When I first started this blog, I said that part of me died on August 21, 2016.
That was the day that Bryon died.
And that is true.
But it is also a lie.
The “death” of me really began on a different day.
My death really began on March 29, 2016.
Two years ago today.
It was Bryon’s 5th day in the ICU.
He had spiked a fever of 105F the day before.
And on that day, his kidney’s shut down.
Then his other organs started to fail.
It all happened so quickly.
“Your husband might not make it.”
I made phone calls to those close to us. Friends dropped what they were doing and rushed to the hospital.
My parents took my daughter, then 18 months, out of school because they decided that she was probably the only person who could bring me any sort of comfort, which she did.
I remember saying to my mother that Bryon couldn’t die because my daughter wouldn’t remember him.
I was told that my husband had to be rushed into emergency surgery.
A surgery he might not survive.
It did not seem real.
How could the strongest person I know, both mentally and physically, be clinging to his life?
My parents left with my daughter because everything seemed too hectic for someone that small.
It all seemed surreal.
My husband might not survive.
He came to the hospital to get better and all he seemed to get was progressively worse.
And now I was told he might die.
He couldn’t die.
I needed him.
I couldn’t do this alone.
Our daughter was too young.
Some of our closest friends sat in the waiting room.
With fear in our eyes.
Everyone in that room fell somewhere on the Catholic spectrum and we learned what “purgatory” meant.
After what felt like an eternity, we got news that Bryon survived the surgery but it was uncertain if he was going to make it through the night.
It was during the flu season and only two “visitors” were allowed in the room with him so everyone took turns sitting with me by his bedside.
He did make it through that night.
And the next 145 nights.
And while part of me died 145 nights later, the death began on that day.
I lost innocence.
I lost my sense of safety and security.
The old me is dead.
A new me has emerged.
A wiser me.
A more grateful me.
A person who takes life a little less seriously.
A person who isn’t so concerned about being a people pleaser.
A person who has no trouble telling people who go “eff off”.
But today marks the day that where I was forced give up the safe life I knew.
And I am okay.
I am surrounded by those who truly love me. People who embrace the “new me” and strive to understand what I went through the best they can. All while they mourn the man they knew too.
But I would be lying if I didn’t say that today was tough.
Because it reminds me of all the pain I went through and the loss of a great man.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was having moments.
But it is okay.
I keep those moments to myself.
I only cry when no one is around to see it.