Item: Period not quite as heavy as usual (good), but Cute Ute is producing spectacularly large clots and in hurting like the blazes (bad). What’s with the clots? I’m on fish oil. It’s supposed to reduce clotting. As I’m at home folded into a sort of uncomfortable pretzel with a hot-water-bottle in the middle anyway, and have no one I need impress, I even took some-damn-hippy-or-other’s advice and am not using tampons, to see if that reduces cramping, clotting, and difficulty peeing. Umm. All it’s really doing is making me feel highly disgusted with all regions between navel and knees. So. Medication-wise, paracetamol, ibuprofen, and aspirin all have a limited effect, though liquid ibuprofen capsules seem better than tablets. Codeine works best, but makes me very stupid and can’t be taken with strong drink. Also, the codeine is left over prescription from various surgeries etc and will run out soon, so am saving it for night-time application only. During the day I tend to take three doses of paracetamol and three of ibuprofen, interspersed, as I understand that this is OK, and allows for the fourth dose of paracetamol that comes free with the codeine. I am not entirely happy about the whole painkiller double-decking thing, but am even less happy about being the miserable pretzel of cramps. Feminax, I took for a while, it did not help. I once tried ponstan, have not a clue what’s in it, made me high as a kite, it was quite embarrassing. Giggle giggle. Is there anything else that actually really works on bad period pain? Anything? Anyone? So when I go and harrass my GP about the matter, I know what NOT to be fobbed off with.
Item: I booked HSG II – What Shall We Find Through The Round Window? and was firmly informed I must have no, none, no, not even a little, sex between now and the 14th of November (or D-Day). This is peeving me. I like sex, dirty perverted and unnatural wife that I am. OK, so the rest of the week is no go for Obvious Reasons, but the week after that? Gah.
Item: So. HSG booked for day 16 of this cycle. Do any of you know, or should I ask a professional, if, keeping in mind that I don’t ovulate until week three or four when left to my own Clomid-free devices (if I ovulate at all, mind you), it’s OK to have sex after the HSG if I haven’t ovulated before it? Or will my insides be a poisonous swill of mildly radioactive contrast medium until I manage to have another period? Would rather not waste ‘chances’, not even ridiculously slim ones. Am 33 and a half. And so on. But do not care for irradiated blastocysts either.
Item: All this assuming there is no post-infection scarring, and therefore my one remaining tube is in working order and Cute Ute hasn’t reconfigured herself into Jungle-Gym of Embryonic Death.
Item: Have also been told to take day off work for HSG, and to have someone accompany me home afterwards. Last time, I was fine afterwards, and would almost certainly have been quite up to accompanying myself home. Will it be the same this time, do you think, allowing H to go about his business unhindered, or is every HSG different and it would be silly to chance it because it could be really quite nasty this time? (I’m still taking the whole day off. Why dodge the chance for a whole day off? Especially when my line-managers seem somewhat in awe of my Horrible Insides of Doom. The paper-white-lips stunt I pulled on Thursday helped).
Item: And now it is time for a fresh hot-water-bottle and The Phantom Tolbooth.