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Topic : 01/16 Honeymoon's Over Follow-up

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Created on : Friday, January 13, 2006, 02:16:30 pm
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They’re newlyweds, married only a short time, and already they're headed for divorce court. First, Michelle says she's not the only woman in her marriage. Her husband, Matthew, has many female friends whom she has never met. Should he give them up or did she make a promise she can't keep? Then, when Marlon and Shamika first appeared on the show, they were eight months newly wed and were on the verge of becoming newly divorced because of their constant fighting. Did they put Dr. Phil's advice to work and have things changed? Share your thoughts.


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January 16, 2006, 9:13 am CST

Unhappy Husband never has the desire to make love and always pushes my hand away

Hello , I am a 50 year old woman and was just  married Oct.1/05 I have been with my husband for 2 years . I am very worried if we will stay together . I am crazy in love with him and have eyes for know one else and the thought of ever being with another man is just out of the question . Our problem has always been sex . I want it all the time and he doesn't . We didn't even make love on our wedding night . I must say that was not his fault it was mine . I was wore out from the day . Which it really didn't matter because he never does approach me anyway . I am the one that always has to be the passionate one . And believe me when we do make love it's very passionate and satisfying . 

But we seldom make love and it's always been like that . I don't understand why he never has the desire to make love and why he never touches me . We have been to see the doctor and he had given us the little magic pills for him and they work if he takes them . But he always complains of a headache after taking them and they bother his vision. and most of the time he will take the pill and not tell me . I guess he expects me to be a mind reader . He never touches  me intimately  it's always me that has to start the relationship . I don't feel that it's fair to me . That I am always the one to have to start it.  . Two weeks after we were married My back went out and I was in bed for three weeks because I could not walk . My sciatic nerve is being pinched from my disk in my back . I have been to pain management and to a neurosurgeon I have been told I need surgery by two doctors and my next step is I'm having a block injection in my spine to my nerve after that . If it does not help I will have the surgery I am feeling better since I had the other two shots . I am at least able to walk now . But I still have the desire to make love to my husband and I swear he always has a excuse . We have made love 4 times since we were married . Our love making has always been about once a month and believe me I have bought all the toys and have used them on him and my self and he loved it . But we always end up in a fight when I want to make love . it's always an excuse . I'm tired I have a headache and now he has started on blood presser medicine so now it's giving him a tummy ache . How do I win ? He works very hard and I don't even try to get him to make love during the week because I know he is to tired he's a sleep by 7 pm every night and I always go to bed with him and I sit up and watch TV until I fall a sleep . I know he loves me  , we spend every moment together when he is not working and we go every where together . I love that part him that we are so close in that way. And he is even 5 years younger than I am . I am under a lot of stress between my husband not ever wanting to make love and my back and now this past week I found out my 29 year old son has cancer in the colon and a spot on his liver and two spots on his limp  node. I am almost ready to lose my mine . It's almost  more than a person can take and I need help. I love my husband and I want my husband forever . I just want him to want to make love to me .  And all I do is cry and pray to god day and night to help my son get over this cancer . I really don't know how I am going to cope I am almost off my rocker  . I know my husband is under a lot of stress with me not being able to work , trying to live on one pay check to pay the bills plus all of the doctors copays and medicine we are broke and it is putting stress on him and my self . PLEASE HELP ME AND PLEASE PRAY FOR MY SON  

 
January 16, 2006, 9:18 am CST

How SAD!!

I have never commented on these things but after watching her and him today I was appalled at how very sad and frustrated he seemed during the interview and after the show was over.  I disagree with Dr. Phil that this marriage will work and 80-90% of the blame should be placed on her.  She needs a reality check and I dont think Dr. Phil set her in her place as much as he should have.  Good Luck to both of them and the children involved. 

 
January 16, 2006, 10:47 am CST

Michelle is a better woman than me

Michelle is far more understanding than me.  I have been with my husband for 3 years married for one and a half and neither of us have freinds that the other hasn't met period. 

I would INSIST on meeting these "freinds" or I would talk to a divorce attorney.  Now is the time for action, before children are involved 

 
January 16, 2006, 11:14 am CST

01/16 Honeymoon's Over Follow-up

Quote From: joslynn

Hello , I am a 50 year old woman and was just  married Oct.1/05 I have been with my husband for 2 years . I am very worried if we will stay together . I am crazy in love with him and have eyes for know one else and the thought of ever being with another man is just out of the question . Our problem has always been sex . I want it all the time and he doesn't . We didn't even make love on our wedding night . I must say that was not his fault it was mine . I was wore out from the day . Which it really didn't matter because he never does approach me anyway . I am the one that always has to be the passionate one . And believe me when we do make love it's very passionate and satisfying . 

