Asides

Hot Flashes

My goal is to post health information to this blog on a daily basis in the near future.  This task has not been possible for me to date, as life is SO busy of late.  There is some information that I would like to share from personal experience for those women who are experiencing those horrible episodes called “Hot Flashes!” 

In October 2010, I experienced my first episodes of “Hot Flashes” mainly occurring at night.  For five agonizing weeks I suffered with horrible inferno attacks every 20 – 30 minutes during the night.  I got to the point when I would go to bed that I actually experienced anxiety because I knew what the night had in store for me.  Let me add that this was never like me in the past XX years of my life.  Even life’s stress usually could not interfere with my nighttime slumber as I always held the philosophy when it came to bedtime and sleeptime, that was MY eight hours of personal ownership.  Nothing mattered during those hours and any problems would still be there in the morning awaiting my attention.  I WAS a sleeper!!! 

Needless to say, I was at my wit’s end after 5 weeks of suffering no REM sleep and frequent sleep interruptions throughout the night.  I finally gave in and went to my health care provider.  My options were HRT (hormone replacement therapy), which I consider NOT an option for me as there are so many family members that suffered breast cancer and due to my personal beliefs; Effexor (antidepressant), which I said I didn’t need because I wasn’t depressed, however that could have been argued at that point in time due to my exhaustion from lack of sleep; and, Clonidine (antihypertensive plus other uses).  I chose the Clonidine. 

After leaving the provider’s office, I called my husband to inform him of the verdict and he told me about an advertisement that he saw in the SJ-R that morning about a herbal supplement called iCool that was suppose to prevent hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms.  He told me there was a coupon in the newspaper that he tore out for me.  I thought, what have I got to lose?  I was desperate.  So desperate that I picked up the coupon from him, went to the pharmacy and picked up my Clonidine and iCool.  There were two entire rows reserved for the supplement and one row was empty and the other was 1/2 empty so I thought that there must be alot of desperate hot flashers out there just like me.  I went home and that evening decided to take the iCool and wait on taking the Clonidine as I knew the effect that it could have on my low normal blood pressure.  I went to bed that night, experienced the same anxiety and fear of not being able to sleep due to inferno flashes and drifted off. 

God does work in mysterious ways.  I only awakened briefly that night three times!!!  The next night was even better…….NO hot flashes!!!  I only took 16 pills total until I stopped taking the supplement.  I am not much of a pill taker and I wanted to see if I still needed the supplement.  I experienced no more hot flashes for 16 months.  Not because the 16 pills entirely stopping the hot flashes forever, but more likely because my hormone levels returned to normal again. 

After 16 months, I began having hot flashes with the same fury if not worse then before. I started taking the iCool again.  It didn’t work this time hardly at all!  I was bummed to say the least.  Then one day, after about a week, I was out shopping with my mom and aunt in Sam’s Wholesale.  I saw a big package of iCool and thought how more available and popular the product was.  It raised to the glory of being bulk packaged and had made it to the spotlight of Sam’s shelves.  Then it hit me!  The shelf life had probably expired on my supplement form October 2010.  I purchased new product and just like magic, no more hot flashes!   I can personally atest that this herbal supplement stopped my hot flashes entirely while taking it.  I must inform you though, that I do not take any prescription medications, only other supplements and I do not endorse this product or tell anyone to start taking it until they check with their health care provider first.  This IS extremely important as your own individual health situation is just that; individual and unique.  So always check with your health care provider prior to taking any herbal supplements.  For me, this is a phenomenal product.  I researched the ingredient and found nothing for me to fear in regards to my health and its use.  

 “Hot Flashes” are horrible to say the least!!!  Many women suffer sleepless nights and multiple bed sheet changes in the middle of the night due to the episodes.  I can say that I, once again, enjoy peaceful and relaxing uninterrupted sleep (as does my husband) due to iCool. 

Since finding iCool on the popular shelves of Sam’s Wholesale, I noticed that it has earned a new spotlight in a TV ad.  Blessings until later………………………………………………………………………………………………………