Period blog, Feb 2017

Period blog Feb 2017

Look away people of delicate sensibilities; for the time is once again upon us to be educated. Educated in the wonderful world of…menstruation. For those of you that were unaware of this beautiful and natural phenomenon…it fuckin’ sucks!

So once again I’m not on time. I was due to start on Saturday the 28th but low and behold, still nothing come Monday. I have to say I’ve had pretty bad PMS this cycle. Been extremely moody the last few days and really have to apologise to anyone that has been in contact with me. I’ve probably sounded a bit mental. Other than moods I’ve been achy and to be honest, a little bunged up. Not a pleasant few days. Bloating, aching and farting on top of being a bit all over the place emotionally. Not had PMS this bad in quite a while.

On the plus side, I have been taking, Magnesium (395g), Vitamin C & Zinc (Boots drink), and Vitamin D, for the past month and this is my first cycle where it had a chance to enter my system. Might not make a difference for a few months but I’m hoping for less cramping.

Six days after I was due to start I think Aunt Flo is finally here. Now cramping yet, but I’ve been feeling a bit achy for the last few days, almost like a pulled muscle ache. If I move wrong I feel slight cramps but when I relax they go away. A little strange but not bad and I’ve still been able to go about my daily business without any problems. I have had a bit of spotting today so I expect to fully start overnight tonight. That will be when the cramps and runs usually hit so fingers crossed that they don’t come. On the plus side, its Saturday tomorrow so I have time to wallow in pain and self-pity.

Wow, so the cramps certainly did show up. I woke up feeling a bit crampy but not too bad, thought I could do without painkillers and just cuddle my hot water bottle. Unfortunately, the cramps became worse and I took my ibuprofen, just not in time. I was completely crippled, couldn’t move or think and the cramps then set off my stomach making me need the toilet. I made it to the bathroom only to collapse once I was there. It was terrifying. I couldn’t move and I had nobody to contact for help, had even left me phone by my bed so I couldn’t call anyone. I had a panic attack which didn’t help my pain and I very nearly passed out but not sure that I did. It took me almost half an hour before I could move from the bathroom floor where I then collapsed onto my bed in agony. At this point I did pass out and woke up an hour later. Thankfully, if I didn’t move, the painkillers were working at this point so I managed to get a small bowl of cereal in order to get something in my stomach. I spent the entire day in bed as I was shaking and dizzy and generally felt crap. I really need to go to the doctors about this, it’s happened twice now and really isn’t pleasant.

On day two I still feel a bit shaky and have taken some more tablets to keep the cramps at bay but not nearly as bad as I was yesterday. I haven’t eaten much and food doesn’t taste very good at the minute as my stomach doesn’t want any. I’m drinking plenty of water though. Plus, side of things is that I’m really not heavy so far. I go heavy for about half an hour and then light for a few hours. It’s not bad to be honest now that the cramps are settling. I still feel shaky and haven’t been able to do much but I’m hoping that has passed so I can get back to classes tomorrow. I have a deadline soon and haven’t got time for feeling rubbish.

The third day wasn’t too bad, I have three two hour lectures on a Monday so that caused a few issues for me. I felt a bit queasy all morning and started cramping a bit by lunch time so I took some painkillers then, but only the two tablets all day. I was a bit too achy to make my third lecture, which I could have struggled through but decided I’d rather not risk ending up like I had been on the Saturday. The painkillers worked pretty well for the afternoon and my hot water bottle cured the rest. So an uneventful day really, fairly light for this part of my cycle which is the same as last month. Maybe I am lightening a little? Who knows.

The fourth day lead to my heaviest day so far. I think it may be because I’ve been on my feet quite a bit today so all the walking might have got the juices flowing so to speak. No cramps! Which was fantastic, a bit of back ache but it was laundry day so that was expected. I’ve not been overly queasy and managed a pizza, so my stomach is fairly content at the minute. Still not as heavy as usual, I used to be changing pads every hour, now its every 4-5 which is brilliant.

For some reason, even after I spent all day yesterday cleaning and doing laundry, my body wasn’t quite ready to sleep. I drifted off around 6am this morning and woke up at lunchtime. I’m barely spotting now so think things are coming to an end, I’m hoping the achy body is from the lack of sleep and being uncomfortable all night rather than an illness, again. I’ve not been crampy today and my headache hasn’t hit like it has been for the last few months. Hopefully, it’ll leave me alone after the crappy start to this cycle. I am a little queasy and my stomach is a bit off, but again I think it’s my body settling down after a rough period. I’m going to risk only wearing liners today, not going out so at least there won’t be any embarrassment if things pick up again.

