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Offline JimCBrooklyn

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Empathy for my wife
« on: April 02, 2011, 04:52:32 AM »
So, I've been having a struggle with this, recently, and it's making me feel awful about who I am.

I'm usually a very empathetic person: I am very quick to help others in need, usually out of a sincere concern for them, and when folks I know or don't know are very sick, or in dire straits, I feel for them sincerely. I am often touched by the prayer requests of others.

My wife is pregnant, and she deals with our 2 kids an awful lot. She is often quite tired, and for the last couple of days has been feeling sick, as well. For some reason, I am completely numb to it, and honestly get annoyed when she complains about it or acts under the weather. I love my wife, and we have a generally very good relationship, but this is putting a wedge between us. I should be caring for her, but it's like I don't believe her, even though intellectually, I do...

Any thoughts on this?
Mostly, pray for me, a sinner.
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Re: Empathy for my wife
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2011, 07:38:57 AM »
Lord have mercy on Your Handmaiden.
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Re: Empathy for my wife
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2011, 08:50:14 AM »
Well, turns out there's a fairly good explanation for my mood/temperament. I've been having some headaches the last 4 days or so that began during a workout, out of nowhere, and it turns out that I'm having Post-Concussion Syndrome symptom from a major concussion I sustained in the Fall, which almost always leads to temporary mood deflation/depression. I knew something was up. It's a double whammy, because it means that the initial injury was probably more severe than they thought, and could have permanent lasting effects.

I humbly ask for prayers for my health, but mostly as it pertains to my roles as father and husband.
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Jim
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Re: Empathy for my wife
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2011, 08:56:00 AM »
:( I'm sorry to hear that... Lord have mercy!

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Re: Empathy for my wife
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2011, 03:33:52 PM »
Lord have Mercy.