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Cold Nights, and Hot Flashes

Updated on January 4, 2014

Mike's Common Sense

Back in the fall of of 1973 I was a young freshman at the University of Miami. I was given a room at the older dorm, Mahoney Hall. There was no air conditioning in our room, so the September nights were often pillow soaked experiences.

Late in that month, they installed a room air conditioner. My roommate Andy and I thought this would be our salvation. We were wrong. It led to us not rooming together the next year. Why? The reason was I like it cool, and he liked it COLD.

I had a job at the campus bakery that started at 05:00, so I normally would be in bed by 9:30 or 10:00. He had a rich dad, so he came to bed whenever he felt like it. The problem was I would set the air conditioner on low when I went to bed, and Andy would come in later and set it on high. At 4:15 in the morning, I would wake up to a frosty greeting.

Now I grew up in upstate NY, and the reason I went to UM was to avoid frosty mornings. So the fact that I found myself freezing, dancing around on the cold tile floor, trying to dodge snow flakes, quickly lost its appeal to me.

So long Andy.

Turn the clock ahead 40 years. Here I am once again living in Miami, (because I got real sick of being cold). Everything was going great, until my wife started going through menopause. She started experiencing "hot flashes". I really don't understand why they call them "flashes" because she is always having one! They really aren't "hot moments" either. Let just call them "hot, four years and running, never ending periods" of her life.

So here I am, with a room air conditioner in my bedroom, cranked to high, every night. I still have to work at 05:00, But since the commute is 26 miles, I now get to dance around on cold tiles, and avoid snow flakes at 3:15.

Even worse is when I come out of my hot shower, when I have to hop around like a Mexican jumping bean, to try to keep warm as I get dressed. What a funny "America's Funniest Home Videos" segment that would make! (Except that I'm naked)

I'm thinking Andy wasn't so bad after all, at least he never nagged me.

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      Sarah London 

      5 years ago

      Try the Fiber Cleanse from Lady Soma! Great product for hot flashes, menopause symptoms. Nothing else I've tried works better. I used to be able to find it in my hometown, Beaumont, Texas, but all of a sudden everyone stopped carrying it. I was excited and very surprised to find it online. If you experience hot flashes, you know what I mean.

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      trish1048 

      8 years ago

      Aww, darn! LOL

      Yes, imagination is a wonderful thing. I cultivated mine a long time ago. In fact, it's a carryover from childhood :)

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      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Trish. Sorry but no videos of me hopping around naked coming. You will have to use your imagination (I probably look better there than in real life lol).

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      trish1048 

      8 years ago

      Thanks muley,

      I'm doing fine.

      Give some serious thought to doing a funniest home video, I'd love to see it LOL

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Trish, good to see you again. I am glad you are well and avoided the dreaded hot flashes.

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      trish1048 

      8 years ago

      hi muley,

      I was very fortunate. I started menopause at around 50, and it lasted for approximately six or seven years. However, I didn't suffer hot flashes, for which I'm very grateful. I recall my poor mom suffering with those for a long time, and it wasn't pretty.

      I don't like the heat, and I don't like the cold, so I'm somewhere in the middle. I need to find a place that only has spring and fall :)

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      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Steve, you can always hope you are getting near the end, but you probably aren't.

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      SJM 

      8 years ago

      Sue has been putting up with them for about 4-5 years now. Nothin like a wide open bedroom window when it's 5 dgrees outside! The lenght of time they last seem to be shorter now so maybe we're getting near the end.

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Cricket so good to see you again! Sorry for your suffering, I suffer too.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Violet! If you don't have hot flashes consider yourself very lucky! Thank you for reading me and your nice comment.

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      ChristineRitter 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      I'm going through it now... Shewwwwwwwwwwww it is a bitch. LOL

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      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      hehe. Oh, dear... I went through the change last year, but thank God didn't get hot flashes, but had my own difficulties such as itchness. Yikes. I wrote a hub on my changes and how my mate Phil helped me with it, he even wrote his thoughts which I shared in my hub. LOL. Have you considered separate rooms as temporary solution? Your wife wont' have hot flashes forever, it should go away after her body adjusts to the drop in hormones.

      I always enjoy reading you as you talk about everything, some which the reader can relate to.

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