Needless to say, losing Isaac has left my husband and I feeling helpless. I have been lucky thus far in life. I have lost just one grandparent and one great uncle that I was especially close to. Other than those two losses, I haven’t had to deal with the death of anyone particularly close to me. Both of those men died from illnesses but lived full and happy lives prior to their deaths. Neither of them was robbed of life’s many joys before leaving us. I was heartbroken by both losses, but I didn’t feel them nearly so intensely as I do with Isaac.
There are a number of differences that I know make this feel so distinct. I carried Isaac and he felt like an extension of myself. He also never got to experience all of the highs and lows that come with life. He never got to experience anything except my belly. While I know that Isaac’s death isn’t directly my fault, it does feel like some sort of failure on my part. I failed to bring Isaac into this world alive, and, as a result, I will never hold him again. I tried my hardest to do everything right in my pregnancy with Isaac. I exercised, I ate well and I followed my doctors’ instructions exactly. We sill lost him.
Other than challenging my doctor when he told me abnormal symptoms were normal, there wasn’t anything else I could have done. This is a difficult thing to accept for me. I’m not used to problems that I can’t fix. I haven’t really encountered issues like this before. I would do anything in the world to bring Isaac back, but no amount of effort could do that. Until now, if I put in the effort, I could accomplish just about anything I wanted to. I’m not saying that I always have put in the effort, but I could always look back and identify certain things I should have done (and generally knew that I should have done) to achieve some desired outcome. In many cases, I was still able to fix any undesirable outcome. Grades could almost always be improved, writing could be edited, and I could work harder to accomplish almost anything I wanted.
I have a lot of resentment towards my doctor at the moment. I keep finding myself wanting to ask why he chose to brush off my concerns and to ignore my elevated blood pressure. It’s as if knowing why he didn’t think my symptoms were important will somehow make our loss make more sense. However, it does not ultimately matter. I could rehash every step of my medical care and interrogate my doctor at length. It will not change the fact that Isaac is gone. I do realize how obvious this sounds. I can’t bring Isaac back. I can’t go back in time to the moment I so often relive, the moment where I wish I had insisted the doctor recheck my blood pressure. I cannot fix this problem, this failure. It’s a pretty terrible feeling.
At some point, I am going to have to figure out how to let go of the “what ifs”, the “could haves”, the “should haves”, and the “would haves”. I will have to accept that Isaac cannot be brought back. I will have to let go of the anger I feel towards the doctor. I’m just not sure when I will be up to that task.