I’m on my period. Since I’m a female of child-bearing age, that’s not a shock. But I don’t remember it being this bad when I was younger. Last night I felt like my head was being pried open. Today I feel like an overripe tomato. I’ve eaten either soup or high-fiber cereal today.
That’s peri menopause for you. Every month from now until I run dry will be an adventure.
Take last month for example: the smell of Tyson chicken nuggets and patties make me run from the room.
And this month: thanks to a lack of hormones my gums are receding, exposing nerves. The first time I tried to eat ice cream I felt like somebody shoved a fork between my teeth. Fortunately Sensodyne makes something for that. And I don’t need to eat that much ice cream anyway.
For the last few months I’ve experienced hot flashes. It’s like being thrown onto a BBQ pit. And pulled off, and thrown on again. You get the picture. Not pleasant.
Emotionally speaking, the other day was the worst. After a tense couple of days dealing with our daughter, my nerves couldn’t take it anymore. Hormones overpowered the Prozac in my system and I bawled openly. It’s been two years since I’ve cried.
What can I do? At most, be patient with myself. Don’t eat if I’m not hungry. Don’t buy Tyson chicken products anymore. Stay away from salty foods to combat the bloated feeling. Snuggle when I need it. Same for naps. Keep track of the periods.