I would just like to take a moment to talk about hot flashes. I know my husband is tired of hearing me complain so I’m getting all my thoughts out here.
Before I started treatment I got a shot that put me into the early stages of menopause. With menopause comes hot flashes. For those of you who think its hot outside, you have no idea. A hot flash is a sudden rush of heat that starts in your core, moves up you neck, into your cheeks and then if you are like me, makes your entire head break out in a sweat. So long scarfs and wigs– way too hot for you with this clammy head I have.
The sudden flash has been compared to having a fever or the sensation you feel before you pass out. It only last about 3 minutes but occurs at least four times an hour. At least. And I have been counting. That’s like 100 times a day.
How is it at night? You try sleeping going from hot and clammy to cold and clammy every 20 minutes. I’m exhausted thinking about it. Sigh…
I promise to “cut down” on my hot flash complaints. I just needed to vent a bit and give some attention to a very underestimated side affect. Women going through menopause do not get enough credit. I salute all of you.
Now, time to get prepared for chemo. Round five today!