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Let’s face it. Deployments are NOT made of sugar and spice and everything nice. Although sometimes I wish they were. So what are they made of? Everything not so nice I assure you. Except for homecomings. Homecomings are nice.
Let me explain….
This past weekend I faced one of the biggest things I was afraid of happening while my husband was deployed – the stomach flu. You can laugh all you want, but this was seriously a big worry of mine, and let me tell you it hit really bad. My son had it Saturday night, I had it all day Sunday, then my son had it again all through the night Sunday night and Monday morning. Let’s just say Tuesday was the first day we had with no puke.
My Valentine’s Day wish was just to be able to take a shower because I couldn’t remember the last time I was able to and my hair still smelled like throw-up. It was a long weekend full of calls to the doctor and worrying about my son being dehydrated, but we made it through somehow.
I will admit there was a time right there in the middle of me getting sick with my son crying and hanging onto me at the same time that I just wanted to lay on the floor and give up. I was done. The stomach flu is bad enough, but without your husband or anyone else to take care of you? Yeah, that’s hard.
So before we go any further, here’s the real 411 on what happens when your spouse is deployed.
Your Spouse is Deployed When…
- Everything falls apart.
- Your lease expires and you had no idea.
- Your family was in a car accident.
- Your car breaks down.
- Your car starts smoking.
- Your car gets towed.
- You have to find a car place that won’t take you for all your money.
- Your house gets broken into.
- Every appliance in the house breaks.
- You lose access to your joint bank account.
- You get sick multiple times.
- Your child gets sick multiple times.
- Your child throws up all over your computer and it was the one you used to Skype with your spouse.
- Your child has to be admitted to the hospital.
- Your car’s brake lights go out at once. Yes, both of them.
- Your internet breaks multiple times and you spend hours on the phone trying to get it fixed.
- The house floods.
- You spend your anniversary away from home and away from your spouse.
- You spend Christmas (and every other holiday) without your spouse.
- You spend your birthday without your spouse.
- You find out your child needs to be tested for Autism.
- Your spouse’s family member dies.
- Your family member dies.
- You barely get sleep the entire time they are gone.
- You feel like a zombie the entire time.
- You don’t shave for months.
- You can get away with not going grocery shopping every week
- The dog runs away.
- You feed the kids cereal and pizza for breakfast.
- The phone becomes your new best friend.
- The computer becomes your new best friend.
- Skype becomes your new best friend.
- You get re-acquainted with your email.
- You eat more candy than you actually send in your spouse’s care package.
- The laundry makes it into the basket, instead of the floor.
- You lose weight.
- You learn many things about yourself and others.
- Your military friends become your family.
Scared yet? I was. But I survived and so will YOU!
What about YOU? Have any of these happened when your spouse was deployed?