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Hot Flash Barbie

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This is what my Barbara Johnson calendar said for January 21:

“Have you heard about the new Barbie dolls? Hot Flash Barbie: Press Barbie’s bellybutton, and watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of perspiration appear on her forehead.  Comes with handheld fan and tiny tissues.”

Boy can I relate!  I didn’t even know I was having hot flashes when my menopause started.  That’s because I would ‘flash’ intermittently while at home on holiday (this was in December of 2012) and so I assumed it was a result of living in the tropics and being away from my air conditioned office.  

Fast forward to September last year.  I was hot, sweating, moody, tired, cramping, bloated, nauseous and confused.  I told my doctor when I went to see her that I would have to be very ill; something was seriously wrong.  After the initial examination she told me it was menopause.  I insisted it was not!  And so, she agreed to perform a series of blood tests.  Two weeks later the results were back and my doctor called me.

“Yup, it’s menopause”, she stated (with a big smile I was sure).

“What? It can’t be!” I exclaimed.  “You mean all of those pretend flashes were real?  And why didn’t mummy tell me?”

There you have it.  I am going through menopause and not resisting it, but not loving it.  I sleep on a big beach towel with a smaller towel at hand because hot flashes wake you up constantly during the night leaving you with soaked sheets and clothing.  I do not leave home without my fan (a cute one similar to what sweet little old ladies use to fan their faces with in church), a wad of Bounty paper towels and a large bottle of water.  I have a standing fan at work all to myself but laugh with my co-workers when I have to hurriedly whip out my fan to cool off – in spite of a super huge AC unit.  I wear two shirts in a hot country now, and do not care how fat I look.  I can jump right under the fan at home to cool down and then dive under two blankets to warm up – yes, you are either very hot or very cold; there is no nice in between.  My son does not understand why the littlest of things will upset me the most, and retreats to the safety of his room whenever I lose it.

I do however worry about fitting into my clothes ever again because no matter how much I exercise or eat right, I cannot get rid of the bloating or looking as though I am four months pregnant.  I will admit too that the Evening Primrose oil with flaxseed and the Omega 3 supplements have helped a lot and instead of flashing on the hour (for five minutes each time), I flash less frequently; there is hope!

I know I am closer to the end than I was at the beginning of this journey and I am thankful; I just wish I could sweat less and smile more during this interesting change of life.

Leave a comment if you can relate.

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Author: galeweithers

Barbadian mother of teenager; lover of laughter; happy to follow God's lead to be a rainbow in the lives of others.

7 thoughts on “Hot Flash Barbie

  1. A related post which reinforced that women going through menopause are not alone: http://www.blogher.com/estrogen-out-doghouse-0

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  2. I’m not there yet, but it doesn’t sound like fun at all. I’m thinking I want to skip that phase if I could please. Lol. Bless you gal.

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    • It’s not fun most of the time and the women all telling me to ’embrace this time’ in my life have not gone through it as yet so go figure. I heard however that if you start taking Evening Primrose Oil regularly from the time you are 35 it’s not as bad. Hope you still have time!

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  3. I better get me some Evening Primrose Oil and let that marinate in my system. I still have a few years to go. Thanks for the tip. Isn’t funny how menopause is one of the least talked about subject?

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  4. Lollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.

    Lucinda Mc Intosh

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  5. Hey Gale, great article. You should check out Exert Smart Body Coolant, the once a day spray for hot flashes/night sweats. I guarantee you will “sweat less, and smile more.” Click here for more information! http://www.exertco.com

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