March 10th, 2006


In the rear view mirror

Saw this on ecauldron, apparently it's being passed around. Makes me so glad I am leaving these days behind!

Dear Kotex,
I recently noticed that the peel-off strip of my pantiliner had a bunch of "Kotex Tips for Life" on it. Annoying advice such as:
- Staying active during your period can relieve cramps.
- Avoiding caffeine may help reduce cramps and headaches.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to keep you hydrated and feeling fresh.
- Try Kotex blah blah blah other products
Obviously the person behind this was someone who has never possessed a functioning set of ovaries.
Go ahead and tell a menstruating woman TO HER FACE that drinking 6-8 glasses of water will help keep her feeling fresh. See what happens and report back. I'll wait.
While you're at it, dump out the coffee at work and remove the chocolate from the vending machine. I guaran-damn-tee that the first responders will be females who just ovulated.
Look, females don't need or want tips for living on feminine hygiene products. Younger girls are already hearing "helpful" crap like that from their elderly relatives. Veteran females have already concocted their own recipes for survival, many containing alcohol.
Printing out shit advice while sneaking in ads for the brand THAT WAS ALREADY PURCHASED is just plain annoying, not to mention rude and enough to send a girl running to the Always brand.
Mostly we'd like to forget that we even need these products. It's not a fun time, but DO NOT try to cheer us up by adding smiley faces or bunnies or flowery cutesy crap to your products or the packaging. Put the shit in a plain brown wrapper so we can throw it in our carts discreetly and have it blend in among the wine and beer. There is nothing more annoying than having a blinding pink package announcing your uterine state to everyone in the store.
The ultimate goal of your product should be functional invisibility at every stage, including at the point of purchase.
So take your tips for living and shove them right up your ass.
(Try drinking six to eight glasses of water to make you feel fresher while you're doing it!)
Ovarily Yours
Miss PMS

I'm thinking of having a beach fire when I feel better and burning my old stained underwear along with a representative tampon and pad.

Feeling pretty good today after my pain meds. Got up after they'd worn off so that was a bit of a low point but they kicked in soon enough. And it is so worth every little bit of pain to get rid of this monthly process that caused so much disruption to my life.

Interesting tidbit--they insisted on doing a pregnancy test at the Catholic hospital I had the hysterectomy at even though I had a tubal ligation a decade ago that's presumably been working well for me for all that time. I guess they would have stopped the procedure if it had come up positive, even though it would have been very early in the pregnancy. (rolls eyes) Whatever.

My new Kuan Yin

When I got home from the hospital my wonderful husband, daveseeker, had a gift for me--a beautiful large Kuan Yin similar to the one I had inherited from my mom. I had been admiring Her in a local store while he was with me, and he later read online that I wished I could have bought Her. I wasn't expecting any gifts and so he completely surprised me.

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I am so lucky to have such a thoughtful husband, and he's been such an angel around the house and helping me out through this.

I took pics of my altar with me to the hospital printed out on regular paper and taped them to the thick plastic accordion style divider between rooms, right above my bed. It was such a comfort to look over at these pictures from home whenever I wasn't feeling good or was worried about something.

Studies show if patients can relax, reduce their stress, and have positive visualizations of the outcome they will heal better. I firmly believe this.