I don't know that I have specific advice, but I will warn you...the statistic that I found when I was doing all of me pre-op research was that 72% of couples divorce within the first two years after one spouse has WLS. It's scary, but I can completely understand how it happens.
I discussed the stats with my husband when I initially talked to him about WLS. I assured him that I didn't want WLS to find a new husband, I wanted it so I could live longer with him. We've been together for over 15 years and married for nearly 9. We have been through lots of family changes, cross country relocation and lots of other challenges together and have always come through stronger, so I really didn't think we'd have those types of problems, but wanted to put it all out on the table so we could make a decision together.
He's been very supportive throughout my journey, but the last few weeks have been stressful. We both travel a lot for our respective jobs and lately one of us has been gone every week, so we've only been seeing one another on the weekends. He's noticing huge differences in my appearance every time we are reunited and has become very negative about his weight. He's 6'5" and about 330. If you were to meet him, the initial reaction isn't "that guy's fat," it's more "wow, that's a big guy." He's just kind of like a wall.
I adore him exactly the way he is and don't want him to change, although I completely understand his point of view knowing how miserable I was before even though he insisted that he loved me the way I was pre-op. So, now he's retreating. Last weekend, we were both home on only Friday night and Saturday and he didn't hug or kiss me once. If I initiate for a hug, he says things like "You don't feel the same. It's like I'm cheating on you." or "You're getting so tiny." The way he says it, it does not sound like a compliment.
So, I left for my current trip on Sunday morning and will be gone until Thursday. He leaves for Chicago on Sunday. I'll be meeting him in Chicago the following Friday for the weekend. I know nothing is going to resolved until we're both in the same city for more than 48 hours at a time, but it's scary and it's hard. Physically, I feel amazing, but emotionally, it's definitely a roller coaster.
In social situations, we've always been very independent of one another, so there hasn't been a difference there. Although at this point, I'd prefer that social situations be uncomfortable and our one-on-one time be normal.
With regard to your friend's hubby, anti-anxiety medication is great, but without counseling to learn mechanisms to cope with the anxiety, it's not nearly as effective. As my therapist described it to me, if you were in a pool filled with staph and your doctor gave you antibiotics, you wouldn't get sick, but until you can figure out how to get out of the pool, you're not really helping yourself. (Being a completely anxious person, I still fixate on "what's wrong with me that I can't get out of the pool!?!" but that's my issue to keep working out with her.)
Anyway, hopefully I haven't freaked you out too bad. At this point, I don't regret my surgery, however, I'm sure I will if it costs me my marriage.
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