So Nikki's back has been out for a while now, so I dragged him strait to the doctor Friday, based on the pain response from limb manipulation test, they think at this point it's an inflammation problem rather than an injury from all the physical labor we've been doing. (I'm sore as anything too, but I still have full flexibility and only sore-pain not crazy pain like after the surgery I had or what he's feeling so I'm sure I'm just tired) and they gave us anti-inflammatory pills that are helping. And new doctor reassured me a bit that maybe this relationship will work out because she addressed on her own that the pills and his antidepressents are contraindicated for each other, but he's not going to be on the new stuff long enough to run into trouble so not to worry without us having to ask or see the warnings. These days a doctor who is paying attention to what medications you are taking and how they mix is great, so many have stopped.
We start driving Friday, and board the ship Sunday. I'm so tired, stressed out, trying to figure out how to proceed forward in the best way, I need this vacation. I had a weird breakdown over trying to pack. Simply the act of deciding what clothing to take was the last raindrop that burst the dam, but there is so much going on right now internally and externally that I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Like I told my friend recently, you feel what you feel, it doesn't go away even if you don't act on it, and you do have to deal with those feelings. So taking my own advice and trying to sort through it all. A reminder that no matter how good you have it there are things that harm you. I know I have a good life, I do, but still, there are ugly things trying to claw my eyes out. And when people say "I wish my life was as simple as yours!" it's a trap you can start to fall into and forget that your life isn't really so simple. I just keep a lot of internally irl, I don't talk about things nearly as much as I do here, and aside from coming to learn about transgender, I have also come to learn a great deal about the safe space concept and it's real world emotional applications here. Good lesson. So I try to make my home and interactions with others safe space.
So getting to know my paternal aunt a bit better, we've been talking on Facebook a lot, and at first she was trying to fix things between me and my dad, but as time goes on she's coming to understand what happened and that it can't be. She just got back from a visit with him, and his 70-something pound german shepard just bit her, and instead of controlling the dog or correcting it, Dad just stood there laughing about it. And when she was rightfully upset, he did the whole "Roscoe wants you to know he's a scared little being in a world he doesn't understand, and he can't help his feelings". Really? No one is challenging the dog, and as usual, Mr You have to take responsibility refused to take any for his responsibility to properly control and handle his pooch. It's a beautiful dog, and I don't really want to see that poor thing put down because my dad is stupid about his dogs. And then it became 'you're obviously an unhappy person, and we'll pray for you!" when she refused to just brush it off and left. Which is really sad, because my Dad made so much fun of my poor grandma for saying things like that. I didn't really want to be involved in that conversation, but she was worried I needed to know about the dog and the issue. I already knew, same thing happened when I was younger, to both her and me. She'd forgotten about that, and it was her aha moment, that she really didn't understand the dynamic between dad and me was a lifetime of things, and calling my kid and me stupid was just the final thing that made me realize how unhealthy it is. But hey, at least I sorta have a relationship with an aunt I didn't really have one with before, so that is potentially good.
I'll relax when we've achieved the goals I guess. Even on vacation this stuff is inside, it goes with you.