I’ve been having urinary retention issues. Why? Who knows. Could have something to do with the handful of pills every day.
So after not going to the bathroom for 12 hours and getting a liter of saline, I was an unhappy camper. The resident told the nurse to drain my bladder with a catheter. Not fun, but I had it done before (side effect of anesthesia for me when I had back surgery). It was unpleasant and brought back memories loud and clear. I kept my eyes open and that helped keep me grounded. After three or four times of doing this, and it getting harder for me each time to keep myself in the present, the resident decided on a catheter that would stay in. I thought I could deal with it. I didn’t realize that my body wasn’t going to habituate to this thing inside of me. I could feel it constantly and it hurt. I was on the edge of panic when the nurse came to check and I begged her to take it out. I couldn’t explain in Korean why. I felt crazy. Finally she did take it out. I huddled under my blanket and cried for a good while. It’s been a long time since I was triggered like that.
What makes me the most upset is that I let it get to me. I couldn’t shut the memories in a box or any of those other things they tell people with PTSD to do.
Even worse is I don’t have to words to describe what’s going on in my head. And I wonder if I’ll ever be free of this. I go for months and I’m fine. Then everything goes to hell in a hand-basket.
Just writing it makes me tired.