Thursday, October 28, 2010

Is it just me, or is it hot in here?

This past week has been interesting, to say the least.  I've had a few "Tropical Surges" in the past ten few years, but nothing like I've had this past week.  To say that I have been having hot flashes recently is putting it mildly.

I thought it was from the suddenly milder, almost summer-like weather we've been experiencing.  Not so.

At work, the back of my head is suddenly drenched like I just stepped out of the shower.   I find myself fanning myself with menus, and finding excuses to hang out in the walk-in refrigerator.  

Poor John.

I went to his place yesterday (Wednesday) like I always do.  I made a lasagna for him several days ago and we were having the leftovers for dinner.  Now one thing I've learned is if I eat too many carbs, I begin to sweat (I have type 2 diabetes)... and the symptoms of menopause make it worse.  I can't even think about drinking wine or other alcoholic beverage.  The sweats are insane!


I had a normal portion of lasagna, and about an hour later, it felt like someone turned the heat up... a lot!

"Whew!!!  It sure is hot in here!!"  

John tells me the heat is set at 60 degrees.  He says he feels fine.

"Well, I'm really hot!!

I'm trying not to drink any Diet Coke because I know it will keep me up all night.

Then, I start getting cranky.  He wants to watch Criminal Minds on ION TV.  It's an episode that I've seen several times and it's not one of my favorites (I love criminal Minds usually).  But it's his house, his TV. 

I went on the internet with my netbook.  It's letting off some heat and it's making me sweat even more!  So, I put that away. (now I'm REALLY cranky!)

I grab my Kindle and go into the bedroom to read.  His clock has a thermostat on it.  It's registering 75 degrees.

A little while later, John comes in and gets his shower before bed.  I'm fanning myself like crazy.

"Whew!!!  It's STILL hot in here!!!  

By now, the thermostat says 77 degrees!  

"SEE??  I'm making the temperature in here go up, just by being in the room!"

"Can't we open a window or put the air conditioner on?  You can grab a blanket for yourself out of the closet."

He agrees to open the window.  He wants to know if there's anything else he can do to make me more comfortable (he really is being a trooper )

"Well, one thing you CAN'T do is sleep with your arms around me.  I'll go out of my mind if you do that."


The window open seemed to have done the trick.  I rubbed his legs for a bit (he gets bad leg cramps sometimes) and we fell asleep.  

A little while later, I get up to go to the bathroom (another fun fun menopause symptom..... peeing several times a night, and by several I mean 5 or 6 times a night) and I find poor John sleeping as far away from me and still be on the bed  as he possibly can.  I flip my pillow over and go back to sleep.

I'm surprised he didn't throw my ass out last night!


Kathy said...

I feel your pain! It's been in the 80's here, and I am about to die! Meanwhile, my husband walks around wearing a coat, cause he's always cold! I wake up every night sweating...and I get up every night peeing--and I am on hormone replacement therapy--another whole set of issues! Tonight I had a crying spell for a stupid reason...Isn't mid-life grand? LOL

kden said...

Great post! I'm not quite there yet but I run hot all the time. I keep the thermostat at 65 in the winter and my daughter wears her robe and heats up her hot pack just to keep warm. Then I have to go to work where it's always 75. I'm so miserable while I'm there. Not looking forward to the hot flashes at all.

Lorie Shewbridge said...

Oh, do I hear you... I'm lying here with nothing on and the ceiling fan going and hubby is all covered up sleeping. I'll be headed to the potty at least twice during the night, but I have to have water by my side because my meds and the sweat make me SO thirsty. It sure doesn't help that at least one puppy has to sleep next to or on top of me all night long. Sheesh.... did somebody turn the heat on again???

SSP said...

LOL - you are hilarious....and I am afraid...i live in the friggin' desert. I can't imagine the hell I will be going through sooner or later.....

Matty said...

My wife is getting very bad hot flashes lately. I just steer clear.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hot flashes are a real pain. Hope yours ease up, I know how nasty they can be.

slommler said...

How awful! I remember those nights and days of severe hot flashes! They have pretty much gone away now so I am totally thankful for that.
Now I just freeze!! Ha!
Can't win can we?

Garret of Jim and Garret said...

Ugh. I hate being hot. I'd rather be cold and cuddle up to something. I figure you can only take so much off.

ridgely johnson said...

ever try a bag of frozen vegetables under each arm... and if it is REALLY bad- one in the groin area- these are pulse points- should bring your temp down fast- and very cold shower ;-(
feel your heat sister-
been there

linlah said...

And sometimes they linger years after the pause.

Amy said...

I know it's not funny, but your telling of it is. While I'd like to reach the end of my period days, I'm not looking forward to that.

Joanie M said...

Amy, I still get mine from time to time!! Last time was two days before my vacation in Ocean City, MD!!! Mother Nature has a sick sense of humor!!!

gayle said...

I know exactely how you feel!! Love the way you tell it!!