Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kicking Ass on Hormones

I can't really describe it better than it feels like I'm constantly re-arranging something.  Like my clothes aren't fitting right except that it 's not my clothes, it's my skin.  And my brain.  I want to reach into my body and soul and mind and re-arrange some shit.  I cannot get comfortable right now.

The itching.  The MOTHERLOVING ITCHING.  I had to be on some jacked up birth control for 3 weeks to start this whole IVF business.  It gave me a super rash.  It's normal.  I have NEVER been on the pill in my life.  This was all too much for me.

Forget about a vibrating device, a wire brush is my best friend these days.  I have never felt more pleasure than rubbing that bad boy all over my itchy body.

People say stupid ass things. Here are a couple of my favorites:
  1. Relax. It will happen when it's supposed to (or some iteration of that nonsense).
  2. Careful what you wish for.
  3. Do you want my kids? You may change your mind.
There are so many others, but those are my favorites right now. And by favorites, I mean, seriously STFU if you think any of these things sound like a good thing to say to someone struggling to have a baby.

Most conversations lately are like this:
People: "how are you feeling?"
Me; "Shitty."
People:  *STARES*, "Well have you tried this or this or how much longer or let's talk about me and how I would deal with that."


I'm having many different hormones shot through many different needles into my body.  It's not pleasant to feel like a human pin cushion.  I feel squishy.  Nothing is going to make that more pleasant.  I feel nauseous all the time.   And I'm incredibly sore.  That's my story.  It's ok, I will be ok, but it sucks right now.  Deal?  It's ok, let's all just agree that I'm not very good company right now and you are off the hook as far as talking with me. 

Way too many people who aren't my husband have been all up in my vagine lately. I'm not OK with it. There have been approximately 645 people sticking the ultrasound wand up in my junk and then looking around in there.  I mean, what am I gonna do, right? 

I hate having blood drawn, like every other day, but there is the Latino Older Gentleman at Northwestern (can I call him LOG?) that has his Latino music on every time I go and he's so nice to me.  It's comforting.  It makes looking like a junkie with bruises up and down both arms and my entire torso that much more enjoyable. 

I am overcompensating.  I feel like shit, so I am doing my best to look SUPER CUTE! every damn day.  And logging that shit on a Pinterest board.  That's right.  I want that reminder for when I have a belly and can't wear my cute dresses any longer, but really, I'm just trying to feel somewhat normal.  Hint, TELL ME I'M CUTE.

This is what I typically do in a self pity and pin cushiony induced haze on the weekends right now because I'm in NO MOOD for being social.  Ass on the couch, watching Franklin and Bash reruns hoping for a Zach Morris naked butt shot getting outta the hot tub. Brothers and Sisters.  Jesus God. Kitty and infertility and then cancer and how can I relate to this skinny white WHITE girl with these jacked up lips first on Ally McBeal with the clunky white girl 90's shoes we all wore and now on Brothers and Sisters? Am I getting cancer next? I want to crawl in bed with Sally Field as my mom and call it a day.

My mom is so far away and she writes me notes every day trying to make me laugh and encourage me and even one last week said that she wants to punch someone in the face for me having to go through all this bullshit. She didn't know who she would punch, I suggested me as I'm responsible for my life, but in a nutshell she didn't like that idea, she wanted to blame someone else. She's so little, my mom, and yet such a powerhouse. My dad calls her Woodstock. And every time I think about her lately I ball like a baby.

Try to explain to your cat that he can't be on you because your stomach is ripped to shreds and you feel vomitous all the time. Go on, try it and report back how that all goes for you.  My other bff at home besides my brush to scratch is my heating pad.  I cannot believe I'm turning into one of those "it's chilly in here" broads that I always want to smack on the head, but goddamn, is it chilly in here?  And then Sally Boy gets really excited when I get up and he gets on the heating pad and is all, "oh hey dudes, did you know about this magical ball warmer for my little tiny cat balls that are long gone, but dammit this is so warm on my bum?" 

All this funny bitchiness aside, I am so grateful to even be in a position to try this.  With a man I love so hard it should be a crime.  So I complain and hurt and cry and laugh, all knowing that I am so blessed to be able to even be here.  The moment I start thinking life owes me anything, I'm fucked. Everything I have is a gift. Period. If life were fair, I would be dead. I got the better end of this deal.  Baby or no baby.  Hormones or no hormones.  I win!

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, I give you Sam from Bitches Gotta Eat.  Which is in my top 3 favorite blogs of all time.  I am HOOKED.  I mean, I'm flabbergasted she would even ask to joint post, but she's on the fucking hormones too. She's proud to say she's my friend (winks) and I bow down to her mad funny, raunchy writery skills.  She called me her spirit animal once, I will take that shit to my grave.  

Yes, this is really happening, I geeked the hell out meeting Sam.

We are BOTH on the hormones. Different hormones for different reasons, but damn, it can fuck with a girl. This lovely and colorfully raunchy version is from Sam. That's your warning, if your virgin ears can't handle too much, bow out. But I know most of you will thank me after for introducing you to her if you don't know her work already, which I bet most of you do. She's Divine.  Please for you to enjoy.....

