night sweat idea

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night sweat idea

Postby jinok » Tue May 22, 2007 3:11 pm

I came up with something to help me with my night sweats and thought I'd share it. Every evening before I get into bed I wet a wash cloth and wring it out and put it in a metal bowl beside my bed. When I wake up feeling like I could burst into flame, I just grab my cold, damp wash cloth and put it on my face, chest or neck. It feels great and cools me right off.

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Postby colopam » Tue May 22, 2007 7:25 pm

I used to do that for my mom...in CO it was nice to have the fan going in the heat of the summer and to just dampen the skin with a mister or a damp cloth then let the fan evaporate it. Works well here in FL as long as the humidity isn't horrible...otherwise you just get sticky!!! LOL When I worked at a garden center we'd have a rose unwrapping "party" (they are shipped with a brown paper bag covering) They were displayed in the parking lot so we'd have them all out there with the sprinkler going at the same time... with only 8% humidity it was heaven and the ONLY way to go but in TN it just made us sticky and cranky...

Great tip Joyce!!

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Postby jinok » Wed May 23, 2007 9:24 am

thanks for replying colopam.
that rose unwrapping party does sound like heaven. I bet it was fun unwrapping all the beautiful roses at the same time too. It gets really humid where I live too. I've had to have the air conditioner on at night even tho it isn't really hot yet or I wouldn't be able to sleep at all. I still wake up with the sweats tho. I think I would if I slept in a freezer!

It's really weird that I had them last year about the same time, then they practically went away after I got some chinese herbs from the chinese herb lady. Now they have started up again exactly a year later. I need to go see her again.

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Postby colopam » Wed May 23, 2007 7:05 pm

I had the most beautiful rose garden in CO...had a Mr. Lincoln (so fragrant that 1 bloom could scent a large room, with vlack/red velvetish petals), a Sonia (beautifully scented a large pink coral blooms...had 40 very large blooms on it once), a beautiful vibrant orangy Tropicana, a Peace (can't remember which one tho) a Silvergirl (a darkish silver purple) and various others. Had too much powdery mildew and black spot in TN and we have one pink rose bush (actually after being trimmed correctly looks nice) but too much humidity to deal with here to further that venture but when we get our own property I'll love landscaping with the local plants (they were houseplants in CO!!! LOL). I took Urban Horticulture classes in CO and was Live Nursery Specialist at Lowes for awhile. Alot of different plants from CO to TN to FL!!! The soil is alot different too...alot more sand here (makes it hard to grow grass, needs amendments!!) Ok long day babbling again!!!

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Postby jinok » Thu May 24, 2007 10:11 am

You must have a green thumb. Those roses sound beautiful. Is the Mr. Lincoln a tea rose? I would love to have something with a fragence like that. I haven't had any luck with the tea roses tho. I just have a Joseph's Coat climbing rose and a shurb rose. It gets really hot and humid here and doesn't rain much in the summer. We have great dirt tho if we can find it. It's mostly rock so we have great drainage but we have to use a pick to dig a hole to plant anything that isn't going in one of the raised beds we've made.

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Postby colopam » Thu May 24, 2007 6:50 pm

http://www.bhg.com/bhg/story.jsp?catref ... /14919.xml

This a nice description of the Mr. Lincoln, but the picture doesn't do it justice. The look and texture is more like a dark red/black velvet. I love the Joseph's coat too!!! My mo had red climbers that were soooo prolific that they'd grow half way up the roof!!! not alot of scent but very colorful.

Thanks for the talk...I miss my roses and hope the new owners of the house have kept them but I won't go check as it would break my heart (some things you can't go back to).

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Postby jinok » Sat May 26, 2007 12:17 pm

thanks for link. I may have to try that one. I would really like to have a rose with a strong fragence.
I know what you mean about not going back. The lady that lived next door to us was a real gardener and had beautiful roses. She took most of them with her when she moved thank goodness, because the new owners are renting the place out and they just don't appreciate all the plants that she put in. I sure miss those neighbors.

