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Before Ryan and I got married we survived in our own little ecosystems. I lived in an apartment with the river nearby so I was exposed to different allergens not to mention I have worked with 25 little children each day now for several years. Let’s just say my immune system has been exposed to some things. Ryan lived in a neighborhood which could provide a different ecosystem along with staying in his cubical at work most of the day. Needless to say we have come from different backgrounds when it comes to what our bodies have been exposed to.
However, since we have gotten married a few things have changed. We moved to a new house, we are now cohabitating with each other, I now teach in a new classroom, I now go to the gym instead of running out on the river, and I have been in a training block that has been the hardest one yet. You can see that the environments around me have changed a lot in the past few months.
Because of these changes since marriage I have been sick four times! This is totally out of the ordinary for me. Normally I get a really bad cold about once a year. This getting sick 4 times in 5 months is ridiculous! When I get sick then next thing that happens is that Ryan gets sick. It is really hard for us when we get sick because it interferes with our training as well. A week or two set back in our training can be a big deal. Therefore, we have tried to implement some things that help us from not getting each other sick.
One of those things is to not kiss each other. Now let me tell you this is not an easy task for us! Last go round it was a 5 or 6 week process where we both were not feeling 100%. As hard as it is not to kiss each other I remind myself it is for the best. We do not want to just keep getting each other sick. Not only that but I do not want to see Ryan suffering from being sick, not being able to workout which is ultimately not allowing him to work towards his dream of becoming a professional triathlete. Although not kissing my husband for weeks on end is quite TORTUOUS I know I am doing it for a greater cause. And, oh how great it is when I finally get to kiss him again! 🙂
What is something you sacrifice for a greater cause in your relationship or for your spouse?