But we seldom make love and it's always been like that . I don't understand why he never has the desire to make love and why he never touches me . We have been to see the doctor and he had given us the little magic pills for him and they work if he takes them . But he always complains of a headache after taking them and they bother his vision. and most of the time he will take the pill and not tell me . I guess he expects me to be a mind reader . He never touches  me intimately  it's always me that has to start the relationship . I don't feel that it's fair to me . That I am always the one to have to start it.  . Two weeks after we were married My back went out and I was in bed for three weeks because I could not walk . My sciatic nerve is being pinched from my disk in my back . I have been to pain management and to a neurosurgeon I have been told I need surgery by two doctors and my next step is I'm having a block injection in my spine to my nerve after that . If it does not help I will have the surgery I am feeling better since I had the other two shots . I am at least able to walk now . But I still have the desire to make love to my husband and I swear he always has a excuse . We have made love 4 times since we were married . Our love making has always been about once a month and believe me I have bought all the toys and have used them on him and my self and he loved it . But we always end up in a fight when I want to make love . it's always an excuse . I'm tired I have a headache and now he has started on blood presser medicine so now it's giving him a tummy ache . How do I win ? He works very hard and I don't even try to get him to make love during the week because I know he is to tired he's a sleep by 7 pm every night and I always go to bed with him and I sit up and watch TV until I fall a sleep . I know he loves me  , we spend every moment together when he is not working and we go every where together . I love that part him that we are so close in that way. And he is even 5 years younger than I am . I am under a lot of stress between my husband not ever wanting to make love and my back and now this past week I found out my 29 year old son has cancer in the colon and a spot on his liver and two spots on his limp  node. I am almost ready to lose my mine . It's almost  more than a person can take and I need help. I love my husband and I want my husband forever . I just want him to want to make love to me .  And all I do is cry and pray to god day and night to help my son get over this cancer . I really don't know how I am going to cope I am almost off my rocker  . I know my husband is under a lot of stress with me not being able to work , trying to live on one pay check to pay the bills plus all of the doctors copays and medicine we are broke and it is putting stress on him and my self . PLEASE HELP ME AND PLEASE PRAY FOR MY SON  

 Well it's generally accepted that once guys are out of their 20's, 30's, and sometimes 40's they're sex drive is a little less active.  Does your husband have any of the symptoms of low testosterone?  That can make a guy's sex drive a little less healthy.  Or he may just not be that into sex.

I can totally understand that. I'm 24 and I tend to be not as intersted in sex as my 24 year old boyfriend.  So sometimes it's just personal preference.  It doesn't mean he loves you any less or that anything is going on.  It may just mean that sex isn't as important to him as it is to you.
 
January 16, 2006, 12:55 pm CST

Dr Phil Show.

Doctor Phil. Did I see this last time? I donot remember at all. But I do remember you and Robin from last week. I hope that it will go smoothly today.  I will see you today at 03:00 to 04:00 P.M.-- 

In the Afternoon. Well Ihad better close now. Sincerley Your. Russell Vlaanderen.------------------- 

 
January 16, 2006, 1:06 pm CST

Just a friend?????

Just a friend???? Then why can't your spouse/significant other meet them?  What if the friend is the ex-wife who according to the ex-husband will always be a very good friend?  I feel Dr. Phils advise that the man should insist on the friend meeting the person in his life.  He should want the friend to meet his spouse.  If they are just friends than it should not upset her.  If she is upset with that situation then she should find someone else to "get her advice" from or "spill her feelings" to.  Men please tell my how and why having your friends meet your wife is so uncomfortable or out of the picture???     

 
January 16, 2006, 1:12 pm CST

Matthew and Michelle

Quote From: atlswan

The Michelle/Matthew situation reminded me a lot of the situation with the couple last week in which the husband had female friends and the wife was uncomfortable. At least in that situation,  the wife had met the female friends and knew who they were. That makes a tremendous difference.  

  

I have to wonder if Matthew would feel the same if the shoe were on the other foot, if Michelle had male friends he had never met and that she "dropped in" to visit when she was in the neighborhood. I wonder if he would be so accepting it. I doubt it. 

