Hot Flashes, Cold Nights

Mike’s Common Sense

Back in the fall of of 1973 I was a young freshman at the University of Miami. I was given a room at the older dorm, Mahoney Hall. There was no air conditioning in our room, so the September nights were often pillow soaked experiences.

Late in that month, they installed a room air conditioner. My roommate Andy and I thought this would be our salvation. We were wrong. It led to us not rooming together the next year. Why? The reason was I like it cool, and he liked it COLD.

I had a job at the campus bakery that started at 05:00, so I normally would be in bed by 9:30 or 10:00. He had a rich dad, so he came to bed whenever he felt like it. The problem was I would set the air conditioner on low when I went to bed, and Andy would come in later and set it on high. At 4:15 in the morning, I would wake up to a frosty greeting.

Now I grew up in upstate NY, and the reason I went to UM was to avoid frosty mornings. So the fact that I found myself freezing, dancing around on the cold tile floor, trying to dodge snow flakes, quickly lost its appeal to me. So long Andy.

Turn the clock ahead 30 years. Here I am once again living in Miami, (because I got real sick of being cold). Everything was going great, until my wife started going through menopause. She started experiencing “hot flashes”. I really don’t understand why they call them “flashes” because she is always having one! They really aren’t “hot moments” either. Let just call them “hot, four years and running, never ending periods” of her life.

So here I am, with a room air conditioner in my bedroom, cranked to high, every night. I still have to work at 05:00, But since the commute is 26 miles, I now get to dance around on cold tiles, and avoid snow flakes at 3:15. Its even worse after my hot shower when I come out of my bathroom hopping around like a Mexican jumping bean, trying to keep warm as I try to get dressed.

What a funny “America’s Funniest Home Videos” segment that would make! (Except that I’m naked)

I’m thinking Andy wasn’t so bad after all, at least he never nagged me.

2 thoughts on “Hot Flashes, Cold Nights”

  1. Oh noooo…..menopause. I had a friend who went through it for almost 7 years. I had a hysterectomy at 47 but I kept my ovaries because I wanted to make my own hormones without needing pills. 3 months after my surgery I had hot flashes non stop…it was horrible. I thought for sure my ovaries were damaged some how. But my Dr told me that the Ovaries go through trauma and it takes around 3 months for them to start functioning again. And sure enough…they kicked in and I was fine. BUT….during my hot flashes my sister gave me some natural Menopause and Hormone balance elixir from this place online called Check it out. They have wonderful products. Now that I am 50 1/2 I started what I thought was hot flashes last year. I thought…oh no…I kept my ovaries and they only lasted 2 years? Mind you…I put some weight on and didn’t think twice about it. I recently had a health check up and blood work done to verify that I started menopause and the results came back fine. My levels were all normal. So what else could it be? MY WEIGHT! Ugh. I kinda like my bigger butt but not at the cost of these on and off hot flashes 😀 I actually started a somewhat KETO eating routine sometime ago but stopped it because…well….how long can you eat bacon…rib eyes…pork belly…..avocados….eggs…cheese…heavy cream…did I say CHEESE ? I stopped Keto a few months ago because of my worry about cholesterol. I wanted to talk to my Dr and a nutritionist before I started it again. I met with them during my physical and I am diving back in. But it isn’t a lifestyle I want to keep up for long term. I am ok with Plant Based because I have a Vegan son who I love to cook for. Anyhow….that could be another discussion in another post.

    I hope your wife passes through her menopause years soon…for your sake and hers. But don’t forget to check out

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