Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I think I might just.....excuse my french.....lose my shit.

Safe to say I am stressed to the max these days. I can't elaborate on all the reasons, but you know, grief is enough to do it. On top of that my son has been sick with a terrible sore throat since last Sunday, as in a week and a half ago. You may remember that I took him to the doctor last monday and he had an ear infection and they tested him for strep, which he did not have. So he got off the bus today almost in tears because he felt so badly. He seemed fine when he got on the bus this morning. This afternoon he said his throat hurt really badly and I could tell it hurt him to swallow. So I packed up both my kids and brought him back to the doctor's office. The doctor looked him over and sent us to the hospital and we had blood work on him to test him for mono.

I will find out tomorrow if he does in fact have it. Part of me just wants a confirmation of what is wrong with him, and the other part hopes he doesn't have it for obvious reasons...he won't be able to play t-ball due to the fact that your spleen can swell as a result of mono and so you have to be careful not to get his there; he won't be able to go to school some days and will be half days until he feels better; it lasts for quite a long time (weeks); and of course I don't want Alyssa or mysef to get it.

Right now I am just beside myself. He is in bed and not comfortable. He keeps having coughing fits (which he does not have during the day) and he winces in pain. I don't know. I just want my husband to tell me he'll be fine. I feel like at these times, it's too much to be alone.


Monday, April 28, 2008


Thank you to all who sent me emails recently and also for leaving comments here.

Today I am feeling a little better. I am hoping I am on the upswing.


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Aw man I am struggling.


I can't really figure it out myself. Come on widows...I know you are out there. Help me out.

I feel somewhat embarrassed that tomorrow is 9 months to the day since the accident and I am at such a low point. I think I had a little grace period there where maybe my head was in the clouds. In the Fall as I have mentioned before I started having work done on my house and this project was a big distraction through the winter, in a good way. I was accomplishing things daily because I had to. Even if it was just staining windows and making choices about hinges and door pulls. I love that stuff. That was a therapy of sorts for me. Now despite the fact that I have A LOT more finish work to do, I have lost interest. I used the excuse before that I was waiting for the weather to get nicer so I could open a window and not force my kids to breath polyurethane fumes, but now the weather is nice and I haven't picked up a paintbrush once. So the bare wood around here stares at me all day. It's a chicken-or-the-egg type of scenario here though...I can't figure out if I am upset so I don't do the work or I don't do the work so I am upset. That is part of my problem and the reason why I bring that topic up is because at the end of all of those days I felt like I accomplished something in some strange way, or at least that things were moving forward. These days I don't feel like I accomplish anything.

So on top of a feeling like my days have no shape or direction, I have many issues floating in my head that are painful....Joe's birthday; the cemetery situation (stone/marker); Mother's Day; Luke's t-ball; summer; the constant roar of motorcycles which is so hard for me and, I believe, for my children; constant talk from Alyssa about daddy being (gulp...pause...) "dead"; Alyssa registering for pre-school; the police investigation into Joe's accident; lawyers; my loneliness; my missing and dealing with the fact that I will never look my husband in the eyes again, never; and many things that I cannot talk about here. I am just at a loss for some reason. Why all of these things, why all of this weight bearing down on me now?

I just want help. I want someone to guide me and give me answers. Tell me what is right and what is wrong and what I should be doing. I just don't know. I have always depended on my intellect and my heart to guide me. My intellect/mind is confused and my heart is broken. I am lost.

God please....let my darkest hour be behind me.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


If there is a scale from 1 to 10 of how I am feeling emotionally in the last week, I am at a "1".

That's just how it is right now. For the record, I put a "0" in at first and took it out and put "1". It's a lesson that I have learned....just when you think you can't feel any worse, you can.

You're welcome for the pick-me-up.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Sometimes I wonder what Joe would think about this blog. A month ago I would have told you there is absolutely no way Joe would read something so sad, had someone that he loved died. The reason I thought that is because **I often thought of** Joe as an optimist sometimes to the point of complete denial of negative things. He always wanted and usually did surround himself with happiness.

Then one day last week out of the blue I had this clear memory of Joe sitting at my computer quietly and me coming up behind him to see what he was looking at. This memory was from two years ago.

All of a sudden I realized I was completely wrong. Joe would read this blog every day. I know this because I remembered when our niece was in the hospital, there was a "blog" of sorts about her progress, and Joe read it every day. He checked it multiple times a day to find out any new information about these people that he loved. I know this because we would talk about it often, and I would see him check it from my computer at home.

This realization made me learn something new about my husband. He was not "an optimist to the point of denial about negative things". He was someone who did not focus on the negative of what could happen, he was not a worrier. But when bad things happened, he was very present in the situation.

I miss him.

Friday, April 18, 2008


Sorry to everyone who I was a bitch to today. I have no patience.

I am not feeling myself.

Tomorrow is a new day.


