Saying goodbye to Chris for his second deployment was just as hard as the first. He was supposed to fly out last week and luckily his flights were messed up so we were able to spend one last weekend together. However, that weekend quickly flew by and yesterday it was time to send him off.
Yesterday was so hard for me. The first time he was deployed we were alone and I said bye and immediately left. This time we stayed and watched him go through security, board the plane and then watched the plane take off. It was absolutely miserable. For anyone that has a partner getting deployed, treat it like a band-aid. Just do it.
Thankfully this is the last time he will ever be sent away but if it ever happened again I will never do it like that.
I can’t change yesterday though, all I can do is look ahead and that’s what I’m going to do. After going through his previous deployment I learned a lot. I became very unhealthy last time due to stress and GI issues and lost a lot of weight. I was weak and depressed the whole time. I will not do that again. This time is better for a few reasons. I now live closer to family and friends, I have work AND school, as well as a wedding to plan.
My goals while he is gone is to stay busy, eat healthy, manage my stress productively and not internalize it, and never go more than 3 days without getting some type of exercise.
I think that if I accomplish these goals I’ll be able to stay healthy for the whole time that he is gone.
I cannot wait for him to get home and his dad says it perfectly, “the days are long but the weeks are short”. I know he’ll be back before we know it. Now it’s time to brainstorm some care package ideas :)