It’s over, no spotting what so ever, still feel a bit achy and dizzy so I’m assuming I have a bit of a bug but other than that I’m okay. Getting a bit of a headache though, I swear I feel worse as I’m coming off my period then when I’m coming on. Oh well, another month over. Sorry but the picture doesn’t include all the pads worn this month, still need to do another load of laundry.

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Thanks, as always for reading!

Charlotte

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Not a hypochodriac…unless that needs a GP visit?

I’ve decided to do a bit of a health post. Not a rambling about my health or anything like that, unless you want me to. More a feedback on things I have been trying recently and letting you guys know how I got on, post.

First things first I had a lot of different illnesses throughout April, one cold or virus after another because I was a bit stressed over deadlines and other things happening at the time. So when I arrived home from University I decided I was sick of being ill and needed to boost my immune system. Give it a helping hand as it were. I’m pretty sure the staff at Holland and Barrett’s saw me coming as I left with 4 different types of vitamins and minerals. I bought coconut oil capsules because I kept getting dry skin and had heard they were good for skin and hair so why not. I bought Calcium, Zinc and Magnesium capsules because I’d heard Magnesium was good for menstrual cramps and headaches and I figured extra calcium wouldn’t hurt because I’ve broken a lot of bones in the past and they can ache sometimes. I bought the Cod Liver Oil capsules which my Grandma always used to shake her head at and tell me to take it on a teaspoon like she had to back in the day, no thank you! That’s gross. Finally I bought the ‘Alive’ vitamins that promote ‘Women’s Energy’ figured, I’m a women and I need energy so I’ll try them out. As you can imagine I spent a little bit of money but it was the penny deal so not as much as it should have been.

I’ll start with the coconut oil capsules, I’ve been taking them for a bit over a month now and haven’t noticed any difference in the health of my skin or my hair. I personally don’t recommend them at all. I do however recommend coconut oil in its natural form, i.e. a jar of coconut oil. I bought some from my local health food shop ‘Robinson’s’ for £1.60 which was a lot cheaper than the £7-8 or so that Holland and Barrett’s wanted for it. I’ve used it all over my body and my skin feels amazing, my hands are still a little dry so I’m thinking of trying it as a soak rather than just applying it to them directly and see if that works. I used it as a replacement for my conditioner as it’s supposed to help with dandruff, I have very think hair so I always have problems but it does work as far as I’ve noticed. I don’t think I’ll continue to use it though as it makes my hair feel really greasy and clumpy, also the overpowering smell of coconut made me feel a bit queasy. So yeah, great for the skin but maybe just a once a month or so on the hair?

IMG_1169The calcium, zinc and magnesium capsules haven’t really been tested as I haven’t had a proper menstrual cycle since I started taking them. I came off on my pill which always messes everything up anyways so these will have to be tested over a few months. Headache wise, they suck. I keep having a lot of mild headaches that are making me feel queasy. Thankfully not migraine level yet, but so far not noticed any improvements. Might try feverfew capsules in the future, they’re supposed to be good for headache prevention. On the plus side, my pee is florescent! It’s brilliant! Yes I’ a child that easily amused but weird coloured urine. Seriously for the first few hours after taking them, my pee practically glows in the dark. I may have to continue taking these forever just for this reason!

The ‘Alive’ capsules have just blended in with all the rest if I’m honest. I won’t buy anymore when they’re finished as I bought them more as a supplement for things I’d been lacking in my University diet. Since I’m back home now I should be getting the nutrients I need through actual food and not a capsule. These combined with the olive oil do seemed to have worked in reducing the amount of colds and bugs I’ve picked up, but that could just be the change in routine and stress levels. If, once I stop taking them I start getting ill again, I’ll get some more. If that does happen though, I’ll be looking at my diet to see what I can change there.

Okidokie, so that’s my health/vitamin update. My recommendations from this, Olive oil capsules, coconut oil for the skin, and magnesium for glow in the dark (not really) pee.

If I change anything, I’ll make sure to let you know!

Charlotte x