Hot Flashes and Chicago Winters

I know what you’re thinking “you’re much too young to be having hot flashes.” (wink) But the fact of the matter is, I’ve been having them for about five years now – ever since the ole hys-to-rect-o-my.

Having hot flashes are a big fat PAIN IN THE REAR! For all you clue-less folks out there let me try and describe to you what it’s like.

You’re sitting in a very important business meeting wearing your freshly pressed white blouse. While you’re chattin- it up business-like you suddenly find yourself ON FIRE from the inside out! You look down to notice your underarms are drenched in sweat somewhat like Michael Jordan during an NBA game. And there’s not one thing you can do about it. About thirty seconds later, you’re back to freezing again, but left with the reminiscence in the form of stained under-arms. I know, that’s gross.

And what about night sweats? Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with the same On-Fire sensation only to find myself lying in a drenched bed in which I try to blame on my dog, Buddy. But that doesn’t seem to cut it after a few times – and after throwing the covers on my husband to avoid spontaneous combustion – my husband looks over at me with looks that could kill, rolls over and tries to go back to sleep. After all, it is 3 am.

Here it is Fall once again in the Midwest and the only thing I can say I’m looking forward to is the ease of cooling off in a Chicago Winter.

I’ve often said the only good thing about Winters in Chicago are an instant cool-off for a menopausal woman. I literally run into my garage for a five minute cool-down and then I’m back to normal in no time.

According to Medicine.Net 80% of women will stop having hot-flashes after five years. If those stats are true perhaps I’m almost done!.

Here’s a funny video on Hot Flashes from my friend Karen Rinehart. Enjoy and have a fantabulous weekend.

About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked with the elderly and their families for over 30 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes". As an ElderCare Expert and Keynote Speaker, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and passion, to educate and promote self-care values to family caregivers and the community at large.
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