As much as I want to keep myself stress-free, it seems like I am under a lot of stress and my body is reacting to it. My left shoulder has been bothering me, especially after driving 30 minutes to work or sitting at my desk working on the computer for about 20 minutes. The pain sometimes extends to the joint of my left thumb. Needless to say, I am not a fun person to be around these two days because of the pain. Called insurance at lunch and confirmed that we have coverage for chiropractic services. Just pay a copayment for any in network providers and we’re good to go for 30 visits per calendar year. Got an appointment scheduled with this guy who has wonderful Yelp reviews. I am hoping to be pain-free by Thursday.
Remember I said that I am not a fun person to be around? Well, Bob and I got into a huge fight last night. I thought that we have had a good system down and we really hadn’t gotten into a fight in a long time. Everything was fine when he got home. One phone call with his mother changed everything. I don’t think I have ever talked about my in-laws. Well, let’s just say that I am far from being the ideal daughter-in-law that they had ever dreamed of. In fact, they were so upset about our upcoming wedding that his father called Bob the day before the wedding and yelled at him for a long time. Nobody from his family, including his parents or any other close cousins, attended our wedding. And his father stopped talking to him for many months after that. The main reason: I am not Indian and I am older. Since I wasn’t handpicked and arranged by his parents, it is as if Bob didn’t have a wife. They would tell people that Bob has decided not to be married when someone asks them about Bob’s life. After we went to visit them in India last year, things did get a little better. But his mother has this way of torturing him when they talk on the phone or Skype. He basically gets yelled at for ruining their lives almost EVERY SINGLE TIME they talk. Last night was no exception. Bob got off the phone and was in a totally annoyed and unhappy mood. So instead of being the wise one and walking away from it, I fell into the trap of reacting to his reaction to his mother. One thing led to another. And we were yelling at each other. I don’t know if it’s the stress of IVF, infertility, his family situation, or his job situation. Must be a combination of all of them. I just feel so helpless when we fight. I am also very frustrated that we are allowing his mother’s destructive ways to get to our relationship. Other than this one stressor, Bob has also been a bit anxious about looking for a new job. However, we can’t move on from this job until we’re done using the fertility insurance. The lifetime maximum coverage will be finished in July when our cycle starts. He’ll then be free to move around and look for another job. But to him, it feels like that EVERYTHING we do revolves around fertility and IVF. It feels like it, but it is not true. However, no matter what I tell him, it doesn’t matter. It is how he feels. And he’s sticking with it. We do enjoy life. IVF is a big part but it’s not everything that we do. I do see a pattern of our communication that is recurring and I feel that we can use some help in that area. So during my insurance coverage phone call, I also found out that we are covered for counseling for unlimited visits with just a copayment. Bob and I will talk about it and see if that’s something we want to pursue. I hope it will help. I don’t think it’ll hurt.
How do you deal with stress, especially when it’s related to infertility and fertility treatment? Have you ever done counseling and how did it work out for you?