Crazy Lady Hormones and AVM
This weeks “Today’s Lunch” has been postponed until next week.
This post is going to be exactly what you imagine it will be. So, if you are a guy (not sure I have many male followers to worry about) but if you’re still reading, strap yourself in!
My periods started at the usual time as most girls in my early teens. What we never realised is that those special blue pills that stop us killing men? (commonly known as Naprogesic) are blood thinners.
You add ½ a dozen of those, every month. Something probably happened more often than I realised, but didn’t realise exactly what, it meant was that in a perfect storm I was probably lucky I didn’t have a stroke.
One morning not long before my diagnosis I recall a bitterly cold morning, getting up to go to work. Conveniently a day Aunt Irma (IT Crowd reference) was coming to visit.
I conveniently had to wash my hair that morning and being so cold I made sure I had it hot.
Turns out water also makes your blood thin. When I had more blood in and around my brain, than normal I would get dizzy and I mean I was dizzy, I recall drying my hair a little with a towel and putting it up (in a bun that I still wear as my style) I recall drying and putting pyjamas back on, setting my alarm and going back to bed to sleep it off. I woke a few hours later to restart my day.
When I was finally diagnosed, I was told emphatically NO MORE BLOOD THINNERS!
After several years on and off the steroids (Dexamethazone) for brain swelling, sometimes my period just didn’t come for 6 months or more.
About 4 years ago, I actually went on the pill, because once a month I was an emotional mess. Rather than the previous five months, I just wanted to kill someone. I traded up to a whole day where EVERYTHING upset me EVERYTHING MADE ME CRY.
Get up, get undressed, cry! Get in the shower, cry! Get out of the shower, cry! Get the point?
Not let Helen take her second coffee in the cinema when she’d previously taken her first coffee in. Cry!
Have I mentioned, you don’t mess with me and coffee? No seriously!
About a year ago, I came off the pill to find out if I was menopausal. Yeah, that word. I was only 43 years old and no I wasn’t and still am not, to my knowledge.
Turns out it was probably a good thing I didn’t meet my soul mate (yeah, I believe in that crap!) because I might have wanted children. I always imagined I would, but if it had I might not be here at all.
When you’re pregnant ladies. (presuming only the ladies kept reading) your bodies blood volume doubles. My AVM would not have coped. If my child had made it (there has been no child) I might not have made it.
So, babies, right? Not for everyone.
Privilege not a right.
Anyway, a lot of background to get to my point!
Had a bit of a tummy ache this week. Would have been mistaken to think it was Aunt Irma and except she visited last week for all of about 12 minutes. Felt that way anyway. Think I sneezed a few times and it was over.
Meanwhile the app on my phone last week had told me, it was due in six days, on the 2nd February, 2017 and its currently early October.
Don’t know when you’ll be reading this but my point ABI/AVM/Crazy Lady hormones.
Not happy Jan.
Oh, and with the no blood thinners, it’s hard, I just upgrade to Opiates – Oxy Norm!