Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Seriously Hot Mama

 Around 3 a.m., I flung off my cover and then felt my own arm out of curiosity. Was it really as wet as I believed it was? Yes, very wet. With my own sweat, exuded while sleeping with a fan pointed at me.

I started taking Tamoxifen in January 2014 as a preventive measure when a nodule in my left breast had a marker that indicated a higher risk of cancer. Since my maternal gran had breast cancer, these two solid risk factors were enough to convince me — so, I began my dirty dance with Tam.

Which promptly blasted me into menopause, at age 51. While I'm sure that menopause is never a cakewalk, I have to believe that being artificially blasted into it is the worst way to go. It has NOT been fun.

And it's not like all this will stop when I go off the Tam on March 1, 2019 (not that I'm counting the days) (but it isn't December 31, 2018, as I'd hoped, because my doc reminded me that I went off it for two months for my knee surgery) (which possibly made me howl a little bit, right in her office, possibly I did that, possibly).

I've been having hot flashes and night sweats since 2014, and if anything they're getting worse or at least more frequent.

Today I consulted Dr. Google, who says, "Oh, yeah, the conventional wisdom of 'three years' turns out to be bogus, it's probably more like 7 to 11 years." Dr. Google adds that it's worse for women who are overweight and stressed. Awesome.

But wait! Dr. Google is not all Debbie Downer; there are some natural remedies, including:
Stay away from caffeine, alcohol, hot beverages, and spicy foods!
Ha. Yeah. You just named my four major food groups!! Thanks, Dr. Google.

I guess I'll live with the sweat.

Lady C


  1. I slept terribly last night because it was so freaking humid, and the hot flashes. Even with the fan blowing right on me I was so hot!I finally put on the AC at 5am and got a couple hours of sleep. XO, Mrs. Cynicletary

    1. Yikes! But I do feel better knowing that I'm not (sweating) alone. This too shall pass. xoxo

    2. Yeah, like a kidney stone.