(Recovering When Your Male Partner Is Injured While Sledding With the Children)
Step 1: Relief. Thank God he rolled off before he hit the tree.
Step 2: Concern. How bad is it? Should we go to the doctor? The ER?
Step 3: Gratitude. It's not bad enough to go to the ER. He'll be fine soon.
Step 4: Sympathy. It seems like he's in a lot of pain, poor guy. Cracked ribs must really suck.
Step 5: Patience. Yes, over-the-counter pain killers can make you feel better. I'll get them for you.
Step 6: Commiseration. Yeah, it's terrible when your core is injured. Like when you have a c-section or 3.
Step 7: Frustration. You can handle sex but not taking the garbage out?
Step 8: Annoyance. Do you have to yell every time you feel a stabbing pain? I was sleeping, dammit.
Step 9: Envy. I want an excuse to be as grumpy as I feel.
Step 10: Appreciation. At least I'm not in terrible pain.
Step 11: Prayer. Please let him never get hurt again.
Step 12: Acceptance. I accept that I am powerless over my husband's injury, mood and ability to function.