For the past couple of years, my wife has been going through menopause.
While I sympathize with her many symptoms, the hot flashes and night sweats are the biggest problems.
She randomly gets extremely overheated. Her face flushes and she starts to sweat. She also seems to run at a higher temperature now. Where she once constantly complained of feeling cold and kept turning up the thermostat, the opposite is now true. We used to pay huge heating bills and she never wanted to run the air conditioner. Now, she’d rather not turn on the furnace. When it’s forty degrees outside and I can practically see my breath inside, she is not happy if the heating system kicks on. I walk around in thick sweaters and often wear my jacket in the house. Even during the summer, I need to bundle up. We can never open the windows and let in some fresh air. The air conditioner blasts non stop. She sets the thermostat so low that there’s never a relief from the influx of freezing cold air. Our monthly electric bills are huge. The wear and tear on the air conditioner is tremendous. It’s especially bad at night. She likes to lower the temperature setting by a couple of degrees. I pile on the blankets and still shiver. Even in the car, she turns the air conditioner up to maximum speed. I sometimes find an excuse to head outside just to warm up a bit. I am anxious for the symptoms of menopause to pass. It has been tough on both of us and directly impacts our budget.