Not very chatty

I do not think that most people believe me when I tell them I have quiet moments.  No one who has seen me in full sales woman mode, or the life of party (someone's got to do it) would believe it.  I find it hilarious when those same people discover that at times a big cup of tea and a book are my two favorite things.

Admittedly, I badly need to get myself to the library but that just does not seem to be happening.  I should have gone today but I was avoiding the threat of another storm.  We've had so many storm warnings lately I'm beginning to wonder whether the warnings are exaggerated.  Of course reports of houses demolished (roof kissed by wind) suggest the the BOM (Bureau of Met.) are nailing the warning system. 

It's another bad choice of warnings between severe wind, which sounds rude, and flood.  We'll either get blown away, or may face running away with water.  Thankfully this house has managed to keep the power on.  Now that we  have nearly everything sort…

Following my own advice....ouch!

I'm following my own advice and putting the work into physical rehabilitation.  I hurt all over.  It's amazing just how much getting better can hurt in the interim.

I'm getting slowly better at doing things physically though I have completely pushed my body.  Unfortunately, I'm still getting a CFS type backlash.  It's amazing I am managing what I am, though the intensity is fairly low and well managed.

In a way I appreciate the pain because it is getting me somewhere.  It's still unpleasant but not intolerable for the most part.  The pain was intolerable prior to putting my self through managable pain with distinct gain.

As the squat torture continues I can see the benefits.  Even with running up and down hills my legs have never looked this toned!

Chamomile may be as effective as NSAIDs

Today, I have only had a big cup of chamomile tea to fix my period pain.  It's given me well over eight hours of solid pain relief.  So, with that in mind, I wondered whether chamomile has any properties that work like ibuprofen.  Research seems to indicate that it can block the cause of menstrual pain in a similar level to NSAIDs (non steroid anti inflammatory drugs).  It has a drug like affect it seems.

I'll let you read the research and come to your own conclusions.  It's not advisable to have chamomile tea with NSAIDs and some people are allergic to chamomile.

In another hour, after I have finished my milky tea, I will have another cup to soothe my cramps ready for bed!  A pot to share of loose leaf, fairly fresh chamomile seems to be better than tea bags (perhaps I just made a slightly stronger cup-full.

Here's the study:

Anyway, talk to your doctor for medical advice.  I just found this fascinating.  Also, cham…

Pain management, NSAIDs,... and fertility?

Just stumbled across some research showing that daily use of NSAIDs (Non Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drug) may delay or inhibit ovulation.  Something that women trying to conceive should be aware of.

I do take NSAIDs for acute pain killing but only the bare minimum I can get away with.  Usually no more than three days a month total for period pain, and other pain, including for migraines.  I've just been reading about the side effects of the drugs that I have found work most effectively for me.  They all have potential side effects.  Ibuprofen was originally designed as a prescription drug so I am very careful with it.

These days I take ibuprofen because it's cheap, works well for me, and is easy to find.  I did take mefenamic acid under the direction of a doctor over ten years ago but forgot it's also a NSAID (brand name in Australia is Ponstan).  I tend to find ibuprofen as, if not more, effective.  Obviously, you can have one or the other, they can not be taken together t…

Menstrual Cup Myths

Well, it's taken me three days but I finally seem to have the hang of the things.

Let's get a few misconceptions out of the way:

1) Myth: menstrual cups get rid of period pain and cramps.
Fact: Pain killers reduced my period pain and cramps.  Maybe they do reduce them in some women but I'm sceptical of that claim.

2) Myth: menstrual cups are easy to use.
Fact: the first couple of days feel like you are undergoing regular medical examinations.  I'm am getting to the point of first time, done.  But I really found nothing online all that helpful in how to use the wretched things.

I roll mine up like a sausage, and I've given up checking it because it feels like it's not working when I check after placement, but it does.  I do some stomach crunches and the thing must unfold because no leaks after the first couple of trials.

I can feel that I have a cup in but that's as much about my body cramping around it I think.  When I've no period pain, it's lik…

Friday tea and pamper

I'm being all civilized tonight.  This may just be due to exhaustion.  I've had a long day.
I'm trialling pink French clay and dried herbs from a few tea bags as an economical base for regular face masks.  It costs about a tenth of buying an equivalent mask made up.
Feels good, looks good and a low cost treat.  I added some yogurt to the dry mix which makes it easy to apply and economical!  The added bonus is that it calmed The Head Gardener right down.

You know you are tired when...

I knew I was tired.  It was confirmed a few minutes ago when I found myself annoyed that my cup of herbal tea seemed to taste of nothing much.  Then I realized that I forgot to put my tea bag in the hot water.  Oh dear.

It's no wonder I am tired today.  I've been doing more physical activity than normally advisable.  Moving wood for the wood fire, making a healthy dinner of stuffed capsicums, catching up on some reading, fixing a new phone set up for someone else and making sure I did my challenging exercises to help my body, and mind, heal.

I'm just exhausted.  It's amazing what I got done today considering my energy level.