Oh, I don’t mean you. You can ask me anything. Don’t Ask is the red banner I imagine has been placed prominently across my medical file and/or employment files at my local hospital. I had my 6 month check with Oncology yesterday and all is well on the cancer front, though apparently I am working on an ulcer. Maybe. Or more likely my body is just reacting to the absolute clusterfuck my life has been for the past 18 months or so. While discussing the possible causes of the stomach pain I’ve been having (yes.. I “went there” and anyone with a past diagnosis of cancer knows exactly where “there” is) and how I’m not sleeping much these days, I mentioned my husband had recently passed away. It was exactly a year ago since she asked how my summer was going and I reported that my sister had just unexpectedly passed away. Her face. I almost felt sorry for her. I was told I am doing “remarkably well” whatever that means. Am I supposed to open a vein every time I tell someone new? Wear widow’s weeds?
As I was leaving she mentioned again how remarkably well I seem. I told her I had no choice and she said “you can always crumble”. I told her “not yet”. Besides I got shit to do. I’ll schedule a break down for another time, thank you.
Last week I had a job interview. The first step was a telephone interview with all of those ridiculous getting to know you questions. Then I got to do it again face to face. Things were going well until the interviewer asked “what is the biggest personal challenge you have had to face in the past year and how did you handle it?” So, I told her. Tissues all around. This could go either way.. a pity hire or a big red banner across my file that says. Don’t Ask! I’m okay with either.
I used the kitty graphic because those crazy eyes are exactly how I feel these days but the graphic below speaks to me. I hope it speaks to you too.