It will soon be a year since I first came to this site with many months in between my last post. My problems came to a peek when my ADD husband after I left the home began to fight me for the custody of our 2 children. It truly got as bad as bad could get my “boy next door, good Christian man and best friend” became the most deceptive, malicious and irresponsible man I have ever met. Despite my fears and pleas for assistance for intervention from “our mutual friends and family” for over 11 years, because I left my husband; I received no assistance.
Nearly 7 moths of hell, $7,000.00, our business in shambles, and our home 10 days from foreclosure, a light came on in my husbands mind and he just simply STOPPED fighting! He asked me to consider reconcile, to which I said no. And despite saying no, just like that he started to collaborate! Within a week he signed over primary custody of our children to me! He signed over primary custody, gave back to me the primary responsibility of managing the business and gave me access to move into our marital home or back to the state of my choosing.
My ADD Husband spent more energy fighting me in 7 months then he did in the 11 years of our marriage trying to work on our problems. In 7 months he spent more energy focusing on his hatred for me and how to destroy me, than addressing his ADD diagnosis. My ADD husband filed for divorce faster and than he filed for his income tax return! He paid his attorney before he paid for the mortgage. He called his cronies to devise tactics before he would pick up the phone to call his children.
Only to in the end for $300.00 draft and file a custody agreement with the children living with me during the week and visiting him all the weekends but the last.
So, here we are! Here I am on this site as if I am going through ADD Spouse withdrawals. I’ve been gone for nearly 15 months and have entered into a new relationship. My new relationship has its own problems, but NOTHING like those I had with my spouse, for the most part it is most everything I didn't have with my husband. I've moved back to our joint state for the benefit of our children. My ADD husband now lives 3 miles from my current home and for the past 4 months since I moved here. It now begins to seem as if he is getting more and more comfortable with the arrangement., me living here alone and him living there alone. Since we are not legally divorced, I still maintain access to our marital home. I go and come as I please, to impose some discomfort that will help him get off the stick and get it ready for sale. But, he is not phased by my ability to imposition him.
Despite the fact that I am in another relationship, it is as if my ADD Husband is attempting to build a friendship with me again. It is as if he has grown comfortable with himself beng alone and the kids sometimes. It is as if he is waiting on me, without my concent. Praying for me, for us...scriptures, bibles everywhere. Yet, when I go to the house I see he has let it go down hill, the piles of paper are everywhere and the bills are months behind. His ADD is all over the house. It is almost as if, I can now see how much I was doing. THE MAN IS A MESS! But, HE thinks he is ok and HE thinks he is making strides to gain my affection. I don’t think there has been a weekend YET, where he can REMEMBER IF HE HAS THE KIDS! Did you read, he has them “every weekend but the last.”
My problem: I was once a committed Christian and I so desire the be whole spiritually again. But, look at me now. Look at my “walk.” I am gone and in another relationship and here is my husband. I loved the commitment of being married, I just hated my marriage. But I miss what marriage meant to me and my children. I can not go back to what was, but I want to go back for what MAY be. I come to this site to remind myself of the dysfunction that I left; but now with the reality of diagnosis of ADD (one received a month before I left and refuted 2 months after I left). Its not his fault. But, its not mine either! Yet, I feel like the guilty one.
I haven’t said a word of reconciliation to my husband. I haven’t even hinted to a plan of any kind. But, I want to try… I want him to try. I want us to go to counseling, I want him to be the man I have now but with OUR 11 year commitment, I want him to take his medication and I want to rebuild...I want him to have leaned SOMETHING and invest the same energy as he did to destroy everything to building everything aknew. But, I am TERRIFIED to go back, leave what I have and end up with less than what I had before I left. I am afraid I am being idealistic... again, setting unrealistic expectations...again and having hope...again.
Yes, I can forgive my husband. Yes, I can work hard and commit to my marriage. U understand now that my husband "needs glasses," he can not "focus" on his own. I can not be his eyes and I can not blame him for his vision. But, can he wee his life ... OUR LIFE with the ADD…truly. I don’t want to live like this and I don’t want to live like that. I feel as if I am being punished, challenged and about to fail a trial as a Christian and as a mother or win personal victory.for my own survival. I feel this is greatest challenge of my life and I simply don’t know what the challenge is?