Hello all! How’s everybody? What are you all up to? Back to work, or not? Out and about, or still keeping close to home? Whatever you’re doing, hope you’re all well. Which brings me to the subject of this post…
No, I’m not ‘ill’, don’t worry. But the last few weeks of lockdown brought me an unexpected present…
So, over the last few weeks, I have been:
Really tired, as I was waking up three or four times a night with night sweats, and needing to pee
Breaking out in hot flushes several times a day
Just generally achy
Pissed off, with all of the above
I’d begun to suspect what all this was, but after consultation with the doctor, it was confirmed. I spent some time dealing with the symptoms with lifestyle changes, such as reducing caffeine intake, but that only worked up to a point. So I’ve now been on low dose HRT for just over a week. I’m certainly feeling a bit better. It can take 3 or 4 weeks to kick in properly, so we’ll see how things go.
Long-suffering hubby really has earned his moniker over the last few weeks! He’s being brilliant, and dealing very well with snappy and irritable me. Big hugs to him.
For anyone else struggling with this, the website Menopause Matters is very helpful. And consult with your doctor. I know it’s one of those things that people might feel embarrassed talking about, but don’t be. Ask to speak to a female doctor if that helps (I did).
Yes, I know it’s perfectly natural, I’m just having a moan. 🙂 Big hugs to the people out there who are ill with, or recovering from, or who have lost someone to this virus, or anything else.
And no, going through the menopause will not make me feel less feminine. I’ve wanted my periods to f**k off for ages. 😀 I’ve never been a ‘girly girl’, but I am definitely womanly and happy with it. But I don’t believe being feminine or a woman has anything to do with whether you ovulate. Or whether you want, or have children ( I don’t – never wanted them). Or, indeed, what body parts you were born with. (But that’s a whole other post).
There’s a whole lot of s**t going on out there just now folks, so let’s be kind to each other. (And oppose the bigots who refuse to respond to kindness. If I meet any of them right now, the M-word means I’m all out of patience, so they’ll get a right earful from me)!