This morning, my period cramps were so bad that I threw up twice and had to climb into the bath to regulate my body temperature to a point where I was marginally more comfortable. Then I got into my bed, still damp, and buried myself under the covers (mind you, it’s so hot and muggy in NY that I often don’t even use a sheet when I go to bed) and went to sleep, as that was the only way I could think of to stop feeling nauseous.

Cramps are gone now, but if I feel so much as a twinge tomorrow, I’m staying home from work.