Sunday, March 26, 2006

Reclaiming My Body

Well, folks, I haven't posted much over the last week because life has consisted of little more than eating, sleeping, feeding, and changing -- not necessarily in that order. The only other things going on of interest are rather disgusting, and I wasn't going to share any of that. However, since there is nothing else to talk about, here you go...

Anyone who is jealous of my short labor should also know that it has caused my body to go into some sort of weird hormonal shock. I'm not suffering from Post-Partum Depression, but there are hormonal changes that are causing me to be a bit moody (going from crying to screaming in 0.2 seconds) and over-emotional (I see a baby picture of Athena and it makes me all weepy for the "old days" -- what? you mean a year and a half ago? wtf?). Also, my body has not regained all its normal function yet, and that is what makes me grumpiest of all.

Basically, you would think that labor + breastfeeding would be enough torture for Mother Nature and she would just leave me alone. But alas, she has once again farted in my general direction. She has determined that my entire bowel system should just shut down. Just stop working. No need to rid the body of toxins... just take it easy for a week.

You can imagine, this is causing me some great distress, not to mention discomfort. I've talked to the doctor. She has me on Senekot plus the Colase I was already taking in an effort to get things moving. No luck so far. And of course, this has caused the most dreaded of all dreadful pregnancy/post-pregnancy ailments... the "H" word. So I also have several pads and creams just so I can function. (Tell a nursing mom that she cannot sit or stand for very long... she should lie down as much as possible. See what she does. If you suffer any bodily injury doing this experiment, I take no responsibility. You were the one dumb enough to do what I suggested.)

So, here I sit, wildly uncomfortable and completely frustrated that despite the fact that the baby is outside of my body, my body is still acting all whiny and mean. Perhaps just by venting my frustrations here, for anyone to read, Mother Nature will be kind to me and wave my systems back into motion. But I'm going to go eat eggs just to help her along. Eggs ALWAYS work. If they don't work today, I may have to go to the ER, just to be sure all my parts are actually still there.

10 comments:

Bern said...

Hugsss!!!
Hope Mother Nature reads this and put you back into normal gear soon.
Will yoghurt help?

Jessey said...

I'm sure you're already trying apples. All that fiber, that's got to do something!
Because I had a C-section, the docs wouldn't let me leave the hospital until I, you know, made sure everything was working. So, fortunately I never had this problem. But I do take fiber capsules everyday now, just for good measure.

Good luck!

eaf said...

Well, I think the eggs did the trick. I did actually drink a big glass of apple juice with them, just in case. But let me tell you, I feel MUCH better. Still some healing to do, but at least now I know that Marcus didn't pull out part of my large intestine on the way down the womb luge.

Sophie said...

I was going to suggest a trip to Taco Bell.... heard their food provided "immediate" results. I've never been brave to actually try it, though.

Cathy said...

Yay! I'm happy to hear that things are beginning to move again. I feel your pain. Despite the fact that the books INSIST that constipation is not an inevitable fact of pregnancy, I have been stopped up since I stopped throwing up. I eat twigs and rocks (Kashi or Fiber One) for breakfast, and that seems to have helped a little.

eaf said...

It's not inevitable, but it does happen. Eating twigs and rocks sucks, but keep it up, because the "H" word is much worse. And unfortunately one does lead to the other...

Cathy said...

I've never known a woman who didn't have problems with the pipes after giving birth. I'm glad you've got it primed and pumping again cause it can be a whole body experience. Will cause a person to feel like hell.

Sorry about the "H" word problem also. No one can accuse you of being a perfect a$$hole anymore huh? Hopefully that problem will works itself out soon also.

Amy said...

god you said "H" word and I thought you meant hysterectomy. way to get a person worked up!

A Girl From Texas said...

The medication I take is called Dostinex and unfortunately constipation comes with it. I had gone a week and I was beginning to feel miserable.

I had a nutritionist as a customer and I was talking to her about it and she told me 1 tablespoon of Virgin Olive Oil would do the trick.

I mixed it with water the night before I went to bed and then again in the morning. It worked like magic.

Katy said...

Uh... y'all make me stronger and stronger in my conviction that I am only going to adopt if I ever want babies.

Elizabeth-- feel better. I'll come and see you and baby once you're feeling kinda normal again, okay? Maybe I'll actually drag Jen away from her schoolwork to come with me!