You have to look after yourselves, girls. Take it from me.

January 18, 2013

Whether you’re a busy mum at home, a full-time worker or sit somewhere, anywhere, in between these two extremes; whether you have children or not –

Women MUST look after themselves.

Two days ago, at about 3pm, I fainted here at home and took a heavy spill.
It was a combination of three logical components that brought it about – which makes it even more concerning; how quickly we neglect the simple things.

1. No water.
It was a hot day – low 30s – and I hadn’t drunk any water yet.

2. No food.
I was waiting for my cousin (who was visiting from Perth with her fiancé) to have lunch. Their road trip got delayed. At around quarter to three, I was reheating my lunch when they arrived.  So it got put off again.

3. Heat.
The girls were in the pool, so we went out back. I started to clean the pool for the girls and move the vacuum out of the way. I got very hot.

When I went inside, the change of bright to darker light and hot to less-hot, made my head spin. I thought it would pass, so I started to offer my cousin lunch options.

Suddenly my brain froze, turned robotic and shouted, “GET TO YOUR BED! NOW!”

I mumbled something incoherent to my cousin and started to walk down the narrow-ish corridor – my finger tips touching the wall for support.

My knees buckled and I slammed against the wall like I was in a pin-ball machine. That first jolt made me ‘wake’ for a second, which made me straighten up – at which point I blacked out enough to slam my way onto the tiled floor. I can still remember the smack of me hitting the tiles.

My cousin saw me fall and I heard the panic in her voice. I sat up in a daze and it took a while for my mind to start rationalising how I got there. I was covered in sweat.

The injuries were as follows:

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I sprained my left ankle, fell heavily just under my right knee, badly bruised my right arm (I rarely bruise) and my left bum bone took a hit.

Question #137: And why do women do this to themselves?

Because we instinctively but other people or other tasks before ourselves. Although all women aren’t like that, it IS the wonderful part of our nature that sometimes gets abused – especially by us.

So, keep up your fluids (especially if you’re in Sydney – just checked the temp. It’s 1.15pm and it’s reached 44.1 C/ 111 F! Hot damn!), eat and stay out of the heat if you can. I know that’s hard for some people – a cool shower, maybe.

Just take care.

Paula x

Well, I’m off to hang the washing. The first pieces I hang will probably be dry by the time I finish the rest.


2 Responses to “You have to look after yourselves, girls. Take it from me.”

  1. You poor thing. Ankle looks painful. It’s true, we, or I anyway, charge about thinking I’m some kind of multi tasking machine that can do everything house, work and baby related whilst on an exercise bike and cooking dinner. I’m sick this weekend, not a common occurance since I gave up all bad habbits to grow and raise my child, but I keep apologising to my partner for being sick. Because I can’t do anything. It’s ridiculous. So I’ve decided next week I’m having a day. Before I head back to work I’m having a whole day to myself, see a movie, get a massage, whatever. Your blog has just convinced me it’s ok.

    • questionsforwomen said

      Yaaay! I love to have influenced you in that way!
      I’m a high school teacher, so my holidays are navigating through holiday activities and play-date catchups with my daughters. I had ONE day of complete alone-ness. How I loved it so! I watched two DVDs (something I NEVER do) and enjoyed the bliss of not a single, “Muuuum” being uttered.
      I think it’s REALLY important to have a ‘mental health day’ every once in a while – otherwise we women (especially mums), run ourselves into the ground.
      I’m about to post an article you may find interesting.
      How old’s your bubba?

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