Sorry I’ve been absent. I have been/still am really triggered, and I haven’t been able to read–blogs or anything else longer than a few sentences. Still really struggling and not sure I’ll be able to write coherently.
See, Thursday we went to Boston for a post-election party. I thought it was just going to be the party, an overnight at someone’s place in Boston, and then home. Instead it turned into bar-hopping with the campaign staff. If you’re thinking that sounds like fun, you’re wrong. See, alcohol is a trigger for me because my father was often drunk when he abused me. Between the UC and the meds, I can’t drink. Well, everybody else is getting fucking wasted, and they just leave me sitting in a corner by myself for hours, not even talking to me. I told my RFD that I’m not physically capable of running all around Boston, and it was raining to boot. Usually he’s really considerate about my limitations, but that night, he really didn’t seem to give a shit. Maybe it was the alcohol, or maybe it was just that it was his last night with the rest of the campaign staff. Whatever it was, he basically treated me like I didn’t matter–I got dragged to four different bars, and predictably, I eventually fell on a slick sidewalk at 1:30 in the morning and couldn’t get up for several minutes. Oh, and for most of the time we were bar-hopping, our 20-year-old intern was just left sitting in his car because she couldn’t get into the bars. I wanted to go sit with her instead, but my RFD made me stay because his phone was dead, and he needed my GPS to find our way back to where the car was parked.
In the second bar, while I was sitting alone in the corner, the only sober person, this drunk businessman in a nice suit comes over and starts hitting on me. Then he grabbed my breast, and I just froze. I just sat there and let him. I have extensive martial arts experience, and even though I’m not physically capable of as much as I used to be, I could’ve gotten away from him. If nothing else, I could’ve hit him with my cane. But I didn’t do any of that. I didn’t say no, I didn’t say stop. I just sat there and let him do it.
Now I really hate myself. It’s just like with my father. I mean, okay, when I was a kid, there wasn’t really anything I could do about it. Even as I got a little older, he had me believing that he’d kill me if I fought or if I told anyone, and I didn’t have the reasoning skills to realize he wouldn’t have gotten away with that–he’s really just not smart enough. So back then, I had an excuse. But I let it go on when I was old enough that I knew he wouldn’t kill me and I really could’ve stopped him. I mean, I was 19 the last time he raped me. There’s no excuse for that. I just let him. If I’d fought or said no, he probably would’ve stopped, but I never did. So that’s on me.
Now I just want to tear myself to shreds. I want to cut my breasts off–I never wanted them anyway, and if I did that, no one would want to touch me. I’m also really struggling with sexual self-harm urges. It’s something I used to do but haven’t in a long time. But I can’t stop the flashbacks and the body memories, and it would put me back in control. I know how fucked-up that is, but sometimes it’s the only thing that works. If I do something worse that any of them ever did to me, then what they did can’t hurt me anymore.
And on top of everything else, my roommate is being horrible. I came home to a gross apartment–mold in my microwave, a half-empty beer on the kitchen counter, an unflushed toilet, and sopping wet washcloths and a giant hairball in the bathtub. I just pulled the washcloths and hairball out of the tub and dumped them on the bathroom floor, and this morning, she pitched a hissy fit over it, stomping around and slamming doors and shit. (Another big trigger, on top of all the other triggers.) I’m sorry, but you’re fucking 29 years old, and I’m not your goddamned maid. I pay rent too. I don’t mind messiness–books and papers and stuff sitting around is not a big deal, but I don’t want fucking mildew growing in my bathroom or mold growing in my kitchen. In general, I don’t want things growing in my living space. (Although right now growing some pot for myself sounds pretty ideal.) How fucking hard is it to dump out the rest of your beer or to hang up your fucking washcloths? But EVERY FUCKING DAY when I go to take a shower, there they are. I don’t leave my shit for you to clean up, and you have the goddamn nerve to pitch a fit when I move your messes somewhere obvious as a reminder that maybe you should, you know, be a fucking adult and clean them the fuck up? Bitch, get on the NOPE train to Fuckthatville.
My landlady is away for the weekend, but I’m thinking about talking to her about this when she gets back. I’m hesitant to do that on the one hand, because I feel like we’re both adults and should handle our own problems. But on the other hand, I’m so triggered by her screaming and slamming doors and stomping around that I literally CAN’T deal with it like an adult because I dissociate and switch, either to a terrified child or a really aggressive teenager (hence all the swearing in the last few paragraphs), neither of which is good for dealing with a tense situation. Plus, if I do want to kick her out, I’m going to have to go through my landlady because Roommate is on the lease now. I’m not even sure I legally CAN kick her out. I just know I can’t deal with much more of this. I’ve been taking photos of the grossness when it happens as documentation, but I’m not sure what the laws are. I just know I can’t live like this. I spend a lot of my time afraid to come out of my room when she’s home because I will snap if she starts yelling or bitching at me. I just have so much other shit to deal with that I really cannot deal with hers on top of everything else.