October 16, 2010

I Haven't Forgotten

Midterms have begun.  I have three weeks of Hell in front of me.  Nursing school is unbelievably demanding!  I still haven't figured out the best way to stay on top of all the material.  I'm putting all my energy into my most difficult class, but unfortunately they are all difficult.  The class I've neglected the most just snuck up behind me and bit me in the ass.  That midterm was ridiculous!

I've been managing my vulvodynia and pudendal neuralgia pretty well.  On some days, I even bring my cushion to class.  On the sex front, I've discovered that I really do have less pain with non-latex condoms!  Who would have thought?!?!  Perhaps they reduce the amount of friction.  I do have to use more lube; and if we change positions, I have to reapply.  It's easy.  Instead of wiping my hand off before we get down to business, I just keep it coated, so the KY is there if I need it without having to interrupt the flow.

It's funny, I always thought condoms were the antithesis of intimacy, but they've brought an exciting new element to our activities...  Let's just say we're both enjoying ourselves...  And every time I go to the bathroom after sex, like a good little girl, I'm shocked by the lack of post-coital burning.

All that fun stuff aside, I know that my posts have grown more infrequent and for that I apologize.  Nursing school has swallowed me whole.  I'm going to try to be more active on this blog.  I just wanted to let you know that I'm still living every day with vulvodynia and pudendal neuralgia.  I'm working hard and I'm living a normal (if you call living in a two bedroom condo with your parents, your husband, two dogs and a cat, while your own house sits empty on the market normal) life.  I have an active sexual relationship with my partner and my daily pain level is manageable.

It is possible to enjoy life with vulvodynia and pudendal neuralgia.

Don't lose hope.