Hot flashes wouldn’t be so bad if you could conjure one up when you wanted one. Like when you’re running outside on a cold winter morning to retrieve the newspaper off the front step. They would actually come in quite handy if you needed to de-ice your windshield.
If only we could funnel the heat into steam we could sterilize baby bottles, save thousands of dollars on dry cleaning, and maybe even steam clean the carpets a couple of times a year. I wonder if the Pope would consider allowing hot flashes to burn off the sins of Catholic women? Sort of like a pre-payment plan.
But alas, we must suffer with hot flashes seemingly at the whim of Mother Nature. Never knowing when an assault will come. I hate being helpless.
For any non-believers in the group, let me tell you that I recently conducted an experiment. I took my temperature when I was NOT having a hot flash. 98.4… normal. Then, a few minutes later, when I felt I was at the height of a hot flash, my temperature rose to 103.6!! I had proof that hot flashes were actual physical manifestations. It didn’t do me any good, but I felt better knowing that fact.
Why don’t menopausal women burn up thousands of calories a day manufacturing all of that heat? We should be able to eat just about anything we want without gaining weight. It would only be fair, don’t you think? Good thing we can’t get pregnant. We’d have that kid baked in two weeks flat.
At the very least I think menopause should be tax deductible. Fans, air conditioning units and increased utility bills should be write offs. Grandchildren should be considered dependants. I don’t know a single grandparent who doesn’t spend more than their fair share on clothes, entertainment and schooling costs for their grandkids.
When I was younger I used to think that once my kids were grown, I’d spend all of my extra money on myself. Exotic trips to Greece and Europe. Face lifts when I needed one. I thought I’d go to a Day Spa from time to time and pamper myself. This year I took my 5 year old grandson to Disneyworld and paid his Catholic School tuition. So much for my weekly massages.
Dare I mention how much money we end up tossing to our supposedly grown children? And how many of us have to help out our elderly parents?
Is the entire world ignoring menopause? What about Hollywood? There are many famous Baby Boomers. Now that Madonna is getting up there in age, why doesn’t she film a music video based on her REAL fantasies? One where 10 Boy Toys dance around fanning her furiously with large palm branches? I don’t think Martha Stewart has done a single show suggesting how hot flashes could be put to use around the kitchen. “Forgot to take the meat out of the freezer before you went to work this morning? No problem! Simply defrost your pork chops on your lap while you drive home tonight!” I’m surprised that AOL hasn’t advertised “10 Great Hair Styles That Won’t Flop When You’re Flashing!” Or, “Not In The Mood? 7 Ways To Distract Your Man!”
Sometimes I think I’m becoming obsessed with hot flashes. I find myself wondering if comatose women get them. I question what would happen to a very sick woman with a fever of 104 degrees if she were to get a hot flash. Would she spontaneously combust? Were the survivors of the Titanic all middle aged women and those who were fortunate enough to be floating next to one?
It boggles my mind when I think of the many elderly women who have decided to retire to Florida or Arizona. Perhaps years of suffering finally leave you absolutely insane. I can only pray that burnt brain cells eventually leave you without pain.
If men had to suffer through this dismal phase of life, I guarantee there would be a cure by now. At least they would actively be working on one. What happens to them? A sudden urge to drive a Harley. An affair with a twenty something. A new convertible.