Category Archives: Hot Flashes

BlowMeCool! A Review and Giveaway

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Look at this lovely lady!

She’s so cool, she’s almost blue,

She’s the wind behind the new BlowMeCool mini-fan.

So tiny it fits in your palm (not to mention your purse or pocket), the fan is designed to take the heat out of those hot flashes.

Blow Me Cool

The fan runs for two hours thanks to batteries you recharge with a standard USB.  How convenient is that?

It’s light weight, easy to use, sends out a nice amount of air, and the charge  on mine definitely held a long time.  It’s safe, too, around little fingers if you’re a grandma like I am.

Check out the BlowMeCool website to learn lots more.

And to see the full force of that mighty wind, don’t miss this video, which features dominoes!

Giveway: The way cool and generous folks at BlowMeCool are offering a fan to a lucky Friend for the Ride Reader. To enter the contest, simply leave a comment by August 30 saying that you’d like to be the winner.

Blow Me Cool Fan

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The Flower Cooler: A Hot Flash Remedy

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Mae Lee in Flower Cooler

A post by florist Mae Lee Brizendine.

Everyone thinks that working in a florist is a heavenly job and it is most of the time.

But, when you work with four cold-natured women and you are going through menopause with all of the hot flashes that ensue, it can be a hellish experience.

On some occasions I have resorted to taking up residence in our flower cooler just to get a little cool air on my other-wise constantly steaming body.

My hot flashes are not exactly “flashes” but rather hot, sweaty, steamy “constants.”

I stay hot all the time while my co-workers shiver and turn up the heat.

I never wear sweaters anymore and the cute scarves everyone is wearing now send me over the edge.  This blazing heat in my body seems like it will go on forever.

However, my doctor tells me that this too shall end.  Ten years seems like a long time to walk through this hellish time in my life.

I guess it could be worse.

I could be freezing like my co-workers and friends, but at least they get to wear those cute scarves and sweaters, while I chill out in the cooler in my short sleeve cotton shirt.

So, the next time you’re thinking how much fun it would be to work in a florist, consider the flower cooler as a perk, if you’re going through menopause.

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Mae Lee Brizendine is a florist at the Flower Patch in Hillsborough, North Carolina.  Her husband Bob is the pastor of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church. They make a great team, especially for weddings and funerals!

Bob and Mae Lee Brizendine

Hot Flashes! Some Tips

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 Some hot flash tips sent to you from health writer Arianna Solimene:

With the decline of estrogen levels in the body and the onset of menopause, the always-dreaded hot flash effects women of all ages. While hot flashes aren’t completely preventable, there are some steps you can take to manage the overwhelming symptoms.

Step 1

The first step to preventing hot flashes is avoiding tobacco and heavy alcohol consumption. While not a direct cause, both are known to trigger hot flashes in women. Other things to avoid include stress, caffeine, spicy foods, and heat. Because triggers for hot flashes are different for every woman, it’s important to observe and recognize what brings on hot flashes for you.

Step 2

The next step is easier said than done. Relax. More times than not, anxiety and stress can worsen hot flashes. It is important to focus on breathing or meditation to practice relaxation techniques.

More tips for preventing hot flashes

Other ways to prevent hot flashes include exercise, eating well and staying cool. Often, sudden changes in body temperature can trigger a hot flash. Common techniques for staying cool are wearing layers so that you can peel them off, freezing wash clothes so you can place them around your neck, or sleeping in a cool environment at night.

While hot flashes are a normal symptom of menopause and are not a medical problem, some women find them so uncomfortable that they choose to seek medical treatment. This often includes hormone treatments, medications, acupuncture and more.

Although the annoyance of hot flashes is not completely preventable, it’s important to take these steps to manage the symptoms. By living a stress free and healthy lifestyle, you will able to manage & hopefully avoid regular hot flashes.

Arianna Solimene is a staff writer for NorthShore, an integrated health system with dedicated medical offices and hospitals in Chicago. The core mission of NorthShore University HealthSystem is to preserve and improve human life. Visit NorthShore today for personalized wellness services today.

Top Photo: Thanks to the kind shopkeeper at the North Carolina State Fair who let me flash a picture of her hot flash magnet!

Photo Below:  Here’s writer Arianna, with miles to go before the Great Pause!

 

From the Muck of Menopause

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Menopause is mucky. Periods so weird they would scare a lady swamp monster.  Breasts that feel like water balloons ready to pop.   Sleep?  In a bed all night long?  Impossible!

The emotional stuff is even more mucky.  Muck . Muck.  Muck.

When I walk on the marsh boardwalk at Bald Head Island, I get really close to the muck.  The muddy swampy squishy kind of  muck.  I like to lean down and study it.

Then I look up again and see the expanse of marsh in front of me.  What beautiful grasses rise from the muck!

I’m not as lovely as the  marsh, and  I’m certainly not that fresh and green, but from the muck of menopause grows me.

And from the muck of menopause grows you.  Wiser.  Tougher.   Braver.  Smarter.  And even though my kids (or yours) might not agree, we’re cooler too in our own way, despite any hot flashes.

When my daughter Laura was in first grade, she loved a book in which the barnyard critters proclaim, “O lovely mud!”

I won’t go so far as to say, “O lovely menopausal muck,” but I take heart when I think about the green swaying grasses of the marsh.