is deep sadness, grief.

I feel like I’m working so hard, and nothing is working. I don’t feel great. And the worst part of that is that for three great days I felt so totally wonderful and normal and then my sugar took a nose dive again. And it’s so frustrating. I’m living mainly on protein and vegetables and working out every day, and this is what I get: I feel terrible, my numbers don’t come out right, and I’m stuck drinking decaf fucking coffee.

I cried on the bus, and transferred to the train, and thought of that poem. And I steeled myself again. I buttoned everything back down, I stopped the tide of grief.

Suck it up, Hurley.

No one’s going to carry me. No one’s going to fix me. At the end of every day, all you have is yourself, and it’s you who gets to decide how you’ll handle what you’ll feel: it’s you who decides if you’ll hide under your bed and weep or open up that goddamn book file and *concentrate harder* and get some goddamn work done.

And I sucked it up, and I walked off the train and I wiped off my face and thought, OK, it’s going to be hard. You knew it was going to be hard. It’s OK if it’s hard. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed at anything. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. It means it’s fucking hard. Suck it up.

When the cardiologist (from Durban, of all places) came into the ICU room (once I was conscious) and told me I was going to be an insulin dependent diabetic the rest of my life, he talked a lot about my heart. Being the doctor on duty the night I came in, he’d had to oversee my care, despite being, you know, a cardiologist and not an endocrinologist. So it’s no wonder he talked so much about my heart, and so little about my pancreas.

“You have a really strong, healthy heart,” he said, and he said it as if he was slightly surprised that a 180 lb insulin dependent diabetic could have such a healthy heart. “Your heart is very strong. You’ll do well.”

I trekked 120 km into rural Africa. I left a bipolar, schizophrenic Marine who wanted to kill me. I jumped off a bridge. I saw peguins on the other side of the world. I’ve lived without love, without money, without self-respect, without a clue.

I can live without a fucking pancreas.

Because if my fucking pancreas can’t get me through this, my heart will have to do.

Oh, For Fuck’s Sake

June 28, 2006

I’ve cut carbs until I’m down to one serving per meal (I’m supposed to be eating 3-4), and the best # I could get was 180, last night, after working out. I increased my goddamn insulin dose agoddamgain

This FUCKING INSULIN isn’t FUCKING WORKING.

I CAN’T WRITE IF I CAN’T CONCENTRATE ON THE FUCKING SCREEN.

Fuck.

I am so done.

I Remember

June 28, 2006

I’ve been tossing and turning in bed, thinking of Durban.

I don’t know why I’m thinking of it again, now, suddenly, when I’ve gone so long without talking about it, ruminating, thinking anything beyond, “I drank a lot in Africa.”

But I remember. I’m lying awake remembering things; leaning out the big back window of my little one-and-a-half room flat and watching the storms come in over the Indian Ocean. Watching the big red sheet I kept over the living room window billow in the wind and scatter the light. I remember long, drunken nights of dancing. Shots of tequila. Rum and coke. I remember the way the air tasted, how it clung to my skin; I remember the crazy rides in the overpacked taxis and the dust that clung to everything. I remember chain smoking while writing a thesis and a novel, and yes, I remember the bugs. The flying cockroaches, the geckos that lived in the cupboards, the nest of unnammable creatures living under the bathtub. I remember stumbling home drunk and waking up in my own bed wearing only a towel. I remember hot nights.

I remember the people. The sound of Zulu. And I remember Julian’s house, this stolid, quiet little house with the front porch and the big dining table under the awning out back, and I remember the good wine and the good coffee, and the dinner parties. I remember laughing. I remember being asked what I thought my worth was, in cows. I remember a woman at a noisy dance club asking me for aspirin, because, you see, her stomach hurt; she’d just had an abortion. I remember being driven home by some pretty drunk drivers. I remember never quite feeling like I fit in. I remember not being pretty enough. I remember not being smart enough. I remember the art parties, the bottles of wine.

I remember running away from everything and ending up there, on the other side of the world. I remember monkeys perched on top of garbage cans. I remember figuring out, for the first time, what love was. I remember lying awake and tossing and turning and trying to figure it out, and suddenly understanding, and thinking, “Ahhh… this was my lesson. This is why I had to come to Africa. Not for the cockroaches or the banana trees or the ocean storms, but this, here, yes.”

