Sunday, January 23, 2011

Is It Hot in Here?

So after dinner this evening, I was playing the piano, and started to feel very warm.  I ignored it.  Grabbed a book, started to read.  Warmer.  Not much later, my heart was racing, my cheeks felt hot, my chest felt hot, and my stomach a little nauseated.

What the hell?

I can't be flashing already, I only started the Tamoxifen this week.  Come on, are you kidding me?

I went into the bathroom to take a look at myself in the mirror.  Yup.  Rose red cheeks.

Oh my gosh.  I am flashing.


Then I thought about the dinner I made tonight.  Shrimp with basmati rice, and zucchini, broccoli and cauliflower, sauteed with coconut oil and curry.

"Is curry a stimulant?" I thought.

I looked it up and found all kinds of articles about certain foods that may trigger a hot flash, and curry was mentioned in several of them.  Everyone is different, and you may need to keep track of your own responses, but here are some of the common foods to be aware of.

Food That May Trigger a Hot Flash
Spicy foods, including chili and curry.
Refined Sugar.
Hot drinks.

Tips to Cool Down Or Avoid a Hot Flash
A cool drink or shower.
Avoid the sauna, hot tub or even a hot shower.
Wear cool, loose fitting clothing.
Keep your rooms cool, open a window, have a fan blowing to circulate the air.  At night, keep your bedroom cool.
Deep breathing.
A No. 209 gin martini, stirred, chilled glass, olives, served by Josh Morrow, in a towel.

Ok, you caught me.

That last one goes in the "Guaranteed to Trigger a Hot Flash" column.


rochambeau said...

Hi Writer Gurrl!
May this be the year of the fabulous health! May your heart remain open and you be healed completely!

Truly sorry to hear about the Tamoxifin, that you have to take it and that it makes hot flashes! You have been through enough already!! As weird as it may sound, I'm thankful there is this drug that can help you become healthy and whole. Each flash is bring you one step closer to fabulous health.

Because of you, I looked up this drug in Wiki. It seams it works with estrogen and the endocrine system. It's a little over my head but this I do know: Our body temp is regulated by the Hypothalamus gland,(located in the brain, in between the eyes). It is fueled by estrogen, it's also the gland that attends to our digestion system.

Thank you for mentioning the food triggers flashes too! Me being a guinea pig, you are right!

Thinking of you.
You have no idea how much your comment meant and means to me.

May today you find the beauty in Ordinary and the Sacred in a smile or flower or a blue sky.


writergirldreams said...

Constance, good morning, you are hysterical, thank you so much, not for the comment, BUT FOR THE LETTER!!!!!!! and I like how you write my name with an emphasis on the growl! Yours will go on record as the longest comment I ever received! You really tickle me Lady. Thank you so much for all your wishes for me, thank you so much, and for letting me peek into the wonderful, creative life you live.

You my dear are a life force that recharges other life forces! hug hug Constance, wgd

starfish said...

I don't have hot flashes yet. But if I did - it would be John Corbett or Josh Holloway :))))

writergirldreams said...

Starfish. Yummy. Thanks for playing along. wgd

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