It was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this past weekend. I’ve got a busy few months coming up so I thought it would be a good idea to fit a period in during the four days off work. These days, I try not to risk having time off work because of my pain. I therefore organise my periods during long weekends to save needing to use a sick day.
So, I’ve got everything organised, now all my body had to do was cooperate. I took the last birth control tablet on the Friday morning and waited. Saturday came and went without incident. Sunday came and went without incident. Monday I was finally feeling a bit like it could happen and that night I started. So of the four day weekend where I wanted to have my period and get it over with, I didn’t start until 2½ days in. How can I possibly organise my life around my period when my body doesn’t cooperate??
As always, it’s pretty bad. I’m taking Mefenamic Acid and a paracetamol/codeine mix during the day. Strangely, I rarely have problems during the night. But, having said that, because the pain is so bad during the day, I think I deserve some sort of respite at night!
Well, when I say I don’t have problems at night, that doesn’t include last night. My pain woke me up before 5:00 this morning. I got up, ate a hard-boiled egg and knocked back my tablets before crawling back to bed. I didn’t think I’d manage to drift off again but soon I was dreaming my usual strange dreams. This week I have a car parking space at work (which is very unusual) so I took the opportunity and got a bit of extra sleep before I rolled out of bed and down the hill into work. I think I might have called in sick had I not been able to use the car today – that’s how bad I felt this morning. Although I was taking it easy all day, I did feel uncomfortable. There were moments where I just had to sit with my head on the desk and try not to cry but then the tablets would kick in again and I’d feel a little better.
I hope this will be my very last period! I’m on the waiting list for a hysterectomy and should be given a date in August. If the date for my surgery happens in early to mid August I probably won’t try to squeeze in another period. However, if it looks more like end of August or September, I’ll probably have to give my body some sort of period break to prevent how bad I felt before Christmas. Christmas was the last time I stretched out the time I had between periods: I was trying not to have a sick day and knew I could give my body a period in just a few day’s time. In the end, I had a lot of spotting and was in constant pain. I managed to make it to Christmas but had a terrible Christmas holiday because my body was keen to punish me for making it wait so long to have a period.
I felt bad this weekend because of my period but also because I have thrush again. I thought I’d sorted this out a couple of weeks ago but it’s come back. So I’m in pain and thoroughly irritated! Not a good combination! I don’t know what I hate more – thrush infection or paying for the treatments. It’s £8.99 per pessary and I cannot take the oral tablets because it turns out I’m allergic to it. Grrrrr.