Monday, July 28, 2008

Hormones

Okay everybody, I'm still here.
I'd like to make excuses for the scarcity of posts so far this summer.
I'm renovating.
My mom's been visiting.
My daughter moved home.
My daughter's found a new roommate and will be moving back out (this Friday!)
I'm going to my youngest sister's wedding. (Wednesday)
These things are all true, but. . .
If I'm truthful they are not the main reason I haven't been blogging as often.
Hormones are.
They are pretty pesky, these hormones, as I navigate perimenopause.
My hormones have been playing tricks on me since I was about 36, so I've been struggling with this for a good seven years and there are times. . .
The worst of it has past, for which I'm very thankful.
At it's worst, I had severe anxiety, hot feet (still get that), crankiness, sadness, and, well, the list goes on. . .
These days it's just a general feeling of the blahs. I don't feel blah all the time of course, just enough to slow me down and frustrate me intensely.
I mean come on people! I don't have time for this! I have things to do!
Being sensitive to hormonal changes seems to run in our family.
My sweet quite little grandma who took care of the customers in the family bakery almost assaulted a customer with a loaf of french bread when she was going through the 'Change' (it got so bad that she wasn't allowed in the front for months! )
So. . .
I'm trying to be kind to myself. To remind myself that this is just another of life's passages. To be as forgiving of myself as I would a friend.
This too shall pass, and when it does. . .
I'll be blogging up a storm!
And no, I still don't have a new bathroom.

6 comments:

momofcrt said...

Ah Rosa, I'm going through it with you. I started early last year.
I also get the anxiety attacks, the hot flashes etc. Far to young in my opinion, I'm not quite 40.
There are days when you just wish it would go away and you can be "normal" again hey?
Chin up, you're right it's something we have to get through. That's why we have friends and family to support us and understand us (even when we can't understand ourselves)

Jenny said...

Oh, that totally stinks. I'm so sorry you're having to go through this already. 36? Really? That's where I am, and I can't handle my regular anxiety most days, much less add that in. Kudos to you for recognizing it.

I'm so glad you're safe and look forward to your bathroom update.

Hugs,
Jenny

Rosa said...

Hey Marie, there are many days I wish I could just feel like myself again, but you're right, that's when family and freinds are most important.

Jenny,I didn't actually recognize the problem until some years later, which made things more difficult as I felt there was something 'wrong' with me. It wasn't until I happened to read a women's health book that I finally relized what my problem might be. I had my doctor test my hormone levels and discovered that they had started dropping. That is when I finally realized what was going on. It was quite a relief!

Marty said...

Rosa, I hope this doesn't last for long, I enjoy your happy sunny blogs !

Brenda Kula said...

Rosa, welcome to the Menopause Society Club. I just started it this minute! Yesterday someone from another blog asked me questions about this very subject, likely because I'm so open about it. I tried to give her the info it's taken me three years to formulate for own sanity! I'll be happy to share any of it with you! Just realize your emotions will flip-flop, run the gamut, and you'll be "testy." That said, be good to yourself, hon.
Brenda

marina said...

Oh, it must be terrible for you but...it will pass like everything. Believe it or not my hormones have been playing tricks on me since my first period!!!

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