Two years into our marriage and my husband has suddenly become allergic to everything and his nose is constantly dripping. We’ve given away our beloved cat. Had the carpeting and upholstery cleaned, but his nose still drips constantly despite an over-the-counter pharmaceutical to prevent the dripping. Not only that, but it gets worse.
He has gotten into the gross habit of catching the drip with the flick of his index finger and then wiping that finger by sticking it briefly in his mouth. When I mention that I think it is a disgusting habit, he doesn’t get it. He complains that I don’t say nice things to him. That I criticize him. In what way is this not a legitimate complaint? What is a newly wed to do?
–EP, Wilmington, DE
Your husband needs to make an appointment with an allergist to get control of his dripping nose problem. The doctor will test him for allergens to which he has become overly sensitive.
His reward for dealing face on with his problem is that you buy him a dozen handsome handkerchiefs — ones that do not need to be ironed.
Suggest that he store them alongside his socks so that he’ll remember to shove a fresh hanky a day into his pocket while getting dressed in the morning.
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