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26 April 2015 @ 11:10 pm
Just when I thought my periods might be over for good, I got surprised last Thursday-- after 4 months off the pill and no evidence of needing to take it anymore. That was followed by a wardrobe emergency on Friday. What felt like a gush of fluid as I stood up, and which I tried to reminagine as possibly being air, was just what I'd feared. THAT's never happened before. Good thing I was wearing what I did-- a combination shorts/skirt thing (skirt on the outside, shorts underneath) that concealed the damage pretty well. I had to change, and then pack up and rush home for the rest of the day. I had gym shorts at my desk (among several kinds of exercise clothes, for ultimate flexibility in case I forget something... or that random day the air-conditioning shuts down).

I have never in my life had a 2-hour time-limit on a tampon, so I was wholly unprepared for this to happen. Holy moly. I've been on a long-cycle mini-pill for a couple of years, and what with the random sweating and such, I decded around Xmas that I need to stop masking potential menopause. If this is the result, I may go back on the pill again!

The long-cycle pill has helped reduce the side-effects of hormone shifts, including the every-4-week return of massive hunger/cravings, and blood-pressure roulette. :( When I was younger and not on the pill, I'd get salt cravings so bad I would eat Fritos until my mouth puckered. I tried to resist, to avoid the salt/water-retention issue, but then I felt dizzy and awful in other ways. I didn't grasp the big picture until I was at the doctor's on one of those random-dizziness days, and the nurse was having such trouble reading my blood pressure that she asked me to stand up. It was in that 88/58 range, where you feel tired and draggy and crappy (regardless of how much doctors like those numbers). That was when I realized that the Fritos/etc. were a form of self-medicating.

This weekend, during which I slept in and still had to haul myself out of bed and struggle to wake up both days... brought all those feelings and memories back. :(

After I got home on Friday, I spent about two hours dithering over whether to bicycle outside given the amount of wind. I finally remembered that biking on windy days is only dangerous near my office (where a gust can push me toward a ditch or into traffic). On the bike path near the house? It's mostly just annoying. So, I went out. At one point, I saw a lizard zipping across the pavement. I used to see LOTs of them, back before the egret and turkey population exploded. Now? I think they're losing the Food Chain war.

I ran most of my 5 miles on Saturday, though I may lose that 5th mile as we move toward summer. I'd hate to drop back, but I overheat so easily. Afterwards, I did yardwork in which I finally planted the bulbs I've been meaning to get to for the last 3-4 weeks. All but one of the tulips had disintegrated or shriveled in the years since I bought them, and the irises were too damp, so the results may be unimpressive.

I finished the "meh" Lisa Scottoline book and am halfway through the Fforde's third book in his YA series. I started a Pratchett novel that I may not stay with (Fantasy is an iffy genre for me), and hope to finish that gym book soon so I can start another. It has been less that gripping, let me say.

Our son's English teacher is following a long tradition of making students hate good books. To combat the rise in Spark Notes/etc. (we think?), this teacher likes to give quizzes where many of the questions involve irrelevant details. Such as, the date of a newspaper mentioned in passing that had no significant bearing on the characters or plot. The result is that, even with reading the books 3-4 times, our son sometimes does no better on the quizzes than the kids who only read the Spark Notes and not the books. Everyone understands the meaningful parts of the story/construct/characters, but the random questions are TOO random. Gah. As with most of these, our son thought the current book was pretty good, but he'll be hating it after a few more readthroughs...

We watched The Hundred Foot Journey this weekend. Sweet movie, beautiful scenery, lovely cast.

I did NOT manage to repair the catnip bat, whose stuffing is bursting out the bottom because somebody shredded the seams with her little teeth. Unless the to-be-fixed item is next to the sofa, I'll tend to forget about it. And since the cat sleeps on the sofa, I can't put the bat within reach. It's been sidelined for months now.

All right. Monday's coming, and this week had better be less hectic than the last one. I still have drabbles to finish!

Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on April 27th, 2015 07:04 am (UTC)
I am going through the same thing. 6 months, no period, then I have it. 4 months with no period, then I have one that feels like 4 months' worth combined. Cramps, massive bleeding, serious irritableness. I just want to be done!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 27th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
I totally thought of you when this happened, because you'd mentioned that after-6-months resumation. The quantity was the real surprise. I've heard of the double-tampon trick, but never actually used it. What a shock!

The rest is mostly just the random sweating, which at least is not "Yikes, turn the furnace off!" or the more extreme symptoms a lot of women go through. Let's hope it stays that way!
ecosopherecosopher on April 27th, 2015 07:32 am (UTC)
Ugh, that sounds awful. I'm so sorry. Apart from the pleasant side effect of not being able to get pregnant any longer, I'm not looking forward to menopause (not to mention that you still have to be careful while you're in the throes of it!)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 27th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
I thought I might be in the clear for longer, but recently learned that my mother went through this at age 54, not 58. I'm 51, and even my younger sister is having symptoms, so...

At least it didn't happen in my early 40s, or sooner!
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on April 27th, 2015 09:57 am (UTC)
god, all I can do is empathise >_< I get really heavy periods - somewhere between day 2 and 4, and it isn't always the same :-/ glad you could go home.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 27th, 2015 05:08 pm (UTC)
I've used the 'regular' my entire life, and sometimes thought about going down a notch. This was SO unexpected!
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on April 27th, 2015 11:09 am (UTC)
Oh god I remember having those random gushers :p They suddenly tapered off, though, and everything went the other way. Sometimes it was so light that I'd be fine with just a mini pad. It also went from five to three to two days. Thy thyroidectomy spurned my menopause for real...had no hot flashes, no more discharge, nothing. From what others have gone/go through, I'm thankful.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 27th, 2015 05:12 pm (UTC)
Ack, I see you've been through this. Did it ever happen before? I've heard the occastional woman talk about this (younger women), and thought, "Huh. How does that happen?"

The sweating is really annoying. I couldn't wear even long-sleeved shirts at work this winter, and it's so warm now that we've moved upstairs that I had to invest in short skirts in February to cope with it. Granted, that was when spring started here, but still. Good thing I work in a casual-dress environment.
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on April 28th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC)
It would happen, I don't know, maybe 2-3 times a year once I hit my late 30s? The other thing was that I was always fairly regular and my cycle decided to go haywire. All the impending signs -- the cramping, the aching breasts, the OMGHATESTABKILL emotions -- dwindled to the extent that I had no idea when or if it'd show up. There were quite a few times I was caught by surprise without being prepared. It got to the point where I had a box of Tampax in the car "just in case". Did I ever use them? Of course not...because I wouldn't be anywhere near the car when it happened.

Ah, the joys of perimenopause :p
the middle of the road's fine with no cars aroundnoodledays on April 27th, 2015 03:04 pm (UTC)
overheating/hot flashes suck. :(

boo to that English teacher! - what an awful way to quiz.

I saw "The Hundred Foot Journey" with my daughter, and we both loved it.

Edited at 2015-04-27 03:06 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 27th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
It's nice to at least have enough women on my f-list of a similar age that I'm not the only one going through this (or who has gone through it).

Our son is going to wind up like me (and several of the other engineers I work with): love to read, hate to be forced to read books you don't enjoy (and worse yet, pontificate upon them), and will avoid required English classes like the plague. It's quite a large subset of people-- all have terrific language and writing skills and a huge enjoyment of reading, but hated English class.

Whereas my husband (the English major in college) has no understanding of the hatred of "reading a book you don't want to read." ;)

We somehow thought OUR daughter would enjoy that movie, but she insisted on watching the White House Press Correspondents' Dinner live (even though we were recording it), and only saw the last 20 minutes. :O
Maz (or foxxy!)tuesdaeschild on April 27th, 2015 05:18 pm (UTC)
Those pesky periods! Just when you think you're in the clear...you're not! *hugs you*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 27th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
It would be nice if it were just "over" rather than going into randomization mode.

