Since beginning Lupron shots, I've noticed that my only real side effect is hot flashes. And let me tell you, these are not the kind of Southern Belle, "I'm glistening" occurances. These are the raging hormonal, "I'm gonna sweat off a few pounds in a few minutes" kind of hot flashes. Unfortunately, it's not hot outside yet, so everyone can view and form an opinion about my flushed cheeks, splotchy neck, and bright red ears. No, I didn't just finish a run. No, I am not embarassed. I'm going through a temporary menopause, thank you very much.
My first major hot flash happened on Easter Sunday. Since I am the lead singer in our praise band and attendance at church is usually high on Easter Sunday, I got up a little early to make sure I looked nice that day. I ironed my dress pants and a nice silk blouse. I put on the panty hose, dress clothes, and heels and left the house. I only live about 3 minutes from my church. On the way there, I noticed that I got a little hot. Now, I must admit, that my body temp usually runs a little hot. I sweat pretty easily in the summer. So, I turned on the A/C in the car full blast and enjoyed the 3 minutes with all the fans on me. I rushed into the church where Hubby and the rest of the band were waiting on me and realized that I was soaked. My nice silk top was wet in the back and my long hair that I had just spent time curling was not only flat, but sticking to my neck. UGH. EW. I realized at this point that only after 2 days on Lupron, the pharmacist really wasn't joking about the hot flashes.
The next day I had a Program Committee Meeting at work. My face and ears became so red during the meeting that my Board President asked me if I was OK and began to fan me with a folder. How am I supposed to make critical decisions about my job when I'm 400 degrees?
Several nights later, I woke up at 4am. I had to get up and change my shirt because the entire back of it was soaked. How did I sweat that much, not know it, and not even move? If it weren't so gross, I'd be impressed with myself!
In the days since, I have found that holding very still helps. Is that strange? I still get hot, but I don't turn into a complete meltdown.
One day, I had what I thought was a bright idea. I felt a hot flash coming on and thought, "If I'm going to get all hot and sweaty, I might as well have a good reason." So, I got on my elliptical machine and did about 20 minutes worth of exercise. This was, in fact, NOT a bright idea. I got way too hot. Then I just felt sick the rest of the day. Don't do this to yourself ladies. Learn from my mistakes. From now on, if I feel a hot flash coming on, I'm just going to sit still. No more trying to help it out.