I remember my mother going through them.
But I was young.
And at that time of course she seemed SO old.
She would be hot, then cold, then hot, then cold. I seriously just thought she was different.
And now here I am… sleep deprived with a fan on my desk and a jug full of emergency ice water, contemplating moving my office to a walk in freezer, thinking to myself SERIOUSLY????? Hot Flashes SUCK!
Typically I’m writing about things I know a whole lot about, sharing what I know with you. But on this one I’m stumped, and I need your help.
They came on hard and fast about a month ago.
I was on vacation with my family in upstate New York and kept thinking my body being on fire was due to the humidity that I wasn’t used to.
My home is in high desert country so it made sense right? I never did well with heat and humidity anyway.
I kept waking up in the middle of the night sweating… pushing covers off myself. Then I would wake up freezing, pulling covers back on.
Back to high desert home we went.
And my flashed not only persisted… but worsened.
Okay, perhaps I have a bug? Yeah, that’s it, I must have picked something up during my travels. (smile) Ah yes that much be it.
Tick tock the days go by, then weeks, and my hot flashes are still there.
Then the realization… NO FREAKING WAY! But I’m only 44! It’s too early!
But ah no, come to find out it’s not too early and this apparently is not uncommon.
Since I’m a research hound I’ve read everything I could get my hands on and discovered “perimenopause”, the period of time before “true” menopause, has women experiencing hot flashes and a whole host of lovely consequences of hot flashes such as exhaustion, disorientation, fogginess, depression, etc.
Lovely… just lovely.
Since at present my hot flashes are happening almost every hour of the day it looks like I’m on the extreme end of the scale as far as frequency, although mine are quick and not as severe as others. That’s at least according to my limited research with colleagues and friends in their 40’s and 50’s who when I ask them if they have experienced this, nod their heads sympathetically, chiming in unison, “Ahhhhh yes, welcome to the club Kristin.”
So I’m reaching out to my FAB Sisters… can you share your experiences and what you have done to make life more pleasant while going through this lovely “period” (no pun!).
Your “still hot, just comes in flashes” FAB Sister,