In general, i am not a horny person. is sex interesting and enjoyable? absolutely. would i rather be in bed with a bag of korean tacos than spending an evening bird-dogging dudes with a spanx pulled up to chin in the vain hopes of dragging one home to do the don't look at my thighs and weird birtmarks awkward first sex apology dance? absolutely. there are so many other things i would rather be doing than explaining why sucking a d would be so much better if i could keep my goddamned shirt on. the thought of new sex is fucking exhausting to me. jesus christ, you want to know what the last conversation i had was about?! THE NEW RANCHERO BEEF LEAN CUISINE. i wish that was a joke, but i just spent five minutes talking about what a drag it is when the meat isn't touching the sauce and it gets all dried out in the microwave and it's like eating a tennis shoes with lowfat chipotle gravy on it. that's not the conversation of a person who is in the market for sexual intercourse, friends. that is what your lonely aunt who wears scarves in the summer wants to talk about, NOT virile young things who can't wait to find some stud to put it in her butt.

i don't ever think to myself, "goddamn, i need to get the shit fucked out of me or i'm going to freak the fuck OUT." women like that seem glamorous and foreign to me, exotic creatures for whom a jar of nutella and a bottle of champagne aren't a suitable replacement for a bearded gentleman with an erection and a checking account. the other night i went to lula with caitlin, who proclaimed, "girl, i always like to keep some dick around," over our split spinach salad. wow, what a fucking grownup. sex just stresses me out and reminds me how little furniture i own and that i should go to water aerobics more often. and that i still buy kid panties with stupid patterns like martini glasses and ponies on them. my underwear drawer looks like the chick lit section of an airport bookstore.

my uterus has always been a finicky little brat. i found this out pretty early in my womanhood when, after being the kind of moron who engaged in unprotected sex with a hot dude who sold dvd players out of the back of his truck, i kept never getting a period yet also never winding up pregnant. so, when you're nineteen and you live in a car with no adult supervision or intervention in your life whatsoever, this is basically THE BEST NEWS YOU WILL EVER RECEIVE IN YOUR LIFE. these were my "fucking in exchange for some fleeting validation" years, you see, so if i could bang dudes and not worry about giving birth to what was sure to an army of street pharmacists and designer bag boosters then it was cool, right? exactly. sex was as boring to me then as it is now, and i'm totally lazy, so not having to think about a strange little creature hijacking my womb was the icing on the cake.

a couple months ago my gynecologist suggested i get an IUD. birth control was making me a bonafied crazy person, plus i am fast approaching the age where all those fine print warnings actually start to mean something ("may cause strokes and blood clots and certain death in women over thirty-five," etc) so i stopped taking that shit. and i was all, "no need, doc. i'm only giving handjobs from now on." he eyed me skeptically before peering through the speculum at what appeared to be my re-grown hymen. he swept the cobwebs away from my cervix and blew some dust from my uterus. "you're not kidding," he said. "who was president the last time you had actual intercourse with a human male?" "ABE LINCOLN." then he scraped a bunch of junk off my cervix to send to the lab and handed me some rubber gloves to protect against catching hand herpes if that's a real thing and not some shit i just made up because it sounds hilarious.

installing that IUD business is like a surgical procedure, and it's one my doctor doesn't do. and since i don't care enough to spend hours doing research and hours interviewing potential doctors just to insert a little piece of plastic in my underground railroad i told him to forget it. he wrote me a script for some metronidazole suppositories and another one for progesterone. JACKPOT, sucka. aside from the fact that PERIOD SEX IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST, i like to have a period because it makes me feel like at least one aspect of my body is functioning properly. these guts, as you know, are on some bullshit 72% of the time. and i'm mostly psychotic, plus my arm hurts sometimes. but every 28 days as i lay prostrate atop a crimson tide, torso wracked with convulsive pain, i smile with the knowledge that at least this part of my anatomy is doing what the fuck it's supposed to. except it sometimes don't. and then i enlist the help of ten tiny little progesterone pills, and within a week that molten lava comes exploding down the side of the volcano and all is well on pussy island.

BUT FIRST. this progesterone is a motherfucker. for ten straight days all i want to do is rub my vagina on chairs and stick my fingers in the mouths of everyone i see on the street. i'm not kidding, ho. horny isn't even the goddamned word. for a week and a goddamned half i am basically MADE OF SEX. i can't walk through the produce section in the grocery store without having to stop and caress all of the squash and melons half a dozen times. i bought three pounds of zucchini the other day because i couldn't stop fondling all of those smooth green shafts. it's ridiculous. right now i have huge swollen boobs and my labia have turned into a giant pulsating fist made of deli meat and i cried at a dog food commercial earlier, and all i can think about is sticking a remote control up my vag. it's insanity. sure, i get hot and bothered sitting across from a handsome man with burn scars and calloused hands, but generally this dog is not so crazy for a bone that i can't sit through a movie without sticking my hand in my pants.

