Jun Dishes

verb/diSH/ : food or sex or gossip or fiction in real life

TMI

French Maid MeToo Much Information. What does that even mean? There is no “one” blanket measurement representing what “TMI” is, because it’s different for everyone. For one person, my tweeting about steamed mushrooms smelling like fresh semen might be TMI. Yet for another it might not be. Potato-potahto, TMI is who I am. I just put it out there and there’s no taking it back, and you do with it what you want.

But TMI isn’t always bad. TMI can be a learning experience too. I’d always wished someone had told me:

1. How terrifying the first poop is after having a baby, because the stitches from where they cut your vagina open “just a little” still feels tender to the touch. I had cold sweats sitting on the toilet that fateful day because I convinced myself that pushing poop out of my anus would make my vagina’s stitches burst open, and I’d lose blood and poop and faint and crack my head and countless other bad things. None of that happened because I did everything I was supposed to do…lots of fiber and produce and staying hydrated…elevating my knees a little with a stool under my feet as I sat there terrified on the toilet with my eyes closed. Just don’t force it I had thought. TMI? Not for me.

2. What to expect from foreskin on an uncircumcised penis for the first time. Whether or not it’s expected, I’ve always been surprised at how cold the foreskin is. Like, literally cold. And watch out for salty cold foreskin. I know…TMI, but maybe not.

3. What losing a mucus plug felt and looked like in detail. Because the cramps accompanying the “unplugging” felt like a golf club digging into my abdomen, and the mucus plug itself was unlike any kind of mucus I’d ever come across in my vagina.

What’s a mucus plug? Oh, it’s a tablespoon-sized literal plug of mucus sealing your cervix that ends up smeared with blood when you’re going into labor. Of course I took a photo of it, but never tweet the photo. And I never will because to me, that’s TMI.

But I did show it to the labor and delivery nursing students who helped me through nine hours together, because they’d never seen a mucus plug before. To them, it wasn’t TMI but a learning experience. Crazy how the whole TMI thing works.

Always dishing,
Jun

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23 comments

  • I sit here…shitting… (TMI?) Reading this to Amy as she gets ready for work in the other bathroom. We are laughing so hard! Amy had the ability to relate to the stitches….

    Then I get to the mucus plug and I have to stop. I’m trying to shit…ain’t got time to puke as well.

    Amusing friend you are.

  • cherinski on April 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm said:

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    Glad I found this blog. You are fun. & I wish I had known I would live through the first poop too!

  • Anonymous on April 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm said:

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    Anyone who bitches about you divulging TMI has the right to stop reading any time they want; so I say keep dishing my dear! Some of us love it 😉

    • Jun Song on April 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm said:

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      Oh, I like that! TLI. Ha! It was Vegas…Halloween…and I was in costume when housekeeping came to check out the wink in our hotel room :)

  • I sure understand the need at times for TMI. If all of a sudden you find that your going to have an ostomy and do business in that bag, how do you have sex. I used to answer those questions for folks facing that “bag” in their life. They needed someone willing to offer TMI. We need you. Perhaps I can met you in December. we are going that way for our 33rd anniversary of our relationship and of my ostomy.

    • Jun Song on April 8, 2013 at 8:27 am said:

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      It’s true! Sometimes we NEED TMI in our lives :) I’m glad you get it. Ha!

      And December is on! So happy you’re making your way out here!

  • Anonymous on April 7, 2013 at 2:16 am said:

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    I do not find what you write about nor tweet about as TMI. In fact I like the diversity of which you write. It keeps it never boring and well entertained! Not to many people can write like they brainstorm and accept it and go with it. It’s what I do when I write and what I would like to do if I blog as well.

    • Jun Song on April 8, 2013 at 8:38 am said:

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      Thanks so much. You’re right. Blogging is most definitely about “going with it” :)

      I enjoy writing here on my site, and appreciate messages like yours. Writing can sometimes be a lonely place. Feedback is always welcome! :)

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