And Then There Were Four

We're creating this blog because it's the cool thing to do when people are having a baby. Just kidding, really we already have a hard enough time keeping up with everyone we want to, and our lives are about to get even more wonderfully busy. We can't wait - and we want you guys to be able to share in it too, so we both plan on reporting on it. Read at your own risk, and hopefully you'll enjoy it!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rollin'

Warning: This blog may contain content unsuitable for the immature. This is a PG post for my normally G rated blog. Read at your own risk.

Lint rollers....they are good for many things. They clean up the dog hair that is perpetually on my couch, chairs, me. They get crumbs off the dining room table cloth. They're great for the times I accidentally put a nicer article of clothing in with the fluffy white towels and said clothing comes out "fluffed." I found a new use for my little blue lint roller that I will forever be grateful for: unblocking clogged milk ducts.

Oh the things we mothers go through for our children.....if you have ever breastfed a baby, you'll know the pain and agony of having a clogged duct. If you are male, consider yourself very lucky you will never have to experience this. It hurts...it burns.....it's hard to lift your arm....hard to find a comfortable sleeping position. I lost more sleep to this darn duct on Sunday night than I did to my insomniac child. I woke up Monday in quite a bit of pain and was really worried the duct was infected which is then called "Mastitis." If the duct is infected, you have to go in to the doctor and go on antibiotics and can lead to a whole host of problems including being forced to wean your child earlier than one might have planned. I woke up feeling awful but had no temperature which was a good sign. I called the doctor and they said to try really hard to unclog and call immediately if I spiked a fever. The ways to unclog a blocked milk duct: heat (hot shower, heating pad, etc), rest (this would happen on the busiest, most stressful work week I've had in a while), pressure/massage (OUCH).

So I spent most of yesterday obsessing about my clogged duct trying everything in my power to work out the clot. I got home from work and was determined to set it free. I applied a warm washcloth and was going to get in the shower after attempting to massage the thing out. My hands were sore and I wasn't getting anywhere except for more and more pain when I had a thought- ROLLING it out. Initially I thought of the rolling pin housed under my stove in the kitchen. That was far too big and bulky since we registered for the mother of all rolling pins for our wedding and received it as a gift. That inspired the thought of the lint roller- GENIUS. So note to self and all other mothers out there- when ducts are clogged, turn to the lint roller which is to be used while standing in a burning hot shower.

So needless to say, I am lump and lint free :)

3 comments:

Marj Gray said...

too funny (now that it's over)--an added ad for lint rollers !

Jennifer said...

You are AWESOME!

Lindsay said...

Some things are better left unshared :o)

j/k