Friday, February 23, 2007

Chaotic Meanderings Of A Wannabe Dreamer

How fitting when a random generator hits the nail on the head. Today's title has been brought to you by the Blog Title Generator. The only thing closer would be the Chaotic Meanderings of a Premenstrual Migraine Ravaged Bitch Queen. Yes, today is not going so well. I started spotting yesterday and I have the migraine this morning. Apparently no baby for us. Plus I didn't sleep very well last night because of work. I either stressed about work or had work related dreams. Man that pisses me off. I had such a wonderful several days off...the first day back in a row of five and I'm already a ball of stress, clenching my jaw and tight little shoulders. Bah, screw them.

Being that this wonderful time of month is imminent for me, I want to pass on some sisterly advice. I haven't bought a pad or tampon in over 3 years! Yep. Not a single one. I use a menstrual cup and they are the best things ever. BEST. THINGS. EVER!!! Personally I use the Diva cup but here is also the Keeper and the Moon cup. Check out the links. I will say I have horrible painful and heavy periods...or rather I did. It hasn't cured them completely but they are shorter and lighter. And the best part is that my chronic girly infections (UTI's and yeast) have stopped. I sound like an infomercial, don't I. Sorry but I can't help but feel the need to share this advice. I could go on and on about my feelings about how menstruation is portrayed and we are taken advantage of by the "feminine product" industry, but I won't. I'll spare you that. Here's a great book on it though, aptly titled The Curse. Here is also a fabulous essay by Gloria Steinem that I first read in college: If Men Could Menstruate. It really makes you think, then it really pisses you off. I think I'm in angry feminist mode today. Must be the subscription to BUST that Obsidian Kitten got me. (btw, got my first issue, love it!)

Anywho I also make my own pads. . This is where I got the idea. I've altered their instructions a bit. I've ditched the whole terry cloth idea and make mine all out of flannel. I'm mostly telling you all this because I'm about to make a new batch and I so have to show off the fabric. I couldn't resist this fabric. I may go back and buy more to make some jammies. I know it is pink but it balances that out with Princess Leia armed with one hell of a blaster. Here are the other two fabrics I have used in the past. The ones with the cats say "glamour puss". They are so comfortable and it helps when you feel crap and are leaking like a sieve to know you are armed with Princess Leia packing a blaster or Glamour Puss gear. I'm planning on some leopard print but I am having trouble finding that in flannel.
If you make your own just remember to buy regular 100% cotton flannel. NOT the stuff that is flame proofed for kids pajamas. We are trying to have less chemicals in our system. Not more.

I'm sure this whole post seems bizarre and messed up. You can can just chalk it up to being hormonal with a migraine on a lack of sleep if you like. Or just realize the freak in me is starting to show through.

6 comments:

omly said...

I also use the Diva cup, but I don't recommend the Keeper as much. Although I like the idea of the natural material in the Keeper, its non-sterilizable porous material meant a series of VIs. Not fun! The Diva cup is fully sterilizable though.

Mouse said...

Very interesting.. thanks for the advice! Someone else in blogland recently offered up the information on 'keepers' rather than tampons and I've been kicking the idea around.

Jean said...

How funny - I've been contemplating the Diva Cup or the Moon Cup the past couple of days! I'll probably go with the Diva, since I can get it locally. And that is a great pattern for a pad - I may have to use it once I invest in a cup!

roxtarchic said...

ok i LOVE the freak in you... specially cause ya make your own molly rags.. i just think that's the coolest thing... i recently purchased some organic cotton liners & pads... since i stopped the pill & i now REMEMBER what it was like to actually bleed... altho i'm not like i used to be (i guess my body's still adjusting to that)...
but i LOVE that you even THOUGHT to come an check us out y'know... really... you're just cooler than i can stand! hehe... have a good one & ream everyone necessary...

Jenny said...

Heh, heh. Molly rags. That's funny stuff. Miss u 2, glamour puss! My sewing class ends this week, so I'll see you next week. Yay!

Obsidian Kitten said...

you are the coolest! my periods are so light (i know, lucky me, but i'm out of commission with pms for about a week beforehand so it kinda all evens out) that i never tried the Diva cup--but a couple yrs ago i switched to Lunapads and lovelovelove them

i rly want some now with Princess Leia on them, it totally rocks that you make your own!

that's cool that your whole system is getting back to normal now re. infections and whatnot; i read that the natural flow of menstruation is actually a cleansing mechanism that's crucial to maintaining proper balance of the body's internal eco-system.

it kinda freaks me out that they have that pill now where you only get periods every three months or whatever--i'm sure they're eventually going to discover that this creates women's health problems down the line. one thing they never tell anyone about the pill is that it can supress your immune system; when i went off it i stopped getting colds, sinus infections and bronchitis--go figure

ok, off my soapbox now... =)

and oh yeah, i *still* have something to send you, you'd think i could get the wee lil thing in a box and off to the post office but NOOOO, i'm too busy lying on my heating pad moaning about the state of the world...