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Email of the Day: My Severely Injured Husband is Still My Protector

By Dr. Laura on February, 16 2022
Email of the Day: My Severely Injured Husband is Still My Protector

Two years ago, I heard you encourage a caller to show her emotion to her terminally ill husband, and allow him to comfort her. At around the same time, my husband suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident. Before the accident, he was big, strong, and masculine. I had never met anyone who made me feel so safe.

He is now completely non-verbal, and with the brain damage, is often confused and disoriented. Even though the roles are reversed, I have several times awkwardly leaned over his bed and put my head on his chest. Prior to the accident, he lovingly referred to this as β€œAmy’s parking spot,” and it got me through many a bad day. When I do this now, despite only limited use of one side of his body and a severe tremor, he manages to put his arm around me and rub my back. Like the caller I heard two years ago, I tried to stay strong around him and keep my emotions in check, but the first time I lost my composure and he noticed me crying, he reached out to wipe my tears.

It was then and there that I knew he was still β€œmy John.” This was and is the man I married, for better or worse, and these tender moments now between us are completely win/win and tremendously healing. I get to feel as loved by him as I did before, and he gets to have a moment of feeling like my man and protector again.

Thank you for getting me through some very dark times.


My Severely Injured Husband is Still My Protector


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