Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Male Readers Beware

I wish there was a cure for PMS. I really do. And I can say that on here because most of my readers are girls and I know they sympathize with me. I wish that I could read a sweet story without getting choked up or watch Monsters, Inc. without tearing at the very end. It gets pretty ridiculous at times. I tell myself, "It's really not that sad or touching," but then end up fighting back eye mist.

I also wish I could stop the dull headache and back pain. Oh, and the knee pain, too. I generally ache all over with PMS. I didn't take any ibuprofen today and I'm feeling the effects of it. Hopefully some sleep will ease my pain a little bit.

I could definitely do without the monthly zit erruptions. I mean, seriously? Why does my face hate me every four weeks? I didn't fight it today. I didn't take a shower this morning and went for over 12 hours without washing my face. I let the acne win.

I typed "PMS" into Wikipedia and the results were pretty hysterical. I personally loved the list of possible symptoms. It explained that "extreme tearfulness" was one of the symptoms, and I guess that explains the inability to watch children's movies during that-time-of-the-month. I never thought that my PMS was that bad until I realized that I experience most of the symptoms listed. And there are 19. I guess my symptoms are much milder than most womens'.

The fact that Wikipedia explains that it's not normal to diagnose PMS with lab tests or physical findings. makes me laugh. Haha. I think normal diagnosis should be a simple yes or no question: Are you a woman? Obviously, an answer of "yes" would immediately diagnose the person as capable of suffering from this wonderful disease.

Wikipedia lists a few treatments for PMS but honest, I think it's best to take ibuprofen if you really need it and just tough it out. I tried taking a little walk this morning to help with the cramping, but it didn't do much.

If this whole post is too much information, then you're really just going to have to deal with it. If you're a girl, you know what I'm talking about. If you're a boy, well, you'll probably be married to a girl one day who will of course suffer from PMS and you'll have to get used to the mood swings, tears, complaining about bloating and [seemily] unexplained depression.

Sorry, but since I have PMS, I don't have a lot of sympathy right now. :)


*Little side note: I really don't have bad PMS. I know girls who have it way worse, and I can't complain.


-Erin said...

OH man Katie. I was laughing through most of your post because just today I was thinking the SAME THING! I get the same all over pains too where you don't even want to walk because your legs hurt so bad! And...I was super tearful last week! It was almost funny after a while! Your other options in controlling severe PMS pains isn't much better because if you're like me...you get anxiety attacks in the middle of the night, and you think guys are icky. Not such a great alternative! :(

Anonymous said...

You make me giggle! I hate PMS and I get it so bad. I think Rusty can tell when I do because I'll ask him for some Advil or something and he'll try and be sweet and say, "What's wrong? Are you ok? Does your head hurt?" and i'll snap back and say, "Can you just get me some Advil please..." Oh hormones. The things we do for our future offspring.

Austin Cox said...

I don't know what you are talking about? My PMS isn't bad at all. I can't think of the last time I had any symptoms at all! But seriously, you must hide it all pretty well because you always seem to be ok to me. I am amazed by how little it affects you and I can't think of any time where I have suffered due to mood swings, etc. But like I said, maybe you are just a good hider.