Why can't he be happy? We've had a good run over the last few months. I almost forgot how awful he can make me feel and how quickly he can make me cry.
He's definitely starting up one of his long cycles. It seems an ugly twist of fate that he always gets this way in the fall. Autumn is my absolute, hand's down, favorite time of year. I love the pumpkins, the weather, football, corn mazes, haunted houses, candy apples....everything! It's especially cruel then that during my favorite time of the year is when his PTSD is the absolute worst. We miss out on so many family memories because he doesn't want to go, or doesn't feel good. In the past I've stayed home not wanting to make memories without him. I cling tight to the American family ideal.
I've got to just go out and do it myself. He isn't going to be much use of anything for awhile. All the freaking drugs he's on and none of them work to pep him up. Nope. The only drug that works at all for him is weed. Seriously? I'm like the biggest opponent to legalizing marijuana but unfortunately it's the only thing that makes my husband likeable. And....he's out. He doesn't have any and he doesn't have ready access to any. So really, for the next unseen many weeks, he's just going to be a total ass. It's totally unacceptable to me. Having PTSD doesn't give you an excuse to be an asshole. I get that he is stressed and worked up, but that doesn't give you the right to yell at me or the kids.
Earlier today I told him I was going to my mom's. I was heading downstairs to get my laundry together when I stopped myself. I'm always the one leaving. Many years ago, we got into a huge fight and I kicked him out of the house. He ended up going to his mother's and we remained separated for a year. Now, whenever we have a big enough argument that one of us should leave, it's always me. He says it's because his mom told him never to leave the house again.
Thanks a fucking lot, mother in law. How bout you think of your grandkids who have to be hauled across town to my mother's house and ripped from their beds? Did you ever think of that? NO!
I go, because it's easier. It's easier than trying to make him leave. He's such an ass when he gets that way, that he won't go willingly. Instead of making an even bigger ruckus in front of my babies, I've always just packed a bag and talked about the "fun times" we'll have at grandma's.
Tonight I just decided not to do that again. He's not physical, he won't hurt me or the kids physically. Emotionally......well, he's hurt me so much in the past that I'm starting to get a pretty thick skin. As far as the kids go, he's not too bad with them. He knows when he's getting pretty bad and he'll leave and go into the basement. That's where he is now, in the basement.
So, for now, we are not talking and we'll just go about our business as separately as possible. I don't think the kids will be too affected. They are used to their dad disappearing downstairs to play video games or needing time alone.
Am I fucking up my kids? When I stop and think about it, I'm appalled that this is "normal" for my kids. My only hope is to get through school, safe up money and put us in a better place. One way or the other