And I remember looking back at Table Mountin from a boat in the harbor and thinking, “I have come to the ends of the earth. I can stop running now.”

I’d spent five years running and running and running. Running from an old life, an old self, and I was ready to stop. I was ready to live again. I was tired of running because I was afriad. I wanted another reason to get up in the morning.

I wanted the storms to be enough.

Joss Whedon is My Secret Boyfriend

June 27, 2006

If you haven’t seen it yet, Joss Whedon’s award acceptance speech for Equality Now:

“Why aren’t you asking a hundred other guys why they *don’t* write strong women characters?”

I got to the end of the speech and burst into tears, because he said so succinctly what I’ve been trying to say with so much of my fiction.

Whedon is my new Secret Boyfriend.

Sugar Sick

June 27, 2006

Well, I’ve been feeling like absolute shit the last three days, so I called Dr. S. today and updated him on my numbers, which, like my physical state, are shit.

I’ve been having trouble concentrating here at work (sugar headache, blurry vision), my sex drive tanked (yes. I notice these things), I wanted to lie around in bed immediately after coming home last night (I couldn’t do this, of course, because my sugar was so high that I had to work out immediately after coming home just to get it reasonable), and all of a sudden water was looking *really* good again, and I was spending more time in the bathroom.

Well, at least I know what all of these things *mean* now, even if I wasn’t sugar testing 5 times a day.

Dr. S. told me to up my insulin from 18 morning, 10 night; to 18 morning, 18 at night, and call him again on Thursday.

This is exhausting. I just want to get these goddamn numbers back on track before I get another fucking yeast infection.

This is like some kind of fifth ring of hell.

Jagged Little Pill

June 27, 2006

When my computer(s) died, I lost a lot of music along with them, and have been re-installing music piecemeal. Yesterday I finally re-burned a copy of Alanis Morissette’s first album, Jagged Little Pill.

And I was reminded of what I love it so much.

Oh, sure, she got the “you must be a femi-nazi bitch who hates men” label after this album, which secrely pleased me. I love You Outta Know. I think it’s the star of the album, though every single other song ain’t bad either.

I was surprised to read this piece (scroll down) over at The Hathor Legacy that, while affirming the fanasticness of the album, expresses frustration about the rap Alanis got for this album, and particularly, for You Outta Know. She argues that there are a lot of really powerful songs besides You Outta Know on the album (which is true), and that Alanis got tagged as an evil, angry woman unfairly, and you should look at the album as a whole, and blah blah basically “Hey, she’s not *just* an angry woman! She’s a talented artist!”

It’s really shitty that we feel we have to defend angry women by pointing out that they’re really great artists (I’m trying to think of angry men whose artistic talent gets overlooked because they’re too “angry” and I’m not coming up with anyone. Feel free to correct me). But I don’t want to defend angry women artists by saying they “aren’t as angry as you think they are.”

I WANT her to be that angry. That’s what I fucking love about You Outta Know and the album as a whole. All of sudden there’s all this honest emotion: not cutesy little, “Oh, I love you and all the shiny flowers even though you cheated on me” crap, but real, “I cared about you and you fucked me over you asshole” anger. And “I thought this relationship was something it really wasn’t” anger. And “this isn’t quite the life I was looking for” anger.

Anger is good.

Lack of anger and frustration actually really turned me off the second album. Not that I *hated* her second album, but it doesn’t connect with me the way Jagged Little Pill does. I mean, maybe once you make a lot of money and run off to India for a few years, you aren’t angry anymore. But, you know, Pink has a lot of money, and I think she had some great ass-kicking songs in I’m Not Dead.

I don’t want to feel I have to defend an artist cause she’s angry. I want to go, “She’s really angry! Isn’t that cool!?”

Because it is cool. What nobody seems to get is that the flipside of anger is often sadness; anger is just a more powerful way to express oneself than sadness (and more socially acceptable among men. Men are encouraged to get angry instead of being sad. Women are just supposed to be sad). If you want to know what the song’s really about, try listening to You Outta Know again – particulary the slow, sad, alternate take she did at the Grammies.

That’ll stop your heart.

But most days, I prefer the pissed-off version. Most days, it feels truer. And it’s telling the truth that’s going to connect with people; or piss them off.