For those uninitiated, the BlogHer conference 2011 is coming to a close. To read my devastation over not being able to go BlogHer’s past click here and here. This year I was only able to once again, watch from the sidelines. Next year, God willing, I will have the money to go. We will have Grant’s disability money and we will hopefully have mine. It won’t be a lot but we will be like millionaires compared to the way we’ve been living. We talk a lot about traveling and Grant knows that this is the third BlogHer that I have missed and he wants me to be there next year very much.
(You may want to stop reading here if you do not want to be shaken to your core and be made very upset. Okay, you have been warned.)
People always say that I have got to be more positive, more optimistic. Well friends, I tell them that I am not pessimistic, I am REALISTIC. These past few weeks I have come the closest I have ever felt to dying. Two weeks ago I was having a fever every day, freezing, sweating, nauseous. I had wounds that were not healing, that would bleed profusely by me absent-mindedly scratching a mosquito bite. The pain was off the charts, the medicine for it, a joke. Two weeks ago, when my fever was running and I could not get out of bed or barely speak, I swear I felt God next to me. “Do you really want to die? Well here is what it feels like. Be careful what you wish for. Death is not the peaceful, calm you think, at least getting there sure isn’t”.
I was crying. I thought of Grant and Tyler and my cat. I thought about the things I enjoy, just for ME, writing this blog, my voiceover work, my book club, Twitter, Google+, and then I realized…life is fun. Not just with Tyler. There are fun things in MY life. There are still books to read and places to go and candles to be lit and beautiful but cheap things to have. Money is coming. I WILL travel. I will take Tyler to Disney World one day. And then I said to God, “Stop! Stop! I don’t need to see this any more. I don’t want to die. I thought I did but I DON’T. I want to live, not just for Tyler but for ME, God please let me live, I still have living to do!”
And then, it was either God the steroids or both, I got better. Not better like I am trying out for the Olympic team but…my fever went away. My mouth sores were gone. My wounds healed. I bought that “Imagination” candle I had been thinking about from the Disney Store and the Alice in Wonderland Vinylmation and my surprise “Buy one get one free” Vinylmation “Pete” from the Mickey Mouse Club House show. And all three things are with me right now, bringing me joy.
Last Tuesday, I went to the hospital again. I had horrific abdominal pain, with all of the symptoms of an appendicitis. Unfortunately whenever I go to the hospital I am such a complex patient that they often do not want to treat me. They gave me an ultrasound on my stomach and then up my…well let’s just say I could have had a career in pornography, I took it like a champ. There was a lot of waiting, a lot of blood-letting and peeing in cups.
Throughout this my feet were swelling, like they have never swelled before. They were purple and red, as if I had not been walking on them, as if they were starting to clot. They looked like….like the way my father’s looked as he lay dying. Like the feet of death. The only feet I had seen looked like that were my father’s. All discolored, painful. I kept asking if they would examine my feet, if they would treat my pain, but they didn’t want to do much until they figured out what was wrong with me. Alone, in a private emergency room, I started to pray, I started to beg and cry. “Dear God, Jesus and Daddy. I have a little boy that I have to make it for. You can take me, but please, not now, not until he is a teenager and he no longer needs his Mommy. That’s all I want!” People on Face Book were praying for me, people on Twitter and Google+ were praying and I thank them very much.
And suddenly, I was getting better. My feet cleared up. My diagnosis was spastic colon or a possible flare-up of my Ulcerative Colitis. That was a lot better than, “You need surgery on your BLANK or your BLANK.” They had been almost positive I was going to be needing surgery of some kind!
And then I was discharged. And Grant and Tyler came to the hospital to take me home.
So, where was I going with this, what the Hell does this have to do with BlogHer’12? Well, the truth is I am being REALISTIC when I say I may not be there…or here. How lucky can I get? When God wants me, he wants me, I can only continue to pray that I live to finish out being Tyler’s “Mommy”.
Really, where will ANY of us be in 2012 anyway? Any one of us could get into a car accident tomorrow. Our plane might crash, we could get breast cancer.
Yes, any one of us. But for people like me, with Lupus and other serious, worsening chronic conditions, we REALLY have to ask ourselves, where will I BE? Will I even be here to make it to an event that for three years now has been so unobtainable? When I have the money for next year’s BlogHer…will I really…be here?