July 25th, 2003

Women's health at SJAFB - Summer 2003

Minor girly-parts TMI: cutting back on vitamin A was a Bad Idea.

I've been skipping the vitamin A (but not the B complex, C and E) every third night since nurse Dianne Bailey-Holland [Mean Women's Health Nurse] scared me into thinking 150% of the daily RDA will somehow damage me worse than my hormonal misery has degraded my quality of life and just stepped down to my second night without (to one A per three days). If it's any consolatuion, she's probably a civilian since she was in flowery scrubs and not BDUs like the providers and nurses in the regular teams at the clinic.

Holy f*ck, that was not a good idea. I haven't had cramping this bad in over a month and before that with the stronger Braxton-Hicks (false labor) contractions when I was pregnant with Laurel. If my period doesn't start within the next day, I am going back to taking the A daily because I'd rather risk the "damage" the nurse threatened than gut-wrenching pain that makes me want to kick anything that touches me.