In many ways, having a thriving marriage while dealing with chronic illness is the same as having a thriving marriage without any chronic illness:
- open communication
- mutual respect
- making time for romance
But managing a chronic illness can throw some wrenches into even the most well-oiled marriage machine. Read on for strategies to strengthen your marriage with a chronic illness.
#1: Don’t Hide Your Symptoms
Chronic illness flare-ups can feel embarrassing, but hiding what you’re going through will only make things worse. Secrets are never a good idea in a marriage, and the stress of keeping them could exacerbate your flare-up.
#2: Be Honest About Your Needs
In a healthy marriage, you’re likely often thinking about what you can do for your spouse. But also in a healthy marriage, your spouse is also thinking about what they can do for you. And when you’re dealing with a chronic illness, you need to let them know exactly what they can do to help.
It can be really hard to ask for help, but it’s important to understand that needing help is not a symbol of weakness, and asking for what you need is brave.
#3: Explore New Activities Together
If your chronic illness has limited some of your old favorite date night activities, then you’ve got a great excuse to have some new adventures with your spouse. Talk with others who have the same chronic illness and find out what they like to do — then try it yourself with your spouse!
Staying Healthy with IVX Health
Part of taking care of your marriage is taking care of yourself, and that means making sure you get the IV infusions prescribed by your doctor. We know life gets busy, and that’s where IVX Health can make all the difference. We offer appointments during days, evenings and on weekends at any of our convenient locations.
At IVX Health, you’ll enjoy both the warmth of a spa and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!
If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.