Our son has been one happy little boy since his Dada came back home!
I could tell that he was really missing his Dada because he would always cling to male family members whenever he would see them. He would play with them and follow them around, just like he would do with his Dada.
When my husband returned, he couldn’t leave our son’s sight! Our son followed him everywhere…
Whenever his Dada left the room without his permission, he would run around frantically looking for him. Dada had about 2 minutes to appear and if not, a nuclear meltdown was about to occur!
It’s been a couple of weeks now since my husband has been home and our son’s separation anxiety has calmed down some. In time, he won’t have such a strong fear that Dada is going to leave again for a long time.
As for me, stress tends to affect my health before I actually start to realize that I’m stressed out.
For a few months before my husband left and for the entire time my husband was deployed, I dealt with bruxism.
Do you know what that is?
It’s the fancy medical term for teeth clenching and grinding.
My case had become so bad that I would wake up with sore gums that would hurt all day. It was so bad that I went to the dentist and got a mouth guard, which didn’t help because as many times as I went for adjustments, it still felt very uncomfortable to wear.
I was miserable with seemingly no end in sight…or so I thought.
About three days after my husband returned, I noticed that my gums weren’t hurting. I actually had decent nights of sleep. The nightly teeth clenching had stopped!
I haven’t clenched my teeth one night since my husband’s been back.
Now I know that this bruxism is often caused by stress. The Mayo Clinic even said on their website that it can result from suppressed anger or frustration…but I don’t think that applies to me…
But seriously, all jokes aside, researchers aren’t just giving you a bunch of fluff when they talk about the health effects of deployments on families left at the homefront. Deployments really can affect a family’s physical and emotional health. I personally can attest to it.
I encourage you to not only pray for our troops, but pray for their families as well. They certainly can use it!