"He Acts Like a Child"

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His Turn, continued

"I know I sometimes forget to call if I'm going to be late, and sometimes I screw up the bills. But Donna makes a federal case of it. I make a good living; our finances are fine. Why doesn't she back off?

"I'll admit I could take better care of my health. But once I was diagnosed with diabetes, Donna took over, monitoring every bite of food I ate. I'm not going to let this disease control my life. Even my doctor says you can't follow the diet one hundred percent of the time. Donna also nags me constantly about my medication. Once I got so frustrated that I threw the pills away to spite her.

"Her vigilance did pay off when there was something wrong with her. She insisted the doctor do a test; I would have just ignored any symptoms. For some crazy reason, she thinks I wasn't worried when she was sick. I was terrified I'd lose her, but I'd tell her everything would be okay because I thought that's what she needed to hear.

"I feel like everything is my fault. Donna and I barely talk to each other. She's always angry, and I'm tiptoeing around, trying not to upset her. There's not much spark between us anymore. But I don't want a divorce. I love my wife."

Continued on page 5:  The Counselor's Turn


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