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Postby aprilcline » Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:53 pm

Hi Joyce - Great idea. I live in the east where it's pretty humid but I run the air conditioning almost year 'round.

My solution has been to get the house as cold as possible, turn on the fan, have flannel sheets to help absorb the sweat plus make me warm when I get a cold flash - and wear absolutely nothing to bed! I sleep alone.

I am fat and so I have a lot of bosom...when I get a night sweat it all ponds between my breasts - solution - dry cloth to soak it up.

A "burst into flames" hot flash at night is resolved with ICE water and an icey wash cloth kept in a bowl with ice on top of it. I swear it's so much work to just go to sleep nowadays!

I have had 4 nights in a row with nightsweats and "BIF's" (burst into flames"....fortunately I was prepared and just took care of everything and fell back to sleep. Now this morning I am feeling very PMSy and my period will be starting in a couple days I guess.... this ruins an entire week for me. I hate this. I truly hate this. I am 51 yrs old and want this over with!

Good luck. Keep those great ideas coming!
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Postby jinok » Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:14 pm

Hi aprilcline,
I know just how you feel. I'm 51 too. I wish I would start my period because before when I had my period, the flashing stopped. I haven't had a period since April.
We keep the house pretty cold at night too. I sometimes wish I could sleep in the freezer tho. At least until I get the cold flash after the hot flash.

My thermostat is out of wack,
back and forth it does tack.
first I'm hot and then I'm cold,
Does this mean that I'm getting old?

My period it comes and goes,
from month to month I never know.
It always comes when least prepared,
Oh Lord from this let me be spared.

I had another verse and even wrote it down but I forgot where I put it. I think the flashes are frying my brain.

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Postby minniepauz » Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:20 pm

That's great, Joyce!! Can't wait till you find the other verse! LOL
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Postby jinok » Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:00 pm

lol thanx! I finally found it. Just as Dad always says, it was in the last place I looked.
Here's the next verse.

I can't remember the last night I slept,
without waking up all wringing wet.
All I do is turn and toss,
It's so much fun, this menopause! :roll:

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Postby ladydebubba » Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:10 pm

I too haven't had a period since April and I am 47. And I have felt very awful the past couple of weeks. Ended up at my gyn's office yesterday to make sure I didn't have another bladder infection because that is what it felt like. But I do not have one. Had another pap smear and pelvic exam, everything appeared normal as to the pelvic exam. She feels the stinging sensation is from my period being delayed and has put me on a 10 day supply of Provera to bring my period on. I hope the Provera does it's trick :!:
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Postby aprilcline » Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:16 pm

That stinging can also be from interstitial cystitis which is a very painful urinary problem that women get especially when hormones are outta whack. It can be extremely painful. So, if it brings your period on and you still have the pain, be sure to mention it and the idea of "IC" b/c it often goes untreated.
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Postby psexypsychic » Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:13 pm

I hate night sweats almost more than hot flashes.

The only "cure" I've found for them isn't a good one. I have central AC, but upstairs there is only one large vent- in the hallway between the bedroom doors. The last month, I've been sleeping downstairs because of our Chihuahua- she was due to have puppies (her first litter) and now that she's had them- I was still sleeping down here. Just two days ago, I switched back to my bed and the night sweats started all over again.

The downstairs is so much cooler than the upstairs, because to get it tolerable upstairs, I keep it around 70ish down here. But dangit, I LIKE sleeping in my bed!

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Postby jinok » Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:10 am

My sister got me a Chillow. It's a thin pillow that you put water in and put on your pillow. She said it was great when she was having hot flashes during the night. I haven't tried mine yet because I'm worried the cat will puncture it. It doesn't hold much water tho, so I may go ahead and see how long it lasts.

Here is a link. http://www.chillow.com/chillow.html
My sister got ours at Long's Drugs where they were a lot cheaper.
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