I’m 59 people, almost 60. Seems like menopause should have been over long ago for me, but it’s not. It is for all of my friends. Even friends who are younger than me. Just about every woman I know over the age of 45 (and some even younger) have gone through menopause. Not me. I’m pretty sure I have bad karma.
For a while it was kind of amusing. I kept telling my daughter we could have kids together. This pretty much drove her crazy. But I was amused.
But my hormonal clock kept resetting so it began to drag on. A year, or two or three. I started to lose track of when it all started. I know it’s good for me, heart wise. The longer the estrogen is around, the happier the heart is. And it lowers the risk of breast cancer. 2 great things!
But recently, 2 things have escalated to a level that are starting to bother me. 1st is hot flashes. In the beginning, they were few and very far between and pretty light. That is no longer the case. Now my ears get hot, my face flames up and my whole head starts to sweat which in turn makes my body pretty hot and sticky. And they happen several times a day. There doesn’t appear to be a specific trigger that I have figured out. Maybe there isn’t one. Maybe it’s just the hormones.
The second is foggy brain. Even on my best days, I can be a little foggy. I have one of those stream of conscious brains, the way I process things doesn’t always make sense to others, but I get things done, actually pretty efficiently. Lately though, my brain has been missing a beat. Right in the middle of doing something, I can get confused for a couple of beats. Not walking out in the street in front of cars confused, but you know, “did I already add that ingredient?” kind of confused. So I have to back track a little to determine what I’ve done and what still needs to be done. It’s really rather annoying.
The MayoClinic web site says:
“Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States.”
The way I’m going, I could pass that by a decade. I am no longer amused.
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