It's a cold day. Laura hasn't gone out for a week, it's the worst winter she has ever experienced, she has just moved from another continent, to live with her boyfriend. She doesn't understand why she feels so weak. Her legs are a little bit numbs. Her feet very cold even though she is wearing her best cashmere socks. Outside is dark and just the idea to go out, frightens her. However, today she must go out, as she has been invited to a fashion event to which invitation she accepted in advance.
Her boyfriend, Andrew, is coming with her. He has never before, seeing her so nervous. While she puts on her shoes her hands shakes. She express her worries to Andrew, who thinks she is just overreacting.
As they arrive to the Metro Station, Laura starts having alarming thoughts. She refuse to take the train. She feels hot, like boiling, she starts removing some clothes, and to shout desperately, -Call an ambulance, I am going to faint!
Andrew never saw Laura in this conditions, he first gets frozen, meanwhile Laura continues crying and repeating that she is going to die. Minutes later, Andrew, also shaking, calls the ambulance. Twenty minutes later, after the doctor confirmes that what Laura has is only a nerve breakdown, she gets back to normality, though, the weakness in her legs remain.
They don't go to the fashion event, Laura has to rest. This same night, Laura has a second Panic Attack, out of nowhere, this time worse. She trembles uncontrollable, her hands are sweating and she has to run to the toilet with colics. Andrew is more aware, he knows that it is her nerves, plus the anxiety for not understanding her body reaction.
This time, Andrew takes her hands and seat close to her. He hugs her and repeats again and again. -All is well, all is well, all is well.
Little by little she stops trembling. She can't walk properly. He calls emergency just to double check her physical health. As thought, the doctor don't find anything wrong apart from the nerve breakdown.
How did Andrew cope with the situation after this event?
First, he took her the next day to the hospital for a general check out, to make sure the symptoms wasn't due to some serious illness.
Once the doctors confirmed she was physically healthy. They proceeded to visit a psychiatric who diagnosed her with a High Level of Anxiety and prescribed her tons of pills.
Laura refused to take the pills. Andrew respected her decision but encouraged her to take a natural remedy for the nerves.
For the next month, Andrew reminded her, every time she felt anxious or afraid to have a panic attack, that she was not alone, and that everything was going to be ok. He asked her to breath in and out, to remind her the importance of keeping calm.
He cooked for her, and let her rest, as her body was feeling still weak after the amount of stress her body suffered.
But the most important thing he did was to stay close to Laura, to give her love, to hug her, to show her that no matter what, he was there for her.
It took time for Laura to recovery with meditation, positive thought, some exercise and a better diet.
By the time Spring arrived, Laura and Andrew were able to enjoy the beauty of the flowers, the fresh air, the bright light, without the fear that once threatened her.
What Andrew did for Laura was simple, yet very important for the peace and harmony of their relationship.
You can try to do what Andrew did, most important, you can give lot of love, as much love as you can. Being patient is a way to show your love, don't stop giving love because love heal.
"I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear."-Oprah Winfrey and Love Heals.
Have you ever been in the same situation as Andrew was? What did you do to cope and to help your partner. I'll love to hear your story, it will also benefit other readers who are living the same experience right now.
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Tons of love.
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