Monday, July 23, 2012
PMS - Pray for my Husband
When I was in High School, PMS consisted of at least one day of insanely horrible, doubled over or curled up in bed, cramps. They were truly awful. I think my body has realized that I don't have the "luxury" of being able to lay around in pain for a day now that I have 4 kids . . . so it has decided on another form of torture to tip me off that my period is coming.
Instead of cramps I now have the following symptoms:
1) I feel like cleaning . . . everything. It's almost like I'm nesting it gets so bad. I do not enjoy cleaning any other time of the month. Yesterday, I spent the ENTIRE day cleaning out my bedroom and the kids rooms. I am excited that all of the clothes in this house are now organized . . . but my body hates me for all of the sitting on the floor, climbing, bending, folding and other crazy things I did yesterday. I am SORE!
2) I suddenly know everything and realize that my husband knows nothing - okay, not entirely true (my husband is actually a pretty smart guy, sometimes) but it feels like it. It seems like every word out of his mouth is stupid when I have PMS. I actually have questioned whether he saves his stupidity for when I have this super PMS power of know-it-allness or if he does it just to irk me more. I'm hoping he isn't really stupid and I only see it with my once-a-month "gift". (Love you, sweetheart!)
3) I become more of an insomniac - I haven't been sleeping well to begin with but when I have PMS I tend to just lay in bed and think about all of the things I should be cleaning or all of the stupid things my husband said that day . . . and I get irritated. I get edgy and annoyed and that makes it even more difficult for me to fall asleep! Of course, that also means I'm exhausted in the morning and feel like cleaning. That makes me crabby and irritated, too.
4) I tend to have a much shorter fuse the 2 days (or so) that I have PMS - I have less patience with EVERYONE. My kids tend to get me annoyed faster, I have to avoid Facebook because I have an urge to post nothing but sarcastic and confrontational comments and I try to stay off the phone because I'm pretty sure you can hear the irritation in my voice as soon as I say hello. People have asked me what they did to tick me off before we even start a conversation when they call.
The worst part is that I KNOW that these are the symptoms I get with PMS now and I still can't stop them from happening. I've also been know to cry at the drop of the hat or feel extremely overwhelmed and trapped. I actually warned my husband on Saturday that I felt PMS coming and he left the house for the day with 2 of the 3 kids that were here. I'd admit that it was a smart move if I didn't currently have the PMS power to see that he doesn't know what the heck he's doing most of the time.
What about you? Do you have any non-physical PMS symptoms that you know are PMS but you can't stop? Any suggestions on what I can do to help alleviate these symptoms? My husband would thank you (my kids, too, I'm sure!).