Sunday, August 4, 2013
Stress in the Family
Stress is a common factor in my life. It just is. It's so common that I tend to flip out even more when things are going smoothly, because that isn't what I'm used to.
Stress is a family trait.
However, how we deal with that stress has some different variation to it...
Though most of our ways of handling stress end with us curled up in a little ball on our beds. I've noticed that pattern.
When my mother is stressed, she goes into denial:
And then goes to sleep until the problem goes away.
When my father is stressed...
Sometimes he handles it really well:
Other times, he turns into an ogre:
Makes unintelligible noises:
And eventually goes to sulk in the bedroom.
Then there is my sister.
When she is stressed:
When I'm stressed:
Well, you probably know about that by now.
Also, migraines run in the family, partly, I'm sure, because stresssss runs in the family.
Like the other stress-bed responses, when I have a migraine, I generally go to bed, hydrate, take a pain killer, and cry a lot until it stops.
But, that was before Rob.
My Knight in Pinstripes is relentlessly...
See, me having a migraine was a problem.
And Rob? He fixes problems.
He fixes problems whether you like it or not.
So, first thing was first.
My Halloween mug was presented to me filled with filtered water and along with that came a pain killer:
He read to me.
Can we just process that?
Rob freaking read to me. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, specifically. Not even a full chapter in, I was happy.
Even though my head felt like it was trying to both implode and explode, I felt loved, and that was helpful.
Next, I mentioned, briefly, that I was cold.
SUDDENLY THERE WAS MY FUZZY ROBE.
Again, I was pleased. I felt like an asshole though, because I didn't know what to do with someone really actively taking care of me as an adult, let alone who wasn't my mom or something.
Still, it was nice.
We cuddled on the sectional couch:
Once light didn't make me want to rip out my eyes, we watched the animated Disney Alice (well, half of it)
And I was pleased to be nestled until I was sleepy and pain free between Rob and my sandworm.
(There are pictures of the real thing in Birthday Bashing)
All things said and done, it was a MUCH better experience than just being comforted by a pillow.