Hot Flash Barbie

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This is what my Barbara Johnson calendar said for January 21:

“Have you heard about the new Barbie dolls? Hot Flash Barbie: Press Barbie’s bellybutton, and watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of perspiration appear on her forehead.  Comes with handheld fan and tiny tissues.”

Boy can I relate!  I didn’t even know I was having hot flashes when my menopause started.  That’s because I would ‘flash’ intermittently while at home on holiday (this was in December of 2012) and so I assumed it was a result of living in the tropics and being away from my air conditioned office.  

Fast forward to September last year.  I was hot, sweating, moody, tired, cramping, bloated, nauseous and confused.  I told my doctor when I went to see her that I would have to be very ill; something was seriously wrong.  After the initial examination she told me it was menopause.  I insisted it was not!  And so, she agreed to perform a series of blood tests.  Two weeks later the results were back and my doctor called me.

“Yup, it’s menopause”, she stated (with a big smile I was sure).

“What? It can’t be!” I exclaimed.  “You mean all of those pretend flashes were real?  And why didn’t mummy tell me?”

There you have it.  I am going through menopause and not resisting it, but not loving it.  I sleep on a big beach towel with a smaller towel at hand because hot flashes wake you up constantly during the night leaving you with soaked sheets and clothing.  I do not leave home without my fan (a cute one similar to what sweet little old ladies use to fan their faces with in church), a wad of Bounty paper towels and a large bottle of water.  I have a standing fan at work all to myself but laugh with my co-workers when I have to hurriedly whip out my fan to cool off – in spite of a super huge AC unit.  I wear two shirts in a hot country now, and do not care how fat I look.  I can jump right under the fan at home to cool down and then dive under two blankets to warm up – yes, you are either very hot or very cold; there is no nice in between.  My son does not understand why the littlest of things will upset me the most, and retreats to the safety of his room whenever I lose it.

I do however worry about fitting into my clothes ever again because no matter how much I exercise or eat right, I cannot get rid of the bloating or looking as though I am four months pregnant.  I will admit too that the Evening Primrose oil with flaxseed and the Omega 3 supplements have helped a lot and instead of flashing on the hour (for five minutes each time), I flash less frequently; there is hope!

I know I am closer to the end than I was at the beginning of this journey and I am thankful; I just wish I could sweat less and smile more during this interesting change of life.

Leave a comment if you can relate.

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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

7 thoughts on “Hot Flash Barbie”

    1. It’s not fun most of the time and the women all telling me to ’embrace this time’ in my life have not gone through it as yet so go figure. I heard however that if you start taking Evening Primrose Oil regularly from the time you are 35 it’s not as bad. Hope you still have time!


  1. I better get me some Evening Primrose Oil and let that marinate in my system. I still have a few years to go. Thanks for the tip. Isn’t funny how menopause is one of the least talked about subject?


    1. Very true Crisi. Talking about menopause is like talking about divorce. At least it seems that way. Get that marination going so you come out on top of the game (with less sweat)! LOL.


  2. Hey Gale, great article. You should check out Exert Smart Body Coolant, the once a day spray for hot flashes/night sweats. I guarantee you will “sweat less, and smile more.” Click here for more information!


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