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!




About georgiajames

Business girl. Designer. Artist. Wife. You can find me in my studio, driving all over town, or at home with my dogs -- always with my phone in hand. Also addicted to blogs, photography, diet coke, and making things happen.
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6 Responses to HOT FLASHES

  1. Ha! Heather when I went thru the “real” (age causing hot flashes) I would ask the teacher next door if someone had mess with the thermostate or if I was having a “power surge” !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like the induced “flashes” are like “induced labor”…….. 100x worse!

    Good luck with round “5”!
    …………….. and complain all you want!

  2. Rara Dawg Rhodes Berry says:

    I like when you get on your hot flash spills. I think I would wig out (pun intended) with those…like a claustrophobic feeling freak out. I can’t imagine 100times a day though. I’d need crazy pills. Or Christmas tree drinks. Love you

  3. Catherine Bateman says:

    I went through those nasty flashes with an early hysterectomy. I say embrace the portable face fan. @$10.00 at Walmart.

    Stay strong, stay cool, and keep the faith. I’ll add hot flashes to my prayers for things for God to get rid of in your life;-)

    Cathy (Risa’s friend)

  4. Claudia Stallings says:

    Goodness, men get them too when their testosterone is suppressed during prostate cancer therapy. My great grandmother was still having them when she was 92!!! I almost shaved my hair off when mine started. What I remember is wishing that my mattress was icey cold! Love you. Thinking about you. Stay well so that you can get all your treatments as quickly as possible. Put me on your list when you start back working :)))))

  5. rlbates says:

    Helps to keep things off the neck (hair, collars, scarves, etc), hand held fans and ceiling fans are nice too. Hang in there girl. 🙂

  6. marti margrave says:

    Heather, i’ve just GOT to meet you face to face…i love knowing people like you and Sherry Booles! Hot flashes are the pits…no two ways about it. Yuck…just YUCK!

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