Monday, August 17, 2009

Summertime, and the Livin' Ain't Easy--Summer Colds, Hot Flashes & Canine Antics

One reason summertime ain't easy right now is that I have a summer cold, which is completely ridiculous and unacceptable. I think this might be why I couldn't sleep the other night.

BTW, you know how I wrote about Zoe watching me and quoted Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me" shower lyrics? Well, within a couple of hours after that, I finished my shower, opened the shower door, and there she sat, staring up at me. It was a case of life imitating the art of my blog, I guess.

Back to the post: another reason it ain't easy is that the hot flashes are back. I had a few last year, and then "poof" they were gone, and now they're back. For those of you who haven't experienced it yet, I can tell you that is the weirdest sensation. I actually start feeling it in my legs first, and then it moves to my trunk and from there radiates enough heat that I could hold a marshmallow in my hand and organically, spontaneously toast it. But how ridiculous. Whoever heard of knees sweating before anything else on a body?

It's also not easy because my running is killing me. It's the heat. I just can't do it. So I try for early morning or late at night, and that's not working so well.

An odd thing happened the other day when I was running which has made running definitely less easy for me. I turned down a street that is not normally on my path, and all of a sudden, not one but two Great Danes started their WOOOFing at me, running until they reached the ends of their chains which jerked them back. Scared me to death. The owner just sat on her front porch, yakking away on her phone while I almost peed my pants.

But that's not the end of it. As soon as my Fight or Flight response settled down, I heard a dog approaching me quickly from the back. He was smaller, because nothing is bigger than a Great Dane, I guess, and he was NOT happy that I was on his turf. His owner was in her yard and watched me stop in my tracks and yell at him, "NO! Go HOME! NO!" while he just ran circles around me barking like a maniac, rabid thing.

So then I would walk a few steps, and he would go bonkers again. Then I'd stop, and he would run circles around me. All the while I'm yelling "No!" which has the same effect as if Jorge yelled "No!" as I reached my hand into a bowl of Peanut M&M's. This spectacle went on for years.

Finally, I turned around to the owner and in a fit of desperate incredulity yelled, "Are you going to come and get your dog??" Like, "Oh, come ON. What is wrong with you? Rescue me, Lady!"

And she replied, "I would if I could!"


So I fought this ankle biter all the way to the end of the block. I guess when I turned the corner I left his territory, and I'm sure he felt superior.

I cannot tell you how ANGRY I was at that moment. I wanted to say and do a sundry of mean things.

So I just started praying to calm down, and then I started hypothesizing about what "I would if I could" might mean.

"Perhaps she just had a round of chemo."
"Perhaps she has heart problems."
"Perhaps she is on house arrest."
"Perhaps the dog was initially chained up but he overpowered her, chained her up and ran like the wind."

I was just trying to think of anything to arouse forgiveness.

Also, this last week I have been learning a new software program at work. You can imagine how not fun this is.

Let me finish on one good note, though: My laundry room is almost complete! You will be shocked at what I ended up choosing. It is very "not me." Which can be a good thing.


Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Did you have mutton in your pockets or something?

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Oh the joys of peri-menopause!!

Skoots and I have had good success with soy. I am not sure why but adding soy milk or soy nuts to my diet on a regular basis has helped my hot flashes. I make a smoothie with soy milk and frozen fruit and yogurt.

8 oz soy milk (plain)
1/2 cup FF plain yogurt
abt 1 cup fz fruit of your choice
1 small ripe banana
splenda (to taste)

I feel your pain my friend!


Love Bears All Things said...

I just can't stand having dogs running loose. It is one of my pet peeves. You could easily have been bitten.
I am right there with you with the heat waves. I was taking HRT until this Spring. I was having night sweats and flashes but they were mild. I decided when I turned 60, I would stop taking the pills. Now, I have these giant flashes. I can be cold one minute and sweating the next. I don't think these ever end.
I'm going to try the soy as suggested by your friend in comments. It comes in bars, I've noticed. I have a friend who makes the smoothies too. She uses the vanilla flavored soy milk.
I had you in my favorites. It had been a while since I'd been by for a visit.
Have a great week,
Mama Bear

Chris said...

