Is it hot in here, or is it just me?
Yes, it's just me!
I'm enjoying my fifties - feeling wiser, happier with who I am and enjoying the freedom that having grown up, independent daughters brings. However, I'm not enjoying some of the physical changes that come with the fifties - namely the hot flushes.
I find myself heating up on an hourly basis, throughout the day and night. Each spell only lasts about five minutes but it is so unpleasant when it happens. Then, in-between the flushes, I get cold and shivery. There's a feeling of anxiety that seems to accompany each flush, and don't get me started on the perspiration! My washing and ironing activity has more than doubled. My nights are disrupted because each hourly flush wakes me up and leaves me uncomfortably wet with sweat.
I'm having to learn to adapt to the changes that are taking place, find ways of coping. The advice given is wear layers so that you can peel them off when you have a flush - I find myself constantly dressing and undressing myself and who wants to be bothered with buttons and sleeves at a time like this. So, trying to remain positive, I think the answer lies in shawls - so simple to wear and easy to throw off when the going gets hot.
I've been browsing the knitting and crochet patterns on Ravelry and there are a number of stylish shawls that take my fancy (I don't want to look like an old granny!) Here are the ones that I'm considering-
|1902 A - Ladies Scarf|
|Summer Sprigs Lace Scarf|
|The Crow Waltz Shawl|
So maybe knitting cardigans will have to take a back seat whilst I make myself a selection of shawls to co-ordinate with my wardrobe.
Meanwhile the best advice I've read for dealing with a hot flush is to stick your head in the freezer - it actually does help!
And if anyone has any other advice on coping with flushes, I would welcome their comments.