  

The excuses that  these female "friends" all didn't come to his wedding for some reason or another, and "are too busy" to meet Michelle just smells bad to me. If these women are "just friends" then they would want to meet Michelle and get to know her. She's his wife and a big part of his life.  

  

I think it also said a lot that Matthew said he feels like he can talk to these "friends" about things he can't talk to Michelle about. That's when you turn to your wife and share your intimate thoughts. Those are the things that bind you together as a couple. Sharing that kind of intimacy with a female "friend" just isn't fair to your spouse.  

  

Hopefully, Matthew will introduce Michelle to these women and they can get through this. That would go a long way to making Michelle feel less insecure.  

I think that Michelle shoulod lighten up a little.  He has women friends, so what.  She has a right to lnow what and who his friends are.  If they start calling and demanding to things that aren't there concern, they have crossed the lines.   He should bring them all home and meet his wife, and if he doesn't he's hiding something. 

 

My Husband and I have been together for over 7 yrs. and married for 5 yrs.  He is also 24 yrs. older and has many female friends.  I'm not jealous or distraugt over this, because he always comes home to me and he is totally faithful to me. 

 
January 16, 2006, 1:14 pm CST

My, My

Quote From: poepad

I agree, she is a chronic complainer. I suspect that is what drove her childrens father away.  

  

Concernig her request to what would make her happy, by having Marion get the kids ready for school. WHAT the fruit is she doing working midnight shift. She complained about not seeing him enough, the chooses a shift that is sure to kill sex life.  

  

Checking acct, I have no problem with with separate checking accts, provided that the paychecks go into a joint acct. And that the seperate checking accts are for personal spending allowances.  

  

Poe 

I normally just watch the show and make my own comments at home.  But folks, is it me but Shamika's posture in general was "Ms. Thing" I need, I want, I, I, I.  I know perhaps her husband talking about he wanted to cry was a tad dramatic, but nothing seemed to make her happy.  

  

Sometimes it's the small things and the idea of her taking a job a night when he's at home makes no sense to me.  Where is the time to cultivate and work on a marriage if neither party is available.  What a 1/2 hour before he goes to work in the morning? 

  

She was so gun ho on what was wrong or what she didn't get it seemed like a struggle to come up with the good stuff.   

  

I agree about the checking account.  I  when I was married we had a household account but my checking account was strictly for personal items.  Interesting enough we communicated that we would set up this type of an account way before we even got married simply because I knew he like to spend. 

  

Overall, I see a lack of communication where she in particular thinks her husband is to be a mind-reader.  I wish them luck and lots of prayer... 

  

 
January 16, 2006, 1:19 pm CST

saddened by this segment

Quote From: socermom44

I have never commented on these things but after watching her and him today I was appalled at how very sad and frustrated he seemed during the interview and after the show was over.  I disagree with Dr. Phil that this marriage will work and 80-90% of the blame should be placed on her.  She needs a reality check and I dont think Dr. Phil set her in her place as much as he should have.  Good Luck to both of them and the children involved. 

I agree with socermom; Ive never commented on these types of shows myself, and intentionally registered simply to comment on how this particular segment of the show. I think Shamika is a very self centered person, and wants too much from Marlon, when she isnt putting out the same effort that he is. I heard him say all the things he had done to change the marriage, but never heard anything that SHE had done for him. 

Something he told her (and by reading the responses to this show should be proof) is that if she doesnt like the type of man he is, someone else WILL come along that does appreciate him, and want to validate him as a man. I am a very single woman and cannot find a good man to save my life; and here HE is, working, providing, helping around the house, making changes for the both of them and she is just not happy with him. What more do u expect??? I know many women that would love to be in her shoes. Read the responses....... 

Marlon, if you get this, you are doing a great job, I hope things work out however you would like them to, but in the same token that you do not settle for less than you deserve. 

  

 
January 16, 2006, 1:20 pm CST

Wife who has insecure issues

Hello!! She needs to relax!!! She is so insecure about her relationship with her husband.  I have plenty of friends who are men and I am in constant conntact with them all the time.  My husband has no problem with this and one of them he's never even met, which he will soon.  What is wrong? Why can't any of us have a friendship of the oppsite sex without having some kind of a conflict.  My husband has plenty of female friends and I am NOT ONE BIT jelous of him or her cause I know that he's with  me for the rest of his life.  Some women just need's to grow up and quite being so insecure with their husbands.  I'm sorry but if they end up in constant conflict someting will happen. 

Happy Wife
 
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