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Today we were driving and Luke asked me where daddy died. He has asked me this question before and either the subject was changed or I did not answer and his mind wandered quickly. Today I answered him. So he knows. We both agreed we don't like to go that way anymore. He seemed okay with it. Alyssa was there too. We'll see.


Sometimes I get into conversations with people about the accident and the investigation of the accident. Many people ask me if the investigation is complete (which the answer at this time is no) and then the proceed to tell me many of the same things.....that the investigation should be complete by now; that the person should punished by the law...ultimately in jail....that there is something wrong since it has taken so long, etc etc. Usually these comments are spoken in anger.

I understand why people who loved Joe would be angry. Usually people don't understand why I am seemingly not angry at the progress in this area and I get the feeling that they think that I should be actively doing something about this situation.

Let me describe to you how this whole thing will play out in terms of criminal action. First, I personally have NOTHING to do with it. Once the investigation is complete, the police present it to the State and they decide if they want to press criminal charges. They don't care what I do/say/think. It is completely in their hands.

I have known this is the way it works from the very beginning. When I would get the questions of "don't you want this done?" I would say "why? what difference does it make to me?" Really, in case you can't understand where my head has been for the last (almost) 9 months, it has been on my husband, and on taking care of my kids. Nothing short of Joe returning would make this better. I have always known and still believe that no fault will be found on the part of my husband, and so I don't need a police report to tell me that. All it will do is bring up for me details of the worst day of my life. Details that I am trying to forget, and probably more details that I just don't want to know.

The way I feel about the subject is this....first let me say this....I do have anger sometimes, but it is controlled and fleeting. I can not live with so much anger. It maks me lose sleep, it does not feel good to me, or right, or healthy. Every minute that I spend angry, frustrated, dwelling on what these people took from me is ANOTHER MINUTE THEY TAKE FROM MY LIFE, AND THE LIVES OF MY CHILDREN. When I am angry, frustrated, dwelling on things that I can not change/that I can not impact, I do not have the mind of a mother, or at least the mother that I try to be. I make a conscious effort every day to not let these dirtbags take anything more from me. Sitting with anger means they are still controlling me. They don't get to do that. They took the life of my family, and now I am busy trying to rebuild it, less one person. THAT is why I don't have time to dwell on the process. Right or wrong, that's the way it is.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I have a lot on my mind. There are many things coming up that seem hugely sad to me and put all together I am feeling overwhelmed. On Saturday my daughter turns 4. I had such a hard time even thinking about her party and of course a 3-year-old deserves to be nothing but excited and fully engaged in her soon-to-be-fourness. The problem is that I don't want her to turn 4 without her father here.

Every party I have ever had for my kids has been a process that included seemingly endless planning, running around, cleaning, buying, decorating, cake making, on and on. You all know what I mean. Every single day-before party day Joe and I would have a list that we would work from and usually I would get completely annoyed because all of a sudden he'd throw on there "clean the garage" or some crazy thing that in my mind would take a week to do it properly and who the heck is going to GO in the garage anyway?? But everything always got done, or done enough anyway. All day during the party we would both be busy, apart from each other, and then after everyone left he would hug me and look me in the eyes and tell me what a great job I did. He would tell me I was the best mother in the world and how lucky my kids were to have me. This year there will be none of that.

I do not know how I am going to get through this weekend. Honestly, it's going to be tough.

And beyond this weekend, there is another day which I am dreading which is Joe's birthday, May 4. I don't even know what to do on that day. Luke will surely say to me "today is daddy's birthday" and I will probably smile and say "I know!" and we'll be silly and yell out a happy birthday daddy. But all I will want to do really is curl up in a ball on the ground.....and go to sleep....until it is over.

I keep reminding myself lately that days last 24 hours. I find that if I remind myself of that then at least the day has an end in sight.

Tonight my kids were playing in the living room and I stood in another room and stared out the window at the driveway. I was imagining Joe riding in on his motorcycle, helmet on, sunglasses on, looking at the house to see if any of us were looking out at him. He did this evey day from April to October, weather permitting, for four years. Our ears were trained to hear his motorcycle as it came down the street getting closer to our house and one of us would yell out "daddy's home!" and 5 minutes later after he put his bike away he would walk in the door and he would yell "daddy's home!".

I stood there leaning on the window imagining him for a long time. I was crying and I couldn't even believe I was letting myself go there in terms of imaging if he would come home because I never do that. But with the nice weather there are motorcycles everywhere now and we hear them all the time even from our house. The image of him riding his has been on my mind constantly.

I turned around and Luke was standing there. He saw my watery eyes and I just walked over and hugged him. I told him that I was sad about daddy and I miss him. I feel that it is okay for Luke to see me sad sometimes, as most times we talk about Joe we smile and laugh, but he deserves to see that it's okay to be sad too. His usual reaction is to do something silly to make me laugh and it is obvious to me that he is nervous. My poor child, I hate that he has to deal with this. But I just always tell him the truth and I always tell him "I'm okay Luke, you don't have to worry about me" and I say it sincerely. And then we move on. I hope and pray that his little mind processes the whole package..."she was sad but then she was okay again" and doesn't just focus on the sad part.

