The heat is on

It starts at the base of my neck, a prickly sensation that spreads out across my shoulder-blades before surging to the top of my scalp, leaving me beetroot-red like some blushing adolescent.

This is a chemically-induced hot flush (flashes they call them in America). It happens about three times a day, and so far is the only side-effect I’ve experienced from the hormone pills I’m on. I count myself lucky as others have reported aching bones, weight-gain and depression.

Mildly uncomfortable, but over in seconds, and let’s face it, it would have happened anyway sooner or later.

“Your time will come,” women of a certain age used to say to me as they reached for the air-con while I sat nesh* and shivering in a jumper.

Thanks to Tamoxifen, I am nesh no more…

*Nesh is a Nottingham word which means ‘feels the cold’.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joy
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 05:50:18

    welcome to my world! x


  2. The martini effect
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 11:32:17

    Seems impossible!
    Men have hot flushes too according to i’internet!


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