Hulk no understand why internet not amuse Hulk

The last few weeks I’ve been a little lax in writing here mostly due to spending a great deal of time sitting in dumbfounded wonder going “I don’t feel like crap.  …I don’t feel like crap!”  And then looking around in confusion about what to do with myself.  It’s been a while.  I amassed a whole list of brief tidbits and observations about completely inane and lighthearted things that I thought I might write about sometime.  When I felt like it.  Because who wants to waste time writing when one could be, like, breathing, or walking around or something.

…Which means that when, in the last week or so, I found myself suddenly surrounded by those dark grey clouds that follow around gloomy cartoon donkeys, it was a bit of an unexpected kick in the teeth.  I don’t know exactly what’s gone awry.  I don’t know if it was just such a relief to not be completely knocked flat that things felt temporarily better than they were.  I don’t know if the pressure and stress of What To Do Next started getting to me.  I don’t know if my chemistry was a little fried from the past year of medicinal craziness.   Am I getting enough sleep?  Enough sun?  Enough caffeine?  Am I getting too much natural sugar?  Not enough sugar?  Did I step on a crack?  That mother’s back thing always seemed a little suspicious if you ask me.

At any rate, the last few days in particular have kind of sucked.  Kind of sucked like a cute little all encompassing vortex of despair.  I’ve been a bit loathe to admit that here, to be honest.  I was so happy to be doing better, damn it.  Plus, putting it in writing makes it all somehow more real.  And it already feels deceptively permanent.  I would probably be a lot less disappointed a lot less often if I could sincerely take each day as it comes, but as it turns out I am less good at that, and more super super great at taking the feelings of the moment and projecting them over the next several months.  So those two days I was feeling super productive mean it’s time to plan for a return to work, and the last couple days of crapitude mean I’m doomed to another lasting stretch of boredom and hopelessness and bad T.V.

All in all, I just feel sort of lost at the moment.  I’m so eager to just GET ON WITH THINGS already.  Filling in a quick depression inventory scale gives numerical backing to the fact that yes, I am indeed feeling much like crap.  Except for the thoughts of self-harm (which inexplicably but thankfully seem to be missing), I’ve got every symptom off the charts again.  Fuck.  There are still things to be tried.  I am way too stubborn not to kick this thing eventually. …But sheesh.  How freaking long am I supposed to wrestle with this??  …And why did my brain just provide “moose canoe” as the appropriate profanity to follow that statement?   At least I know that while I may not be in any danger of recovering in the near future, I am also apparently in no danger of becoming normal.  Phew.

This time around has some new bits to it too.  I used to rate fairly minimally on the whole “irritability” side of things.  I’m more likely to burst into tears than to burst into a room through the wall.  Not so this time, apparently.  This time my husband gives me a dirty look for accidentally brushing his face with my foot in my attempt to get off the couch (from my admittedly unconventional positioning), and I go from “meh” to “KILL!!!” in ten seconds or less.  Except that I haven’t lost the other symptoms either, so now I’m crying and angry and the back of my mind is telling me that clearly we’ve lost all of our closeness and our relationship is doomed.  And I want to smash things.  And swear.  And swear about smashing things.   I’ve gotten pretty good now at telling the difference between sincere emotions and the bizarre parodies induced by chemical changes, and let’s just say these ones are having a little chemical parade.

So mostly I am just waiting things out for the moment.  I go through the motions of low-energy activities during the day, and try to roll as gracefully as I can with the waves of “Aaaaaaaah” that tend to hit me in the evening.   And try to keep in mind that this could all be dramatically different tomorrow.  It happens that fast.

On the plus side, this gives me time to do normally not-as-engaging things like sift through my older Google Analytics stats and learn that now in addition to the multitude of hugging animal searches, antidepressant questions, bits of random Russian, and quests for stick figures doing various (mostly dirty) things, I’ve now also welcomed in a not insignificant number of search hits from “hulk no understand” and several variations on “amuse me, internet!”  Love it.

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7 Responses to “Hulk no understand why internet not amuse Hulk”

  1. gesikah says:

    Probably not terribly helpful, but I totally think there is a period of time post-rock bottom where it’s like…what I imagine would be very similar to post-zombie apocalypse. You kill the last zombie that is trying to get through the door and it’s like “Whew, I survived…that’s unexpected” and you walk outside and see the most beautiful sunrise ever, you’re shoulders start to relax and then you look around and…”What a fucking mess there is to clean up. God, I’m hungry”.

    A time where the cost of being in survival mode over the last (x amount of time) starts sinking in.

  2. Curiosity says:

    I love it. :) And you’re probably right. Yes, I’m still here with all my limbs in tact, but seriously? Another gore covered wall?? Really?

    Why did I not think to kill them all in the bathtub? …Or at least over the sink.

  3. gesikah says:

    Haha, exactly. Like the 300th bullet hole you were caulking up (with the last of the caulk IN THE WORLD) to keep the cold and vermin out, you would be just like “Ugh, would it have killed me to use a knife just every once in a while?”. In much the same way that after coming out the other end of a period of severe depression to find you are 30 lbs overweight and in horrible shape, you think “Ugh, would it have killed me to eat more vegetables or taken a walk every now and then?”.

    It’s like a switch flips and I forget how much effort it took not to just curl up and sit in a corner…or in some cases how much effort it took just to curl up and sit in a corner. ;) No self-sympathy, just “ugh, look what you have left for me to clean up”. Which, you know, is kinda depressing. ;)

  4. steff says:

    “I would probably be a lot less disappointed a lot less often if I could sincerely take each day as it comes, but as it turns out I am less good at that, and more super super great at taking the feelings of the moment and projecting them over the next several months.”
    oooooooooooooooooh, how i get that. and it’s both the worst and the best depending on what kind of feelings you are dealing with.
    i have days where literally NOTHING can stop me bc i know, just KNOW, that i am awesomeness personified (and not in a self-centered obnoxious kind of way just in a way that we all need to be in order to be motivated and successful, etc.) and i have no doubt that given time and hard work i can conquer whatever it is that i want. THEN there are the other days where i think so little of myself that just having to BE me is unbearable and i start to envision all the calamity that my mere existance has, is and will cause in the future. and as a “former” self-harm-as-means-of-coping-kind-of-gal, thats when it gets kind of scary.

  5. spokeit says:

    I’m sorry the last few days have sucked…I hope that you feel better soon…and that you keep writing because you crack me up.

  6. You’re a really great writer. I really appreciate your honesty and matter-of-fact-ness. I was sorry to read that you’ve gone through another low lately, although its good to hear that you have had times where your mood is much better. I just wanted to ask you a question- or provide you with a question that you can ponder on for next time this happens- when was your menstrual period due in relation to your recent depression? If your depression isn’t constant throughout the month, and you certain weeks that are worse, it’s possible that a hormonal imbalance is contributing to your depression. I’ve just started writing a blog on physical causes of depression (I’m a doctor of biochemistry and a natural health practitioner), and hoped that this information might help. Thanks again for your interesting blog. I look forward to reading more.

  7. Jules says:

    “meh” to “KILL” in less than ten seconds.
    I know that feeling. So, so scary afterwards. But at the time I felt sooo justified. I need to work out a way to stop my partner reacting to that and just let me go for it. I know I am being unreasonable when I look back at it, but she is not helping by fighting back. meh!

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