Though that's kind of how it started at the other end, too, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised?

Still, ugh! *hugs*
Maz (or foxxy!)tuesdaeschild on April 27th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
Take it from me that it ends as it starts. :( I hope you go through it as relatively unscathed as I did though. :)

Poldark finished over here last night but the good news is there will be more next year! I hear you should get it around mid-June so if you're watching I hope you enjoy it...I did! Oh yes!
cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on April 27th, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
surprise!period, ugh. that really sucks. altho now i want fritos. >.<

that english teacher has kind of an obnoxious way to make sure kids are actually reading the books. who makes note of all the random details? hmph.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 27th, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC)
I love Fritos, and never eat them anymore. But damn, they are powerfully good.

The English teacher is trying to verify that everyone has read the book, but by picking such random and unimportant details... the kids who HAVE read the book still miss the same questions. That's ridiculous. :( And our son has a near-eidetic memory, so you can imagine how this goes for most kids. :O
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on April 28th, 2015 01:32 am (UTC)
We loved 100-Foot Journey too! AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 28th, 2015 02:36 am (UTC)
I wish the movie had shown a little more of the village, but it sure made me want to visit the Pyrenees-- in a way that other movies (that show the dryer areas) never have!
realpestilencerealpestilence on April 28th, 2015 08:44 am (UTC)
That used to happen to my mom, when she was going through it. My own situation is complicated by a fibroid and adenomyosis (a form of endometriosis), so it's hard to say sometimes just what the heck is going on in there.

Hundred Foot Journey was a charming movie. Great ensemble cast, beautiful scenery, interesting story, and leaves you feeling good.

and I understand completely about the loving to read/hating English classes problem! By the time I got through my senior year, I never wanted to read another godammned "classic" again-so there's a lot of them I haven't, just because of that repulsion. I'm sure there's some I'd enjoy.

Edited at 2015-04-28 08:45 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 28th, 2015 05:03 pm (UTC)
I skipped my Senior year of high school, so I missed some of the ordeal on required reading for English. Though I took an honors course in 9th grade that brought a bunch of them in, and the college honors course dragged in others.

I never hit "To Kill a Mockingbird" in English, so I read that later and loved it. "Pride and Prejudice" was one I read for the heck of it about 2 years ago, figuring that I'd like all 3 movie versions I'd seen, so it probably wouldn't kill me. I enjoyed that, too.

But I am _so_ glad "Grapes of Wrath" never came up. :O
realpestilencerealpestilence on April 29th, 2015 01:52 am (UTC)
I almost failed my senior AP English class, because that was the year they made it mandatory to do a thesis report. I'd chosen Siddhartha and was having hell's own time finding any materials for my bibliography-Hesse isn't exactly a hot author (though the book as I remember it was actually pretty interesting...and very short, ha). I was making A's, but the thesis counted for the majority of the final grade. By then, I didn't CARE. But I got it together and turned it in.

I will never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever read Heart of Darkness again!

bebeascarpetta on May 2nd, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
I really feel for you and that "wardrobe malfunction" of yours.I would have died there and then.
I'm truly sorry your son has to put up with that kind of tests(and that species of English teacher I thought had died out after my graduation). Both should be forbidded by law.

Edited at 2015-05-02 05:31 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, I don't think the wardrobe situation was noticeable to anyone else, as there was just a small, suspicious blot farther down the skirt. The sudden change into gym shorts, after the stragetically draped sweater on the way to the bathroom? Probably only women would have decoded that, I hope!

Everyone seems to hit the horrific English teacher at some point. One of my son's prior versions was in 8th grade, where they spent six weeks on "To Kill A Mockingbird." This mostly seemed to be because the teacher did not actually want to work very hard at anything, so there were a lot of individual presentations/etc. that took up tons of class time and bored the snot out of the kids very quickly. Ugh.

Nice to see you around here! How are you doing?