Oh golly Linda~~I so relate to your anger and your theories as to why that weirdly passive owner of that agressive dog was so ineffective....I think stuff like,"maybe she just sprained her ankle really badly and is waiting there for the paramedics to rescue her.." "maybe she's partially paralyzed and waiting for the anti-paralysis meds to kick in?" "maybe she suffers from post-traumatic-dog-syndrome and her psychiatrist recommended that she not confront her pooch?" and lastly: " Lord, help me help me help me not want to throttle her!!"

I'm rooting for you~~
hot flashes stink....

Lois Lane II said...

HAHA! My dad goes walking twice a day, and he passes up pit bulls, who have a time or two chased after him. However...he brings pepper spray with him...pepper spray...for bears (no joke).

Susanne said...

Just another reason why I don't run. (I'll take any excuse I can find! ;v)) Glad it didn't go any farther with that second dog. That is scary and what a bizarre response from the woman.

Latte With Me said...

Hello Lid!!! I lvoe the new design - very pretty. It could've been like this for a while but Google Reader doesn't tell me when you've redecorated.

The blister blog - ewwwww. I'm just saying.


Jewel said...

Maybe the dog despised her ever more than it despised you!

Greg C said...

Every night I go to sleep in a little place called the icebox. I go to bed first and grab all the blankets I can get but when Mrs Heater comes to bed, all the covers are tossed off the bed and I lay there shivering. She on the other hand is "burning up" Help.

I think I would have to go home and get a big stick and return to that street with the dog, and use the stick on the owner. That burns me up.

I am learing new software too. Aint it fun.

Beverlydru said...

ON the hot flashes... another herbal remedy is my answer and makes all the difference. It's a blend with black cohosh and other things. Keeping estrogen and progesterone balanced through this time is the trick and it doesn't happen if you don't use something to help, in my experience. I'll pray for you and you pray for me!!

sara said...

I saw Lois Lane's comment....I agree. you need to carry pepper spray!!! yikes!

Can't wait to see the laundry room!

Becky said...

Not sure about the pepper spray but a squirt bottle set on "stream" might do the trick.

Kim said...

Dogs here are undisiplined and allowed to run the streets, usually in packs. But oddly enough, even the dogs rest during siesta time. So guess when we try to take our walks :-)

Summer colds are the worst. Somehow we expect to get sick in the winter but it seems especially offensive to catch cold in nice weather. Hope you start feeling better soon!

And that the hot flashes go "poof!" again :-) Mine are very different. I only get hot from the shoulders up, but you could fry an egg on my head when I'm having one. Needless to say, I turn VERY RED but in a splotchy kind of way so it is appears I'm either really embarrassed about something or suffering from some dread disease. I personally think perimenopause is the real curse on women. Childbirth is over in a matter of hours, this lasts for YEARS.

Kathryn Magendie said...

That is one of my pet peeves (so to speak) - pet owners who allow their pets to roam like that ...and esp dogs who are aggressive and the owners act clueless - errgh! It's not fair to the dogs, either!

skoots1mom said...

imagine the guards singing outside the witch's castle, chanting...
soy, we, soy, we ALLLLLLL soy...
soy, we, soy, we ALLLLLLL soy...

that should be our new theme song as we wheel our way through perimen- and's an enslavement, for sure!

I wish I could make it all go away, and I want to always lay down my 50-yo bones in the chest freezer!
I take black cohash, drink my soy, eat soy nuts, and I'm on HRT ... and i still have them. i'm thinking about investing in that dna/hormone testing for a dna-specific natural remedy.

hope yours calm down soon :)

Brenda Susan said...

ugh hot flashes are awful! Mine finished & then came back recently. I take an over the counter pill that totally got rid of them, but it has to be in your system for a week before it works. It is Estroblend, the Walmart brand of Estroven.

Jenny wren's nest said...

very vanilla soy milk is my favorite.

LynnMarie said...

I was one of those woman that never got the hot flasses! Yes there are a few of us, according to my doctor. She told me that some woman never get them, not even one! So I can't relate to that but I can relate to the dogs being loose. I use mace spray on the dogs that will not leave alone and if the owner is right there and does nothing!! Well I'm so tempet to use it on them too. Just saying.