Monday, June 15, 2009

Not EVERYONE Is In Menopause...

<----OLD enough to be her GRANDMA...

I've been whining a lot lately about failed memory, emotional upheavals, gray hair, and another birthday gone by. After all I was in my 30s when I started this site with you all. I'm 47 now.

How does that happen?

Just because I'm peri-menopausal and occasionally (or frequently, depending) mean, doesn't mean that everyone is. For those Blog Sisters who might be pregnant or newly delivered, or who have daughters who are pregnant or newly delivered, check out my friends at bTrendie. You can use the invitation code BLOG SISTERS to get in to this invite only shopping community.

We're testing out some graphic blog badges, which is why you see that new badge in the sidebar to the right. Does she scream "pregnant and shopping" or what? Other things she might be saying:

Ouch my aching back.
Ouch my aching feet.
Where's the nanny?

There's a Birthday-in-a-Box Giveaway going on at bTrendie right now, so if you have a (grand)child with a birthday coming up, take a shot at winning.

Meanwhile, Jenna is starting middle school in August, and yet still sometimes rolls out of her bed at night. She's swimming up a storm this summer, which is very helpful for her scoliosis. Water appears to be the best therapy we've found so far to help her posture and pain issues related to the scoliosis. We welcome other ideas and tips from those who've been there.

And finally, you may notice that I've changed the template (again). If anyone wants to take a shot at improving it, let me know and I'll add you as admin.

That's my mid-June update -- as you were!



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two crows said...

hi Jeneane--
just found your blog.
swooping in from the other side of menopause to tell you everything's gonna be all right-- I promise.
things do settle down eventually. really.

Dee said...

Your post just indicates what so many women are going through as they juggle marriage, children, careers, and a social life all while starting into peri-menopause. Most of the time you can't even tell when you go from PMS to Peri so it's understandable that you ask "when (or how) did that happen?".

You're doing a great job! :) I quoted you way back in 2002 or 2003 when the WHI report came out and looking back through my pages has brought me back to your blog today!

I've been doing for 14 years when I was 47 and now I'm 61 and still trying to help women (like you) navigate the rough waters of "the change".

Izzy said...

Hi ladies. Me too. It is interesting that so many women are blogging on this subject and yet in many ways menopause is still taboo. Even the GPs do not always recognise it.

two crows said...

just one more thing--
keep an eye out for:
general fatigue, muscle fatigue and cramps, exhaustion, increased fluid retention and mood swings.
you may have a yeast infection in your intestines. women in menopause are prone to it -- especially if they use antibiotics.

I went to doctor after doctor for 10 months; every one of them patted me on the head and told me there was nothing wrong. they treated me like a hypochondriac.

eventually, a HEALTH FOOD CLERK diagnosed the problem and told me what I needed to do about it. it was a long, hard struggle but I got rid of it. finally.