Turn up the heat please.
While it would be nice if the outside temperature was warmer, I’m specifically wondering about my internal temperature. Every morning at 6:30 am I wake up and stick a thermometer in my mouth in a sleepy daze. I then check the temperature by the light of my cell phone and either a) read the email on my phone because I can’t go for more than a few hours without checking my email or b) fall back asleep immediately. It’s a giant pain in the ass, but for those of you not in the know about natural family planning, this is normally an excellent way to tell when you have ovulated (see here for more detailed info). Normally people’s charts have this nice normal looking curve to them. Something like this:
Here is what my charts look more like:
Crazy looking, right? Fertility Friend (the site where where I chart) added in an ovulation line that month, but really, with all those crazy ups and downs, it’s pretty unlikely that I did. This month is looking similarly bumpy in terms of my temperatures. Those of you who have temped before may have some idea of what I’m talking about. It’s pretty hard to wake up every single morning to a “WTH” kind of moment when you see what the thermometer spits out.
So if you wonder why I’m grumpy first thing in the morning, there you go. Sometimes I’m actually tempted to over or under-inflate my temperature by wearing more or less to bed or heating the house to a certain temperature, but I suppose that’s not really the point.
I haven’t been writing that much lately because I’m not sure whether or not this sort of thing is too personal for the internet. But after some good talks with friends (and P.) about my comfort level, I’m pretty sure I think that the “personal is political,” aspect of sharing about women’s health is important enough to give up some personal boundaries and write about it a bit more. So there you go.