I think I am done with therapy. The big debate question now is: should I go to my next appointment and tell this psychologist that I’m not coming back OR simply call to cancel the appointment?
The real question is: do I care what this intellectual type, with whom I have had serious communication problems, writes on my permanent electronic file?
If I call to cancel, he will assume that I quit my recovery, that I am too defiant to accept help, there’s no hope for me, and all sorts of nonsense. Good psychologist, bad client. Fact being as they are, therapy right now is a waste of time and money.
I signed up for five sessions of cognitive behavior therapy last fall, first appointment on Halloween. He told me on day one to look it up so I would know what to expect. I think HE needs to look it up, as this is “talk therapy” without any clear purpose or direction.
Okay, so my last visit was on the same day that my daughter opened a keg of worms. I walked in baffled and confused, so I wasted my visit talking about it. Walked out just as baffled and confused. Then I spent a couple weeks mulling it over in my head and on virtual paper, writing endlessly only to delete.
There was a lot of other stuff going on, July was a busy month. I had art on display in three places, events to attend, things that had to get done, a shoulder that bailed out for a couple weeks requiring doc visits and X-rays to see if an injury had caused losing ye 70% use of that arm (it is fine now, so it was either an unknown muscle sprain or wacko nerve games, who knows? Ten days of pain and loss of use, wha la all better? I keep telling these docs that there has got to be something else going on, the jab points and odd things that come and go. Oh, it could be arthritis? It is above the bad discs in my spine, which gets blamed for everything south.) Anyway… July was a busy month for me. By other people’s standards, maybe not… but my life goes in slo-mo because of the spinal crap. July ended with going out of town for a wedding, doing the old auntie thing by baking a zillion cookies, then coming home to leftover cookie ingredients and nearby convienience store, a momentary lapse on the “not an option” as that is the problem, so when I went back to the doc for follow-up on the arm thing, my weight was up. Down 75 on the day I went to the shrink, up 9 at docs on Monday, and today down 11 by my scales. So, yeah, I screwed up but its okay. Life goes on.
The only way to kick this binge eating disorder is to convince myself, and maintain that conviction, that bingeing is simply NOT an option. But it is… it always is, and that is the problem. Like any drug or addiction, it is there. It is my choice to make it an option. It is me who has to say to myself: not an option, don’t do it.
Therapy did NOT help me… yes, I talked to him about what went down with my child. I talked to everyone else, too. Sisters, friends, my dad… so baffled and confussed to discover that my adult child was embarrassed of me. Yes, the wild child who loved drama so much that she had huge comedy and tragedy masks tattooed on her arm has morphed into my mother, an all prim and proper lady caring about how things look as she nears the age of 30. She was embarrassed of me.
I’m not going to get into the details of my “behaving badly in public” as that would only serve to embarrass her more.
What baffles me is how easily she was embarrassed over something that did NOT embarrass me at all and then how mad she was, expressed later via text and phone calls over several days, and her coldness towards me on my birthday. Oh, she sent a “happy bday” text wee early in the morning and she did say “happy birthday” when I called her late that night asking where’s my cake, I don’t get a card or nothing? Oh yes, she was and maybe still is, really mad at me.
Maybe I should move, go live someplace else.
Odds are that I will, repeatedly and unintentionally, accidentally embarrass her again just by being my own damn self.
OH WELL… I am her mother and parents come “as is” so she best accept me “as is” and go on. I am NOT going to play pretend by slipping on a public persona every time I step out the door, taking precious care to guard everything I do or say or simply BE or AM in a misguided attempt to avoid embarrassing my adult child.
I ain’t got it in me to do it again.
Again? Oh yeah… that’s in my keg of worms, the why I can’t do it, not even for my own child.
I’m not ready to write about it yet, partly because I became intensely aware that not all people who read things on the internet are, in a word, SANE. Stir in anything about religion and the nutcases go off in an uproar.
Besides, I have rambled on long enough today.