I feel like I need to talk more about my attempt, but I’m afraid to. Even here, I feel like it’s wrong to talk about it. I’m worried about triggering someone else. I’m generally not a fan of trigger warnings because I feel like they reinforce the ideas that we’re fragile and that we should avoid anything that might upset our delicate sensibilities, but…yeah, I guess I can break my own rules every once in a while. So consider yourselves warned. I’m not giving any how-to lessons or anything, but it could be upsetting.
I haven’t made an attempt eight and a half years. I was 19 the last time I attempted–the previous attempts were at 10, 15, and also 19. I’ve been close many times since then, and I nearly died a few times due to my eating disorder, but I hadn’t attempted since November 2005.
I don’t even know what possessed me to do it this time. Things weren’t any worse than they have been for the last several months. I woke up to the situation with the power bill, and I just…I don’t know. I’d say I snapped, but it didn’t even feel like snapping. There’s a violence to that, and I didn’t feel violent, even toward myself. I remember thinking, “Okay. I’m going to do this now.” I wrote the note. I did cry writing it because I knew I’d be causing pain to people I loved, but that didn’t sway me.
I looked up the lethal dose of the meds I was taking. I wasn’t sure I had enough, but that didn’t really bother me. Either I’d die or I wouldn’t. No big deal. I set an empty tupperware container beside the bed in case I threw up, so people wouldn’t have to deal with my vomit everywhere. I texted someone from the campaign to let him know I couldn’t be at the signature drive that night. That way I wouldn’t have any plans, decreasing the chance that I’d be found and resuscitated. I took the pills. I curled up in bed with my stuffed hippo and pulled the blankets up around me.
I wasn’t all that upset when I finally did wake up on Saturday. Vaguely disappointed: “Oh. I still have to deal with life.” Before, I’d always been angry at my body’s survival. After my first attempt, at 10, I started self-harming to get out the rage at still being alive. At 15, I was starving myself to get rid of all the feelings. The last two times, the really serious attempts, I was enraged when I didn’t die. I remember fighting the doctors and nurses in the ER while they were trying to pump my stomach. Luckily, those memories are fragmented, and I remember them as an observer, not as the subject.
This time there was no anger. Just exhaustion. Sadness. I just wanted it to be easy, for once. I just wanted to sleep for as long as I needed. Which is the same as forever when the world hurts too much.
I still don’t understand why I did it, which bothers me. It should bother me because I don’t want to end up dead, but that’s not the reason. It bothers me on principle: I don’t like doing things without understanding why. The feelings that preceded this attempt were no more intense than they have been recently. There was no trigger. I just woke up and then tried to kill myself. And I don’t know why.
I guess the real reason it bothers me is it makes me feel out of control. I don’t think it was an alter who did it–I have a clear memory of the whole event, and it felt like it was me doing it. But I’ve often thought I was doing things and found out later I was being passively influenced to do them by others inside. The lack of any depth of feelings when I was carrying out the attempt make me think there was some level of dissociation going on–I mean, people don’t tend to attempt suicide when they’re just feeling vaguely crappy.
I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going on, and I don’t know how to figure it out. There’s no one in real life I can turn to, and there’s not much internal communication happening. It works fine with the ones I’m closest to, but as for the rest of the system, I have no idea. (And honestly, I don’t really want to. Why the ambivalence?) If I tried to talk to S about it, she’d toss me right in the hospital, no questions asked. C would probably let her. I could tell them I feel safe and don’t feel any impulses to make another attempt, but that’s what I would’ve told them up until half an hour before I actually attempted.
I should probably go back to Sheppard Pratt. They did help before, and they’d know how to deal with something like this. But the timing just sucks. They always have at least a 4-week waiting list; I think I was on the waiting list 8 or 9 weeks last year. So that would put me there at the end of May, at the earliest.
But then I’d miss the convention. I know how stupid and shallow and petty that sounds. You’re willing to risk your life for a party where you get to yell out a few people’s names to make yourself feel important? Yes, yes I am. Because it is the only goddamn thing in my life that makes me feel important. What’s the point of saving my life if there’s nothing left in it that feels important? Oh, but there will be other opportunities. Not like this. Once you flake out for a political campaign, people remember that. They won’t want you as a delegate again. You won’t get ranking positions on campaigns. No one will rely on you. You won’t really matter anymore.
If they would let me do a planned admission, that would be good. I’d go right after the convention. Hell, I’d get on a train straight to Baltimore as soon as the convention ended, without even going home. Then I’d have a solid 6 weeks before I’d need to leave to go to my sister’s wedding. But Sheppard Pratt doesn’t do it that way. They have a waiting list, and they call you when your name comes up. You get there in two days or you say no thanks. If you say no and then decide you actually should’ve gone, you have to start all over from the bottom of the list.
So I’m left with no one to talk to, no one to help me figure this out and process it. Even if I found a new therapist, it’s not like I could flop down on the couch and say, “I’m totally fine now, but last week I tried to off myself. I have no idea why, and I don’t even think I’m the one who did it.” Even if they had a ton of experience with DID patients, I think that one might throw them for a loop. It throws me for a loop, and I’m the one living it.