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Mum likes reading, decorating, shopping with the girls, and Starbucks. She also feels funny writing in the 3rd person. Papa (also known as Sparky) is currently looking at me with a blank stare having asked him to add something about himself to the blog. (Now he wants to say something) The only thing he loves more in life than music and Coke is his wife and kids. (Awww...) :) Little Lotte is a genius on the computer and makes me fall over laughing every day with her quick wit. She loves computers and animals. Sweet Pea abandoned her family and moved to Phoenix for work and is now married as of 2/28/06. She is beautiful and smart and the most nurturing person I know. She gave me the greatest gift ever when she made me a grandmother. I am the proud Mum Mum to Andrew Christopher. There are no words to describe the joy of having a grandson!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

7/7/07 The Lucky Day!

Sparky came home with the most beautiful pink roses for me on Thursday. I asked why and he said it's because he knows it's a tough time for me right now and I put up with him. (He actually said "Because you are menopausal and you put up with me" but I didn't want you to think he was a pig. We've been discussing the "M" word a lot lately. He didn't mean it accusingly, he meant that he knows it's a tough time.)

He was actually half right. Perimenopause (I refuse to believe it's the actual menopause) has been visiting our home. But far from me putting up with Sparky, it is quite the opposite. He is definitely the one putting up with me.

Here is a list of symptoms: (All 35)

Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling
Irregular heart beat
Mood swings, sudden tears
Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)
Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles
Loss of libido
Dry vagina
Crashing fatigue
Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom
Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
Disturbing memory lapses
Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence
Itchy, crawly skin
Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons
Increased tension in muscles
Breast tenderness
Headache change: increase or decrease
Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
Sudden bouts of bloat
Exacerbation of existing conditions
Increase in allergies
Weight gain
Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
Changes in body odor
Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head
Tingling in the extremities
Gum problems, increased bleeding
Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odor
Osteoporosis (after several years)
Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, 'whooshing,' buzzing etc.

I may or may not have had nearly ALL 35!!!!!!! in the past year.

Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling? This is the newest visitor to our home.

# of "power surges" on Thursday: 15.
# on Friday: 3.

I'm thinking of having a counter added to my blog so I can list the number per day.

All of the others? - well reading the list of symptoms made me feel like there was a man in a lab coat following me around as he put pencil to pad to record my life, thus creating this list.

If this list were a Keno card, and I had a # for every symptom I have, we would be so so rich.

Hope today is lucky for you!


Blogger ClZZER said...

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10:32 PM  
Blogger The Feathered Nest said...

The flowers are lovely and that was a sweet gesture! Have you tried changing your diet and adding some herbs and/or vitamins. That's alot of symptoms to suffer with! I take Vitex and Dong Quai (plus lots of vitamins), I try to have a bit of soy something everyday. I also find that regular exercise really helps.

Take care,


2:44 PM  
Blogger Moron Family said...

Hi Manuela,

(I am so excited to have my first decorator board poster! Yeah!!!)

I am trying the add an extra chocolate bar daily diet but I think your way will be better.

I just spoke to a friend who has a natural dr. (homeopathy or something?) and I am going to explore his suggestions.

And yes, I agree - exercise is vital. I seriously need to get a treadmill as I cannot walk in this !00+ degree weather!

You are sweet, Mauela! Thanks for the comment and excellent suggestions!! :-)

7:47 PM  

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