My wife is a type-2 diabetic. She has just started taking a new medication which must be injected after she gets up and before she eats anything. On Sunday mornings she wants to sleep until an hour before we leave, which gives her just enough time to get ready, including injecting herself, and then she drinks a Slimfast on the way to church.
One of this med's side effects is nausea, and my wife has been getting that in spades. So she's miserable during Mass, sitting there trying not to throw up, and she's not one for hiding it well when she's not comfortable. That makes me miserable because I know she's miserable, and it's making my Sunday Mass experience a completely negative one. When we leave, my back is tied in knots from the tension (I can't blame the pews; I also go to weekday Masses, and I have no back pain after those.).
I have suggested getting up earlier and actually eating some solid food, but I don't know whether or not she will consider getting up earlier to do that. I don't want to start going to separate Masses, but once in a while I would like to have a Mass experience that I didn't have to offer up as personal suffering.
What I need is for someone to give me a quick kick in the zadnitsa and tell me to straighten up. Any volunteers?