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Monday, April 29, 2013

I was sitting at work today, hunched over my computer and feeling very Mondayish. If you don't know what I mean by Mondayish, run away and play in the traffic, do. The only thing on my mind was concentrating on the 'to do' list (first getting it written and then getting it done).

Suddenly, I started to feel Not Right. Even by Monday's standards, not brilliant. Bit of a temperature developing, etc. I mentioned this to the colleague next to me who suggested I might be going down with something. 'I'd better not,' I said tersely. Busy busy busy, things to do. Opened the window to let in fresh air. Started to feel better quite quickly.

In fact half an hour later, felt more or less back to normal. Medium for Monday you might say.

Then it hit me. Oh yes. The thing I've been expecting, for close on 10 years appears to have manifested itself this morning, Monday 29 April 2013, in the form of a hot flush.

Oh what fresh hell is this? I'd actually convinced myself I was going to be one of the lucky few who sail through the menopause without noticing it. I'd had a few symptoms, more of the general ageing kind: wrinkly neck, nonspecific sagginess, dodgy blood pressure. Nothing definite though. Then my temperature goes stratospheric for half an hour and comes back down on its own.

So here we go. A new chapter, more excitement. Oh yes.

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WHITEANGEL4 5/7/2013 11:09AM

    It will pass in time....time....time....maybe

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KIMALEE54 5/7/2013 9:37AM

    Got a good chuckle out of this blog. I had a similar incident at work and ran out to the 2nd hand store to find a pair of shorts and a tank top so I could change out of my trousers and long-sleeved blouse. Rather alarming, isn't it ?!?

Chin up. Won't last forever. And, thanks for the morning giggle.

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KALEWINE 5/5/2013 2:59PM

    What a way to start a week!

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TAISIAKAT 5/4/2013 11:14PM

    I know how this goes. Hopefully yours will be mild and fast. Mine has been slow and depending on its mood - everything from raging hormonal lunatic emoticon to pussycat emoticon

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PENOWOK 5/4/2013 9:59AM

    Oh...I am so sorry, but at least you figured it out!

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FISHER011 5/4/2013 3:10AM

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JSEATTLE 5/3/2013 4:19PM

  I Know the feeling, going through the same thing myself. As everyone tells me, this too will pass.....

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LISA_FRAME 5/3/2013 4:02PM

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JUSGETTENBY42 5/3/2013 11:37AM

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SJKENT1 5/3/2013 11:10AM

    Windows are a must have. My hubby and I meet with a group of people for weekly bible study and one of the gals brought each of the ladies a hand fan for those moments of heat. The fan is quite lovely and works great. It really helps. One of the gals has a small one that she keeps in her purse.

Those women from long ago, knew what works during "those" times.

If you ever get a chance to see Menopause- The Musical. Do go-- it's a hoot and very, very relevant!!

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ROBB1N 5/3/2013 11:08AM

    Hot flashes are so much fun. I remember in the middle of winter, in the middle of the night, running out to lay on our concrete porch to try and cool off!

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ABUFFKIN 5/3/2013 9:08AM

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YVONNEMGG 5/3/2013 7:31AM

    Feel better , It's Friday.

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SANDICANE 5/3/2013 5:27AM

    This too shall pass....eventually....

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NEWTINK 5/3/2013 4:23AM

    I am sorry , Congratulations ummm oh Have a nice day emoticon

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CORNERKICK 5/3/2013 12:48AM

  Hang in there

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PROVERBS31JULIA 5/2/2013 11:21PM

    Fairly sure I'm in the big M, not quite reached my year, and never really had an obvious hot flash. I'll be "hot" at times but there always a logical other explanation (temperature is warm in room, too many blankets at night, dehydrated, etc.

A thought - next time you get the HF, just tell yourself you are having a "private tropical vacation"!

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Cheers!

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AMBER461 5/2/2013 8:21PM

  I feel your pain and I am sorry for you..

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SLIMLEAF 5/2/2013 5:43PM

    Life's never boring, is it?!
Best wishes.

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KAYYAK1 5/2/2013 3:12PM

  Of course you will soon discover the good side too. Lots of "no mores" .

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FATTOFIT56 5/2/2013 2:51PM

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LAURIETAIT 5/2/2013 2:36PM

    I feel your pain. My worst symptoms (night sweats without the sweats part) only lasted for 8-10 months. There is light at the end of this tunnel without a thermostat. Hang in threre.

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KAB7801 5/2/2013 2:11PM

    The yoyo begins
Good luck. It will pass or you'll get used to it

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ENG_TV 5/2/2013 1:41PM

    Been there, done that.
This too shall pass!
But congrats on a new chapter in your life...

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GRAMMAOF16 5/2/2013 12:49PM

    Oh...I feel your pain! It doesn't seem fair does it?

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1STARVINGARTIST 5/2/2013 12:16PM

    Oh no! I can understand, I am going through it too. I hope it gets better for both of us soon.
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INGMARIE 5/2/2013 11:47AM

    a bit of comfort to you ,before I go and play in the street emoticon
This to shall pass.
Not so fun while it lasts, burt as someone said, working out and eating right helps.
Take care. emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 5/2/2013 10:15AM

    Wow I see some said, (join the club) emoticon Well I guess i'm in the right place. I have heard they get better? Wonder when Well hope the at least get a little more bearable emoticon emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 5/2/2013 9:57AM

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 5/2/2013 9:17AM

    I hate the flashes and the migraines.

