Is it a Hot Flash?

I’m sitting in an air conditioned room at the airport in Maui. I feel like I’m in a sauna.

While checking in, I experienced such stifling claustrophobia I thought a panic attack loomed on the horizon. Not that I’ve ever experienced a panic attack, but the heart palpitation, sweating and desire to scream seemed like symptoms.

In the long security line, my armpits felt like pools. Where was the cooling breeze that kept things temperate during the week-long vacation?

Since I’ve been having irrational mood swings, I decided the above episode qualified as a hot flash.

And it continues on. We’ve been in the air conditioning for more than ten minutes and yet sweat beads on my forehead with unattractive regularity.

Obviously, “flash” doesn’t describe the length of these midlife episodes. Could it be over in a flash, please?

That would be no.

I thought I might be too young to experience the ugly “change” that women everywhere endure. I like to think I’m still in my prime. Does menopause suggest otherwise?

What other exciting symptoms could I look forward to during this season? Are there any wise words and suggestions from my readers to help me survive it without killing someone?

3 thoughts on “Is it a Hot Flash?

  1. I have heard that black cohosh (herb) is a great thing to stave off symptoms. A lot of ice packs personal misting fans, and a sense of humor. Tell the people you’re around to have a sense of humor too. This is what my aunt tells me anyway, not there yet. you should also maybe webmd it.

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