and OH MAN, THE BABY CRAZY. keep your toddler away from me, because when i'm not desperately fantasizing about horseback riding with no pants on i'm salivating after every milk-drooling tiny human kitten with limited cognitive ability i can get my goddamned hands on. all i want to do is scoop them up and snuggle them close to my heaving bosom before bursting into uncontrollable tears about how perfect and beautiful they are. i can't top kissing them and petting their soft little heads, cooing how much i love them and how i'd kill anyone who got between us. until the pills are gone, and my uterus sloughs off that layer of fetus adhesive it built up, and i'm back to running screaming from sticky little hands and green poopy diapers. and only masturbating one time a day. seriously, i have a fucking job to keep.

look at this nonsense?  CAN YOU EVEN STAND IT? 


  1. AHAHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAA. You girls made my day.
    I don't even know where to begin.
    So it will have to be enough to just say - thank you for sharing the most intimate. It is so hard to be a woman in general..let alone all of the other stuff.
    Love and Hugs - Admiration too.

  2. Well as a currently drunk vegetarian who wants a baby so bad, I already love the shit out of you.

    And Bitches Gotta Eat is amazing, and I HATE the stupid things people with kids say to you when you can't have a baby, or are struggling.

    I don't think I can have a baby - and it feels terrible and I wish we could sort of send out a memo: Shit Not To Say To Me About This.

  3. Awesome! And just in case I forget in the future..You're cute!

    I give you tons of credit & send you lots of love & luck! My kids are 10 years apart - I'm lucky to have them. I'd have had a pile of them if my body co-operated. (I foster kids because I just love them to death) I'll never tell you that you can borrow mine or be careful what you wish for. I think it's awesome that you can do this - I wish your itchies away & hope for an amazing outcome!

  4. People are so dumb! I love my son and after going through one miscarriage after and hearing all the shit people had to say, I just wanted to stop talking to everyone! I hope all goes well with baby making!!!

  5. You're cute and funny and sexy as hell. Me love you long time! As far as your vagina, I (nor anyone other than DH and appropriate medical staff) don't get a vote. ;-)

    For a Bitch and a Dumpster Diver, you two make quite the pair! Smooches

  6. I'm trying to stop laughing long enough to type this. I am finding it difficult.

    omg I love you both. And I would hug you both if I thought there was any chance that I would get out of it alive. And Katy your mom is a spitfire!

    Thank you so much for sharing and giving and being honest. Love, love, love.

  7. I love you both, and now I get to love you both together. Wait, what?That came out wrong. Anyway, you're both magnificent and brave and honest and that is something to behold, indeed. xsnos

  8. You are adorable and so strong to be going through this and sharing your story with everyone! I wish you the best of luck with your baby making!
    People can be so stupid. I have 2 children and had to have a hysterectomy at the age of 27. I wasn't done making babies. I didn't want a hysterectomy. But, I make the best of it. At least until some idiot says- at least you have 2 healthy kids. You should be thankful for them!
    I just want to punch them in the throat and kick them in the uterus they are still lucky enough to have :)
    Bitches- holy hell. I peed myself 3 times reading that!

  9. I am thinking of you and Dumpster Husband all the time with crossed fingers and toes. You are both great people and you will make great babies, I know it in my heart girl, so hang in there.

  10. hey katy, you're cute!

    thanks for making me laugh.
    here's some baby dust for you!

  11. I may have to read that again, because it was so awesome that my mediocre brain couldn't truly comprehend it the first time.

    Katy- Fuck those people. They have a lot of damn nerve. I can't even begin to imagine what you're going through, and I would never even try. I am here to listen and offer support and love. That's what everyone else should be doing. So much love to you, friend. You're in my thoughts. xoxo

    Sam- Holy shit. Come on over here when you're on those hormones. I'll take care of you.
    Damn, that wasn't too crass, was it?
    Step away from the babies, lady.

    Fantastic post, you two.

  12. Sam is awesome- I'm glad you have a hormone buddy. This making baby business is definitely invasive, and I guess a ton more so when you're going through what you're going through. So here's what you have to do- keep being cute, itch the shit out of yourself and focus on the little dumpster baby you're gonna make. Wheeeeee! Old Auntie Craftwhack standing by.

  13. This is good. I like this. It's perfect preparation for pregnancy, which I imagine is, in turn, preparation in some ways for becoming a mom. PERFECT.

    As for you and Sam:What a phenomenal pair you two make! Though not gonig to lie, I wouldn't want to be stranded with the two of you together on a deserted island at this moment...who knows what might happen if those hormones take a turn for the worst.

  14. hugs to you IWADB.... Oooo and thank you for sharing Bitches Gotta Eat ~I can relate to being on Progesterone ... 17 weeks straight! sheesh we woman are friggin warriors ~the shit our bodies & mind can tolerate!

    PS ~ B G E ~you totally made me laugh out loud...