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NCSUE0514 5/2/2013 8:12AM

    That big M gets smaller with time!!!

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MILLEDGE2 5/2/2013 7:48AM

    It has been awhile ago for me, but I certainly sympathize with the hot flashes! The thing that really forced me to work with a physician was that my sleep was being disturbed. Etc., etc.

But let me assure you, this MAY be the beginning of the road toward feeling better than you ever have before. I REJOICE that periods are only a memory. What I hadn't realized was all the collateral ways that cycles were making me feel not-so-good: headaches, slightly blue moods, big fluctuations in retention of fluids. After the fact, I find that feeling good on a given day is much more related to things I'm actually doing to bring that about (sleep, exercise, sunshine, etc.) than hormones.

Good luck and keep good thoughts! It may take awhile to work through all this, but it is the beginning of a freedom you hadn't imagined! emoticon

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CAMAEL100 5/2/2013 7:33AM

    I relate!!! Have had a few 'moments' recently! I too thought I would sail through without any symptoms so have been attributing the 'warm glows' to anything else I can think of!! I may have to give in soon!!

Any eating better and exercising has to make it easier on us! Doesn't it?????????

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KNYAGENYA 5/2/2013 7:30AM

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KATHIC2 5/2/2013 6:54AM

  You will manage but another chapter has begun.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/2/2013 12:26AM

    Sounds like ever so much fun! Sorry it had to hit you on a Monday, of all days.


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PAMNANGEL 5/1/2013 8:44PM

    I had been looking forward to the Change for years. Finally started last year! Yay! Only had TOM twice since August. Double Yay! Every now and then I feel my personal thermostat rise for a time. Doesn't last long thank goodness! The forgetfulness is my biggest issue. Always been a little absent minded. Now the Mental Pause is much more...mmm, what was I saying?

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AJB121299 5/1/2013 8:08PM

    nice

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ALDEBARANIAN 5/1/2013 7:31PM

    Carry on.

*blushing* (hmm, women stuff. i'll be in the den watching a movie)

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AMBERZADE67 5/1/2013 6:26PM

    Oh..... I don't want to go through menopause and I am hoping I'll be able to skip it as well. Here's to denia! lol

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BONIFIANT 5/1/2013 5:08PM

    Wishing you well and hoping that you will be one of those lucky ladies who essentially sails right through the whole process with little "excitement" and very few "personal summers" as one of my daughters refers to hot flashes.
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ALIDOSHA 5/1/2013 5:00PM

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JIBBIE49 5/1/2013 4:01PM

    emoticon Great seeing your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

Went to my doctor at 48 for a yearly physical & mentioned I was having problems holding my bladder since I'd had five children. He told me he could do surgery & if I wanted he'd do a total hysterectomy. I said "Great, I don't want cervical cancer, ovarian cancer which killed Madeline Kahn, or uterine cancer." So I had it done along with a repair of my "insides" from a nine pound baby that was born face up after three hours of pushing. The surgery took six hours.
So, the next day I started on HRT and never ever had a "hot flash" or any other symptoms. I know others don't agree with HRT but I took it for 14 yrs and felt great along with Prozac, that just made me feel "normal."

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KIPPER15 5/1/2013 3:54PM

    It will pass eventually. I usually would get them at work in the middle of a rush of business. I took a soy supplement that my doctor had recommended. It helped some. emoticon

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HAPPYGIRL511 5/1/2013 3:14PM

    I'm right there with ya gf, but if its any comfort, it does get better eventually, emoticon

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ONTHEPATH2 5/1/2013 2:32PM

    Welcome to the club!!! I jokingly say now I know why women lose their minds in menopause. You never get any sleep! Between being hot, then drenched with sweat and shivering, and getting up to pee.... sleep is over rated anyhow, right!

I am sure you will find the solution that works for you! And be relieved - it doesn't last forever! This too shall pass! emoticon

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ITSALWAYSABTME 5/1/2013 2:16PM

    Mom calls me her "Hot Blooded" one. I have always been "hot" the temperature is never cool enough for me. I sleep with my window ac unit @ 60* and still wake up with hot flashes. Not menopausal yet, but my doctor said I could go early. I am afraid LOL

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SCRAPBECCA 5/1/2013 2:08PM

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FUNLOVEN 5/1/2013 12:01PM

    Welcome to the club !

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CJYOUCANDOIT 5/1/2013 11:06AM

    I am the hot flash queen. Covers on-Covers off; jacket on-jacket off. I have learned to dress in layers, drink lots of ice water, and have something to fan myself with at all times.

I did not enter this stage gracefully. It started with breast cancer and is intensified by tamoxifen that I have to take. I am almost done with it. The doctor has given me Effexor which helps. Black cohash is a natural help with hot flashes. Hormone Replacement Therapy is helpful as well. If you are just at the beginning of this you may want to check with your doctor to see what is right for you.

Good luck...I am told there is an end to this tunnel. emoticon

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