I experience various symptoms of hereditary angioedema. Naturally, when my stomach and face are swelled up from an HAE attack, the last thing that comes to my mind is romance. It can be hard for me to attempt intimacy when I’m focusing all my attention on dealing with my health issues. Thus, romance gets thrown to the sidelines.
I think that often hinders my husband as well. What if my husband begins to feel overlooked? What if he worries that, by trying to add romance to our relationship, he’s putting more stress on me? I think it’s all too easy for me to get caught up in these worries and realities that come with having HAE, which can sometimes put stress on the relationship. And I definitely don’t want that.
For me, I think it’s very important to…
- Make time for romance. As I said before, my health issues and daily stresses often hold the spotlight in my life. If I want to keep the romance alive, I have to make time, even if it means writing a simple note, sending my husband a text, or giving him a call.
- Remember the little things, like holding my husband’s hand or hugging him when he doesn’t expect it. After all, I crave human touch.
- Share some private time, whether it’s taking a walk, having dinner together, or sitting beside each other during our favorite TV show.
When it comes to keeping the romance alive and showing my husband I love him, it’s all about the little things. It’s just a matter of doing them!
How do you keep the romance alive? Leave a comment below!
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