I’m a housewife too. Health reasons keep me home and infertile. At this time, we cannot adopt or foster as we do not have the finances, due to medical bills and the fact I can’t work.
A lot of times, I feel like…like my husband got the raw end of the deal because he ended up with a wife that can’t work, can’t bear children, and can barely keep house due to her health. He knew of my health problems before marrying me, but we didn’t know for certain they’d cause me to be infertile…well, I suppose maybe I could still get pregnant, but it’s not likely. The ‘preferred treatment’ for the infertility caused by my condition is IVF with donor eggs, which obviously is not an option.
I know for certain that my mil looks down on me, she gives a lot of backhanded compliments like, “this is better than you usually do” in regards to my cooking or cleaning. Also, she’s a nurse and thinks she knows everything about medicine and tells me I’m faking or that she knows tons of people who still manage to work, or that if I just did A, B, and C I’d get better. It REALLY gets on my nerves. I swear, one day I’m just going to snap and be like, “Are you a doctor? Did you go to medical school for 7 years? NO! So don’t act like you know anything about my health!”
Sorry this turned into a rant, I just don’t come across many people who understand what it’s like to be a housewife in this day and age. At times, I really wish we were living in the 50s because the social stigma would be less for me, but then again, I need today’s medicine, so I just have to grow a thicker skin.