Dealing with own feminine issues while teaching-for the ladies

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  1. Camel13

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    Would it be nice if teachers in adjacent rooms would alternately "spell" each teacher for this! My next door neighbors are men so I feel uncomfortable asking, though.
     
  2. linswin23

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    I am in the same boat as well!!! I work with mostly men. Not complaining, they are all great guys, but it's kind of uncomfortable to ask.
     
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    It wasn't so bad when I was on BC because it was light enough I only had to go once a day / on my lunch break.
    But now that we're trying to have a baby, it's been a few months of torturous "I have to be near a bathroom at all times" for the first couple days :rolleyes: of each cycle :mad:
     
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    I would ask any of my mail colleagues to watch my class for any reason.
     
  5. MrsC

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    You don't need to go into details; a simple, "Can you watch my class for a minute while I run to the washroom?" will suffice.
     
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    Isn't this so sad that we can't just go to the bathroom? I have had many accident! It's so embarrassing. Plus as you age your body changes and so do your cycles. I always have a spare pair of underwear in my room and I keep a LONG sweater just in case. I am pretty lucky now that my awesome teammate is literally right there and she can watch my class for me.
     
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    I've been asked to cover classrooms several times for (what I'm assuming is) this reason. Whenever they take their purse with them, I assume it's a female issue. Not my business, though, and I'm glad to cover.
     
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    I went through an extreme level of dealing with this with fibroids. For a while I had severely heavy flow and incredible pain. I was on 800mg Ibuprofen and the doctor gave me some low level narcotics that I didn't take at school, but I had them with me in case. It got to the point where the bleeding never stopped. it was all I could do to make it through each day, and I was only on a half-day teaching schedule at the time. From October through January when I finally had an emergency hysterectomy, I was bleeding non-stop. I'd stand up and feel massive clots drop. I had to use a tampon plus an overnight pad and I had to change them every two hours or so. Fortunately, I did have the ability to run to the restroom every few hours, but it was only by the grace of God that I never had a very visible accident. I did always wear black pants though. I was terrified to wear anything else.

    If you're in the normal range like most people where it's just an inconvenience but you're worried, I'd suggest coupling tampons with a pantiliner or a thin pad. As for cramps, before fibroids, I found that taking a couple of motrin when I first realized my period was starting limited the cramps from getting to be a problem. If I waited until I was really hurting, the motrin didn't seem to help as much. It sucks, but you can deal. We're women. We deal with all kinds of difficult things!
     
  9. TeacherWhoRuns

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    They don't have to know why you need to leave. You wouldn't explain if it's #1 or #2, so why would you go into an explanation of it being Aunt Flow?
     
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    I can usually run between classes and get back before the bell (3 minutes). Now that I'm pregnant though, I've had to ask the teacher next to me to watch my kids a lot. Between morning sickness and having to pee all the time, I feel like I'm always running downstairs!
    My good friend and fellow teacher has terrible periods on her first day. She takes some OTC meds as she doesn't want to do anything stronger. Otherwise she just does her best to make it through the day.
     
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    Watch out for the coffee, it will dehydrate you which can make the cramps worse.
     
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    Physical activity helps a good deal with periods. I know you’re all probably rolling your eyes and thinking can’t I just have some chocolate, Netflix and a pillow? But studies show that even walking will help with fatigue, cramps and general mood.
     
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    I get EXHAUSTED on mine. As in I'll sleep most of the day on the weekends if possible. I do more centers/small groups when it's really bad so I can sit down at my table and be relaxed. Still teaching, just not as much movement for me. I teach first grade though, so it's a practical solution for my setting.
     
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    Ugh. It’s a pain. When I have recess duty, I don’t have a break from 11:30-3:44 since we all have car duty.
     
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    Yes, this is a regular issue that we all have figured how to get around the best way we can. I'm always embarrassed to ask someone to watch my class for any restroom reason. My schedule is not a benefit to my bladder on a regular day, no less on another day.
    The last obgyn visit I had gave this big questionnaire about bladder issues. Sadly, I wrote on mine that as a teacher, I felt like my lot in life was to have no bladder by retirement.
     

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