I’ve reached that stage of life when I really wish I had my mother to explain the Birds and the Bees to me. Only in my advanced age, it would be The Vultures and the Wasps.
I have a vague recollection of my mother stumbling through menopause. But it was at the same time I was traversing the joys of teenage angst while teetering on platform shoes and at the same time wearing pants with an 18″ circumference around the hem. Good times.
If my sweet mother were here, she would no doubt secretly enjoy the fact that her only daughter is facing mid-life flanked with 3 children under the age of 13 — two of whom are girls. She would also be enjoying the weekly phone call that I make to my dad, apologizing for everything I put them through during puberty and beyond.
My husband is now the happy witness to my ever-changing mood and temperature fluctuations. He especially enjoys my nightly ritual of kicking off ALL of the covers clear into the kitchen while asking, “Is it hot in here, or am I in hell?” The woman he married years ago would wander through the house in a parka, especially when the male of the household had control of the thermostat in the summer months. Thick socks and flannel pajamas were the wardrobe of choice at night.
Now everyone is all: PUT SOME CLOTHES ON WOMAN! I no longer argue about the thermostat setting…even if I did know how to work the stupid thing…which I do not. Nobody tells you your hair follicles are going to revolt in midlife either, that you will develop bends and waves that defy gravity.
Don’t even get me started about the stubborn gray hairs, which I’ve earned, to be sure. The only thing that has saved me is a choice group of women friends who don’t mind sharing their experiences of both pre and post menopause. One girlfriend gave me something constructive to ward off the hot flashes.
This delightful invention hangs around your neck and blows UPWARDS. However, I find that I have to hide it from the rest of the family, as it is popular during the Africa-hot summer months here in Florida.
I was delighted to see that Poise also has a line of products dedicated to addressing my peri-menopausal needs, such as a Roll-On Cooling Gel that will help to PUT OUT THE HOT FLASH FIRE by applying a cooling gel onto the wrists, neck, and chest and will last for up to 10 minutes.They have also created a line of Body Cooling Towelettes for the same purpose.
Poise is continuing to help the cause by rallying 1 million women to pledge to have The 2nd Talk by World Menopause Day on October 18th of this year. By joining the conversation, women will attain more menopause knowledge, support, and solutions. Join the conversation at The2ndTalk.com. What a comfort it is to know that I’m not alone.
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