Full of fire

September 8, 2013


Don’t get all excited from the banner picture – I’m not pregnant, thank goodness. I bought a bottle of prenatal vitamins because one of my friends at work said that’s what her doctor recommended when she was having hot flashes and they helped her.

That’s right. I’m going to talk about being perimenopausal. Feel free to stop reading, Sam.

For the past…… three? four? years the ‘change of life’ has been coming on slowly. Processes are grinding to a halt, and apparently the rusty gears are burning up the engine.

Holy cow. When it’s bad, it’s bad. Lloyd and I were driving home from Lincoln today and the air conditioner conked out. It was 95 degrees in the car, and I was still more comfortable than I was in church this morning. (I almost had to disrobe during the sermon.)
Here’s the best I can describe it. Most of the hour I am fine.

Then there is a warning.

Within seconds, heat floods in.

And then, I am filled with fire.

There are levels of this. Sometimes it’s just a mild hot, like I’ve exercised. (Or what I imagine exercising would be like.) Other times, it is enough to cause a sheen of sweat all over. So! HOT!

I’ve been using my point-and-shoot thermometer and my skin temp goes up about three degrees. That thing must be broken, because I’m sure I’ve hit the boiling point.

Then, it’s over. And I’m cold.

I understand that this could go on another five or ten years.


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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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6 Responses to “Full of fire”

  1. Kris Said on:

    Your illustrations are perfect!


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  3. Peggy Said on:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Laughing with you, not at you. The last picture of you on fire made me LAUGH OUT LOUD! You are spot on! My warning is always more inside my head. Like a little campfire starting behind my eyes.

    And when I have them my sunglasses steam up & even my shins break out into a sweat. I’ve had to prove that to people before.


  4. Brad Said on:

    Your picture reminds me of some show I watched as a kid, where someone read a story while someone else drew pictures with a magic marker. I was always spellbound.

    And sorry about the flashes. But I bet your cats really like you when you’re radiating heat.


  5. Kristi Said on:

    Oh, this sounds dreadful. You need to have the city put a fire hydrant in front of your house. Would that help?


  6. Jane Sommerer Said on:

    Black cohosh is worth trying. Hope you cool down soon.


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