With the warm weather I am faced again to figure out the stone that will be placed at the cemetery. Last Fall when I first started this chore it was too terrible for me to think of Joe's name being there with with two dates-a birth date and a death date. I put it off because I just was not ready and even now I am still not ready to see that, but I guess I never will be. As I was thinking about this I had the thought that when I die, they should put July 25, 2007 on my stone too. I feel like I died that day. I have guilt for feeling that way. I have two children that are the lights of my life. They make me laugh and smile a hundred times a day. So how is it fair to them to have a mother that feels that she is dead inside? I just don't know. I just have to acknowledge that I don't feel that way all the time, I have to keep trying to not feel that way and above all I have continue to have hope for the future.

I have many more things on my mind. As I said, I am overwhelmed.

Remember last summer when I said I was going to need your prayers and thoughts at times, well now's the time people. Pray for me.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

I can't really explain what an exasperating day Friday was for me. I feel like my stress level has hit an all-time high. However, the end of the day brough r-e-l-i-e-f. A huge part of my stress was from a situation that came about in the past few weeks which I have posted nothing about, but has been huge in my life. What happened is that two Mondays ago my mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Yesterday she had a successful operation which they are very hopeful removed it all. She'll have quite a bit of recovery time now, but she'll be fine!

This situation brought about for me the most desperate time of needing my husband. From the moment my mother told me, which was on the phone because she had been waiting for biopsy results from the doctor, I felt a genuine need for Joe. Not a missing or a longing as I usually feel, but an all-business, this is serious, I need my husband type of feeling. It was awful. Many nights in the last two weeks I would cry and think, "God...not my mother.....I can't lose my husband and my mother....". I know I am crazy in that way...that my mind goes to the worst place and honestly I tried not to dwell and I think I did well, but at night when I had nothing else to think about those nasty fears would hit me. But now, thankfully it is over. And I am so thankful that we got good news, and that we have good doctors and that they caught it early enough to treat. I know that many families do not get good news, and my heart breaks for them.


And for those of you who can....hug your husbands/wives....they offer comfort in times of crisis.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Cross 2

I was told today that Joe's father and brother went to find out where the cross is that so many family and friends signed, that stood as a roadside memorial to Joe. They went into the office of the company where the crash occurred. They were told that the company "wants to move on" so they took the cross down and gave it to the state.


Thursday, April 10, 2008


Someone just told me that the cross is no longer beside the road where Joe was killed. It was there until a couple of days ago.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Hello people.
In my grief meeting thingy they wanted us to think of something that we are grateful for.....I can think of a million things, that's not my issue. I know I am extremely lucky in a lot of ways. I have everything, just not Joe. That's a lot.
However, usually on the way to the meeting on the road that I go on to get there, there is a huge Harley Davidson billboard that says "You're journey begins in 4 miles". It is an advertisement for a Harley store 4 miles down the road. Every time I passed that billboard I cringed....ironic. Last night when I was driving to the meeting though, they had taken it down. I am grateful for THAT!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2008


This was one of my worst weekends since last summer. I woke up on Saturday morning after maybe 3 hours of sleep (I have not been sleeping well which is definitely part of the problem) and I was so DESPERATE at the day that laid out before me. Weekends are usually hard because obviously Joe should be here all day on those days. I took the kids out and we did some things but there is this constant agonizing emptiness inside me. On Sunday, same thing. The time goes by and I am thankful that my kids have so many people who love them, but nothing makes a dent in my loneliness.
The worst part is, there is no end to this. It's not even like X will happen, and then I won't be lonely anymore, or X or X or X. Nothing.
What do I do?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Children shield your eyes

Last night I went to bed laughing because I crack myself up sometimes. I sent my friend Jamie an email earlier in the night and I decided to post it here for a future laugh. I'm laughing about this now, tomorrow I'll probably be crying...who knows. The one thing I know for sure is that my emotions are unstable, but at least my sense of humor, as weird as it is, is not completely gone. Here is part of the email:

"I was thinking yesterday two things….One is that now that I am single I wish there was some sort of service where I could hire some asshole to sit on the couch and watch tv with me at night. That’s all I want. Nothing more than that. I’m just lonely. Second of all, in a magazine I saw a picture of an adult lady with wings who was sort of fairy-ish in an adult-sexy-kind of toothfairy way (this picture was in Country Living magazine so don’t get any ideas) and so then my mind started wandering....…you know how the terrorists think that when you die you go to heaven and get 12 virgins or whatever? Well I am wondering if Joe is with 12 virgins. Probably. Here I am pining away for him and he’s with 12 virgins. I can picture him sitting high with a long robe on and the girls at this feet reaching up to him….loving every minute of it. Robin who?"