Last night my 7 (almost 8) year old daughter came barging into the bathroom because, as most moms know, bathroom privacy is a luxury that we are rarely afforded.
She sees the blood and says “NO! Mommy you can’t get your period! Make it go away!” She then asked, “If you aren’t having any more kids, why can’t you make your period stop?” I explain to her that while I wish I could make it stop, it’s just not possible. I then thought to myself, Oh, how I wish there were some magic button I could press that would pause or even eradicate my period for good.
It’s my daughter’s birthday this weekend and I have been looking forward to it for a while now. Birthdays are kind of a big deal to me. I planned a weekend full of fun so getting my period right now just plain sucks. My periods come with agonizing pain, dizziness, serious mood shifts, and a hell of a lot of blood loss. I suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). The word suffer is actually a really mild way of putting it. Anyone who has PCOS knows what I mean. There is no rhyme or reason to it either. Sometimes it will skip a month, sometimes it will skip 5 months, and sometimes it will hang on for two months straight. It’s unpredictable and makes life a lot less enjoyable.
All I want is comfort right now. What I wouldn’t give for my heating pad, bed, chocolate, and endless hours of binge watching reality TV.
Instead I will commute almost 4 hours to and from work, make dinner, help with homework, have some mommy/daughter time, clean, and get the house ready for her birthday weekend. Powering through this is something I have learned to do. Like most women, I don’t really have a choice. Thank god for aspirin and coffee.