Doreen McGettigan

I Laughed So Hard I Peed My Pants…

Women’s Health Week was May 14th to May 20th and it got me thinking about this time last year. I always schedule my annual physical with my primary physician during May. I had a list of symptoms I was definitely uncomfortable discussing with him but I knew it had to be done.

 

More than 65 million people have incontinence and it is three times more prevalent in women. If it’s so common why do we not talk about it with each other or more importantly why are we uncomfortable talking about it with our doctors?

 

My husband had the idea that we should take a road trip with the five of our thirteen- grandkids. With five-kids we call ‘the middles,’ aged nine to fourteen we left Philadelphia in a big red van and headed south on I-95.

 

 

I was prepared for, “Are we there yet,” and “Can we stop I have to go to the bathroom,” from the middles. It never happened. They would have been happy with the snacks we had and driving straight through. I wasn’t prepared to be the one that needed to stop every two hours to use the bathroom.

 

A few months before the trip I started needing to get up during the night to go and most recently I would go before getting into bed and as soon as I lay down I needed to get up and go again. Foolishly I stopped drinking anything after 8:00 p.m. That left me waking up at 3 a.m. parched and with a sore throat.

 

The middles thought teaching Mom-Mom their best hip hop moves was a great idea. It was a great idea and a lot of fun until I laughed so hard I peed my pants. Not just a little dribble that I could hide but the puddle on the floor kind. We all laughed so hysterically and it happened again.

 

For the rest of that vacation the kids would say, “Let’s be serious don’t make Mom-Mom laugh.”

 

I was embarrassed and honestly scared. What if this happened in a professional or social setting?

 

I knew I had to have that talk with my doctor.

 

His professional kindness was impressive, sadly not all male physicians take us women and our symptoms seriously.

 

His advice to me was:

 

  • Drink six to eight, eight ounce glasses of water a day. Not drinking does not stop incontinence it actually makes it worse.

 

 

  • To exercise for at least thirty minutes every day. He suggested I try yoga and to include squats because they work on our pelvic and abdominal muscles.

My first attempts at yoga

 

  • Get seven to eight hours a sleep every night.

 

  • You are a confident, successful woman, suck it up and consider #Depend. Do not jeopardize that confidence you worked so hard for.

 

I Googled #Depend and came across a link for a free sample. I ordered and you should too!  {Depends Silhouette Free Sample}

 

 

 

To bring the discussion forward #Depend has partnered with two amazing women. Suzie Haines was running a marathon and did not make it to the restroom in time. She started mapping bathrooms everywhere she went. I can relate. Depend has boosted her confidence. Suzie is a busy mom, fitness instructor and a yoga enthusiast.

 

 

Dyan is an entrepreneur and a community activist. She tried proving to herself that even though she needed frequent bathroom breaks it wouldn’t interfere with her ability to pursue her dreams. When it did interfere she decided to give Depend a try and hasn’t stopped for a minute to look back. She teaches children dance routines at her own studio and performs with a dance group featuring women forty-plus at national sporting events.

 

Suzie convinced me to try yoga which I was terrified to try because of incontinence. Dyan’s story inspired me to order that trial sample and to actually look forward to another dancing session with my middles.

 

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Many of us suffer in silence because we’re embarrassed to talk with each other or our doctors. This leads to giving up our most enjoyed activities and sadly causes us to be terrified to laugh. Be a girlfriend and start the conversation. Let’s not give up our hard earned confidence and continue to #OwnYourGreatness!

 

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Thanks for reading,

Doreen

 

*This is a sponsored post and as always all opinions my own. #AD #OwnYourGreatness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Rant…What is the difference between Catholicism and Dominoes?

Monday Morning Rant…

What is the difference between Catholicism and Dominoes? Last week was a rough one. Every planet must have been retrograde and a bunch of people in my life must have been on a steady diet of mean pills. Personally I always try to say what I mean without ever saying it mean and if I see or hear someone being mistreated I’m most often the first one to come to the rescue of the victim. What I saw and heard this week was people I’ve always respected doing nothing to correct or change the bad behavior of people that were treating others unkindly, even bullying.

 

I left the Catholic Church as a young adult. The controversy and horrors became too much for me to take. It wasn’t just the horrors that turned me away but the fact that crimes were being covered up and the guilty were being sheltered. Victims were being exposed and shamed. None of that spoke to me in a Christian voice so I didn’t quietly leave, I ran as fast and loudly as I could and took my kids with me.

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Foodie Friday Fragments…

Foodie Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

The original host of Friday Fragments was Mrs. 4444’s. You can find some of those posts here: (half past kissin’ time to kiss again.)

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Music Monday featuring Dskillz Harris…

Many of the happiest memories I have are filled with music. It’s like the sound is woven through each memory, holding them together.

Because music is so important to me, such a part of my life I’ve wanted to join in on #Music Monday.

My #Music Monday posts will include interviews and music from new and veteran artists from all genres of music as well as the music that has meant the most to me throughout my life.

This week I want to introduce you to Dskillz Harris. He is an 18-year-old producer/emcee from Baltimore. Dskillz is currently a freshman at Morgan State University.

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Foodie Friday Fragments…

Foodie Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

The original host of Friday Fragments was Mrs. 4444’s. You can find some of those posts here:

half past kissin’ time to kiss again.

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I Almost Missed It!

 

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for the monthly meeting of the

Insecure Writers Support Group.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post!

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Foodie Friday Fragments…

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

I am really starting to dislike the last week of the month! For some reason I am struggling to accomplish my monthly goals. Saying life gets in the way is the truth but it is a poor excuse for not managing my time effectively.

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Writing Wednesday The PWC…

 

Writing Wednesday

On Wednesdays I like to share information, stuff I learned on my journey of writing, being published and marketing two (almost 3) books!

Writing Conferences

It’s that exciting time of year again, the time when writers with a dream and writers that are living the dream come together to network, share and most importantly to learn from and support each other. Many years ago when I was dreaming of becoming a writer I attended the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Back then word processors were the ‘new thing.’

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Music Monday and Memories…

I still wonder how it’s possible that after 18-years my body knows, my subconscious remembers. It starts with my body feeling heavy. I get that awful lump in my throat and feel sick.

How does a certain song trigger our minds to recall memories, some beautiful and some so sad? Why did this song randomly play on the radio station I’m listening to today?

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FOX, Food and Fragments…

Friday Fragments are the bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

The only way to describe my week is to say it’s been a roller coaster ride and I am terrified of roller coasters. It has been a week of worse news after bad news. Its also been a week of great news and for that I am so grateful.

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