Stress….the Ugly Side of Life…Part I
Some are aware of the stress our family has been undergoing….others are not…..I have a bipolar mother-in-law……need I say more.
Stress can do strange things to a person…..loss of sleep,appetite,make one edgy, cranky and hair loss….I am loosing my hair, strand by strand. So I joined the Long Hair Community to hopefully stem that problem. They are an informative bunch of people who are very serious about their hair. Worth checking out…..If you are interested and there are men on that board who happen to like long hair also…..just so you know.
Stress can apparently extend a women’s cycle…..at least that is what my husband is thinking. I was leaning more towards the perimenopause issue but he says not…for some reason he thinks to know this (go figure, only a man would be brave or foolish enough to make such a statement)…It would fit with the hair loss but I am not experiencing any other symptom. Which doesn’t mean that isn’t my current problem though.
I am going into my fourth….not hour, not day but week…..my fourth week of cycle!!!I am not happy about this…..no I am not!!! Nor is my husband…wink, wink…:).
My daughter heard me discussing this and her face blanched…..she just looked at me with her eyes wide. Her only comment was in question form….”Four Weeks??!!”…..and it was rather squeaky at that…..:)
I have never had any discomfort….none of the normal pains that most women experience with this “blessing” that was bestowed upon us due to Adam and Eve’s sin…..It has only been in that last few years (read 2-3) that I have had any discomfort, but even that was only my right leg. My right knee would start to bug me……maybe a little lower back discomfort. I was given some very ugly looks at Lamaze Class when pregnant with Daughter over this issue. When the coach tells you labor is extremely hard menstrual cramps that won’t let up and I am looking at you like dear caught in the headlights…..hmm….I wasn’t looked upon with favor that day………
I don’t know what happened today…..actually it started yesterday, but I had a problem with my right hip. Today I hurt from the hips down….It was so painful when I tried to get up and walk I could barely move. My daughter told the boys to leave me alone….”Mommy isn’t feeling well. She has been on her monthly cycle for 4 weeks !!”
I’m sure you can imagine the looks I received from my two sons who are 9 and 11…….one was slightly confused….the other one figured it out after a minute or two….His comment was based on the amount of bathroom trash that he noticed over the past 3 weeks. All he could say was …”Oh that’s why the trash can is being emptied everyday….Okay.”
He and I inadvertently had this conversation on the way to Wally World one evening, just the two of us. He needed to talk…..mostly that conversation was concerned with when “he would get hair on his chest” but soon digressed to what are those little pouches in the bathroom……I very maturely explained using the terms from the “Grey’s Anatomy ” book and physical process we gals must go thru each month in order to eliminate iron and dead cells…..very basic. His reply was “Thank you…that was probably more information than I needed to know…..and as long as he gets hair on his chest the other doesn’t really impact him”
Boy does he have another thing coming………:)
Anyway….My husband and I were sitting here discussing this issue….He very adamant that this is all stress…..He reminds me that it is probably going to get worse before it gets better if it ever does. It was his next comment though that ……well….wasn’t appreciated to say the least!!!
“So….how do you feel about having a monthly for the next four months!!??”
My reply to such a foolish comment uttered by my husband…….?
“Someone will have to die and it isn’t going to be me…..”