Stress... with soreness and swelling?

Stress... with soreness and swelling?

During my 30 some years of life, I feel like I’ve been through a lot – crazy jobs, lay-offs, break ups, moving, recession, losing loved ones and giving birth early. Unfortunately, they all cause stress.

Since becoming parents and Mr. C. has been home, my husband and I have adapted and fallen into a good groove. Baby’s been healthy. My husband hasn’t needed a CT scan or lost a tooth from playing hockey in months. I’ve been working and bringing in some money. All is good.

Last week, we hit a couple bumps in the road and been reminded again that we are parents of a preemie baby. Mr. C. is fine but the reminder hit me hard and the stress is creeping back.

While employed at my previous, very stressful job, I used to have crazy dreams and sometimes talk or walk in my sleep. The good times are back. My dreams have been vivid and intense. Some are nightmares about Mr. C., which I do not enjoy.

On top of the fabulous nightmares, there is MASTITIS!! Hooray! Not.

From MayoClinic.com: “Mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness of the breast. If you have mastitis, you might also experience fever and chills. Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding…”

What MayoClinic.com does not include that stress is a causing factor. During my doctor’s appointment to check out my soreness and swelling, my doctor was telling me they see more cases of mastitis during the holidays when women are stressed. So, it is not a coincidence that I got Mastitis at the same time I was stressed.

So, what else can happen with stress? How much more stress will I have as a parent? Should I just invest in GreyGoose, green olives and Unisom (my old stress reliever before child)? Will my husband have to strap me to the bed so I don’t wake up standing in the middle of the driveway?

I have to say, after drafting this article, I slept a lot better. Putting my stress in writing has helped me. And in my 30+ years, I have been through a lot. I think I can deal with what’s ahead. I KNOW I can deal with it. It might be rough sometimes, but my husband and I can get through it. Mr. C. is a great kid and has been very healthy. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

What stresses you out and how do you deal with it??

I think I'm going to cash in my massage Groupon right now...

*Always consult your doctor if you show symptoms of Mastitis.

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