I'm lonely and incredibly insecure right now. H has worked crazy hours 4 weeks straight without a day off and there are at least 2 more coming. There are severe cutbacks at his job. He's under tremendous pressure.
After the blowup yesterday, I realized that I haven't been very honest with him this week. I've been sad, anxious and disconnected but I didn't share that because I didn't want to add to all he has on his plate right now. In hindsight, that wasn't fair to either if us. Bottling all of it up and having it explode really set us back. But...
I have no idea how to tell him how I'm feeling let alone how to ask for what I need. I'm "fine" one minute, the next I'm crazy insecure. I'm angry and devastated then I'm trying to make peace with what happened in the past and looking forward to a better future. My head is spinning at how quickly everything changes.
H is understandably confused by all if this. He wants to know how I'm feeling and how he can help me, but I'm completely unable to answer either if those questions. "I'm a mess" isn't really specific enough, but I can't articulate specific feelings, causes or solutions.
I know you guys understand, please help me here. Descriptions? Analogies? Resources? I can't handle this pain any more and he can't really help if he doesn't understand the depth and the breadth of my pain.
Half the time I stuff it down, a quarter of the time he is too exhausted to engage, and the other quarter we get stuff resolved. But, if i go too long, Boom! I blow up like a Roman Candle. One moment I trigger, and the next i feel like my marriage is stronger than it has ever been. Sigh.
I guess it is part of the terrain! Keep posting; it helps to know you are not alone.
DDay - June 2013, A was 2+ months, EA/then PA
In MC & Reconciling
I edit, therefore I am.
I'm so sorry you feel so bad right now. It's such a crazy place to be- ad not knowing how to express it makes it that much more difficult.
Once when I was having trouble articulating what was wrong/what I needed/ what he could do I vented here and reached out for help.
I got so many great ideas and lots of comfort.
When H and I talked that night- I told him I was struggling. When he asked with what, I read him my most recent post. I took the time to express myself enough for fellow SIers to understand, an that was as real and honest as it got. I UNLOAD on this site.
Anyway- I read my post and it promoted one of our most groundbreaking conversations. I will say that my H was at a good place and I think willing to listen- I know it's hard with yours under so much pressure at work. But you are doing the best you can- you know that.
I know it's so hard to be away from him while he's working. It doesn't help that we need so much nurturing and reassurance right now. But don't beat yourself up for not being able to "deal." You are incredibly strong and have made it so far. Take a minute to breath and remind yourself of how strong you really are. You will get through this.
I wish I could give you such a hug.
Take care of yourself, twinnie
Bionicgal, we do seem to be in the same place a lot lately. The travel thing is so hard. It includes weekends and he always works at night. I work weekdays. It's so hard to talk sometimes, and even harder to communicate without touching (my primary love language).
chiquita, I think you're on the right track. Lots of reading really helped me for a while. My struggle now is to find my own voice in this.
Twinnie, thanks for the hugs. I have to admit I'm a little jealous of your Monday hangover. I'd give my right arm for 2 days in a row together. I was hoping to have an experience like yours where I had an aha moment either typing this or reading the responses.
I know we'll get through this, but right now I just feel beaten down. H is trying so hard to help, but he has no idea what to do aside from hold me and reassure me he's in this for the long haul.
I've been feeling that way too. What I did that seemed to work was explain to my husband what an emotional cycle I go through on an hourly basis, in detail.
First I'm fine, I'm feeling strong, and using that strength, I make some kind of plans to do something. Then for no reason, ten minutes later, I'm weeping. Through the tears, I become insecure, then furious, then insecure, then furious again, then I start thinking that the fastest way to end my pain is divorce, and I start googling divorce lawyers. Then I re-re-re-re-re-realize that's not what I want at all, and I feel hopeful. Then I feel strong. REPEAT.
So when he asks me "how are you doing?", any answer I give him is only valid for the next, I dunno, five minutes. When I am feeling strong, I tell him that all of those emotions are just coming from the same place: pure pain. I ask him not to get derailed by the manifestations the pain takes (anger, fear, insecurity, sadness), just to understand I'm in pain, and that the same things always help, regardless:
- Seeing him doing the work on himself
- Seeing him do nice things for me
- Hearing him apologize
He seems to be doing well with that information.
7 years of double-digit ONS, LTA, hookers - the works.
First found out: August 20, 2013
Whole truth: January 1, 2014
I'm feeling a little better today, I hope I can build on that.