When will women get a break?

(To all the men in my life – turn away now. You don’t really want to read this.)

When moms get sick, there are no sick days to take. We have to keep on keeping on. Someone has to get kids to school, make their breakfast, wipe their butt, get them dressed, and maintain the house work to even the lowest of standards. And if you say “My husband shares equal responsibility around OUR home.” I say, you are my hero and please for all things holy, tell me how you manage that. And then I would say, go away I hate you. Not “totally” really.

But in my husband’s defense, he leaves super early for work so I’m solo with the kids in the morning and after school.  So I’m part of the mom class that keeps going even with the cough, fever, chills, and runny nose. And don’t even get me started on the MAN COLD.  Kidding. Not “totally” really.

My point is,  there comes a time when enough is enough. We have kept up the pace through the years even with fevers, colds, the flu, and various viruses. Add to that  monthly cramps and mood swings.

Every. Single. Month.

Did you know women on average have 35 years of monthly periods?  And then if that wasn’t enough, we  near the age of menopause when the periods stop but hot flashes and mood swings replace it.  I’m thinking this isn’t really fair at all. I think we have paid our dues to womanhood and deserve a freakin’ break once in a while.

I had my annual exam this week and found out I may already be post menopausal. And then as I was lying on the exam table I heard a lot of Blah Blah Blah, of what is to come. I then started blaming Eve. If she hadn’t eaten that apple I’m sure women would not have to suffer with these things.

I came home and Googled Symptoms of Menopause and found this to be what I have to look forward to:

Symptoms

Common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Menstrual periods that occur less often and eventually stop
  • Heart pounding or racing
  • Hot flashes, usually worst during the first 1 – 2 years
  • Night sweats
  • Skin flushing
  • Sleeping problems (insomnia)

Other symptoms of menopause may include:

  • Decreased interest in sex, possibly decreased response to sexual stimulation
  • Forgetfulness (in some women)
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
  • Urine leakage
  • Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
  • Vaginal infections
  • Joint aches and pains
  • Irregular heartbeat

To Eve:

Eve, hope you are doing well. When I see you in the afterlife…you’re goin’ down.