Up until two years ago, my womanly life was great. Since I was a teenager everything was like clockwork. I’ve always known I was lucky while some of my friends have struggled with various problems. But as the Earth spins, everything comes back around and suddenly I’m in Hot Flash Hell! O yes my friend, the only thing you wanna do is lay naked on a bed of ice. When I feel a hot flash coming on, there is nothing to do but brace myself and hope it doesn’t last long. It’s almost like getting through a contraction. Breathe through it …… and concentrate.
Two of my friends were on a girls weekend trip where they were doing some shopping at the open markets in Round Top, when one of them exclaimed, “Girrrrrrl I need my Spray! The other turned just in time to see her showering herself with a fine mist of spray in the face. It seemed she had been having hot flashes and went to a health store where she was introduced to a spray called…….wait for it……..”Cool Hottie”.
Oh yes, the internet is flooded with information on hot flashes and many products for sale that have proven to help. I decided to try the least invasive approach and found some things that actually help with the severity of hot flashes. We all have our vices. For me they are coffee, wine and spicy foods, which are some are the main dietary triggers for hot flashes. Let’s get serious! If you know me at all, there is no way I’m giving up my coffee and wine but I do cut down on these things when HF visits. White wine instead of red seems to help as well. Unlike my business partner, Miss KCW, I’m not huge on exercise. Though very active it’s not the same, so I have started doing at least some type of exercise three times a week. It can be anything really. I mix it up and pick things I can do in and around my home. These things seem so obvious, but when you are in the hot flash haze it’s hard to assess what needs to be done. When mine started I was in a panic. There are many other options out there such as hormone therapy, prescription creams, natural supplements, sprays or what ever makes you feel better.
Things are looking up for me right now. Thank you Lord for cooler weather! I can put the “Cool Hottie” spray away until next year.