Posted 12/8/2006 9:54 AM (GMT -8)
Please can you help: My wife has CFS and generally she is a warm, effectionate and loving and fair person but she has just left me and I really could do with understanding if some of her behaviour is linked to CFS. She is 34 and has had CFS since she was 18. for 4 years I have been a tower of strenth for her, but I simply cannot understand some of her behaviour.
We are a blended family, she has two children from her first marriage and so have I. My wife would talk about her illness many times each day, going over symptoms and ailments and other than say I understand how she feels and try to make practicle changes, I was unsure what else to say. If for any reason after listening intently to her many hundreds of times, the one time I was at a loss for words, she would take it that I had no interest and say I did not care or understand her illness.
I also found that when she relayed things that had happened day to day in the house, they were very often excagerated, and nothing i said would relay any of her anxieties about any given events. One of her children who was 9 got up to go to the toilet and left a light on, a few nights in a row, when I simply asked them to turn the lights off when they had finished, my wife, making no comment at the time, now says that becuase of this one comment, she could never sleep properly at night, in case I got annoyed if one of the children left a light on. I said the same thing to my children and she has no issue with that.
We had a joint bank account, her own credit card and I lost count how many times I told her so long as we had money in the account, she could buy whatever she wanted. four years later she now tells me that despite me saying she could do whatever and whenever she wanted, I made her feel guilty and STOPPED her spending ANY money on anything, and if she did I would cause a row. She did howver, actually buy whatever she needed, the only one time we had differing views was when she wanted to get her children new mattresses for the beds, I said I agreed, but could we clear some of the credit card bills first.
I made a great deal of effort with her children and although on occassion I may get a little terse with them over their behaviour and alike, same as I did my own, she now says that everything i did was wrong and that I never showed ANY interest or care for them, even though many many times, she had said to me in the past, I appeared to care more about her children than thier own natrual father.
We had one very minor argument whilst we were married 9 months into our only 12 month marriage), we were then due to go out to celebrate our first anniversay and she said she was not well enough to go. (we had planned this for months and did not go to the cinima very often, she also always seemed well enough to do the things she wanted, just never well enough to do the things I wanted to do. I said that sometimes I wished that she would consider me and my wishes and needs and this caused a row, she then said our marriage was over and has refused to speak to me since. The whole time we were married we had two rows, and the second one she left.(and they were not very big either)
I cannot understand whether its her illness thats causing her to over react to day to day domestic issues or if its something else. Every day she would hug me and hold me and tell me just how happy she was and how in love she was with me, then after the 1 row, she said things were never right and that I never supported her, never cared about her children and was controlling and unreasonable over money, which was a complete contracst to how things were.
I would just appreciate some help to understand this. I was with her when she say a clinical phychologist at the hospital who suggested she may have depression and anxierty complex but she walked out the hospital saying, what do doctors know. although she was not well enough to go out to celebrate our first anniversary, when she came home, she emptied an entire house of all her and the childrens clothes, toys, kitchenware, books, everything, appearing to be as string as an ox.
I think she had a lot of anxiety over her children as she left the childrens father and seemed to resent anything I did. We had spent 1 year thisfully hasppy, I had to tell one of her children off for attempting to punch another child in the face, she left me saying that our relationship was over and that she needed to be on her own with her children, this similar set of circumstance happend 4 times.
I love her so much but just cannot understand the contrast in her behaviour. If you could help me understand I would be very grateful.