One second I’m cold, the next I’m hot. One minute I’m comfortable, the next I’m crawling out of my skin.
Hot flashes might be one of the most annoying chemo side effects.
Why? Why is something that seems so non-evasive in comparison to other side effects so obnoxious?!
Well, for one, because they happen all. the. time. All the time. Day, night, awake, asleep, home, out, etc. All. The. Damn. Time. And the lovely weather here in South Carolina isn’t freaking helping. The temperatures fluctuate between 50 and 70, day and night.
Should we have the heat on? The AC? Nothing? Fans? Blankets? What thickness of blanket? Sleep pants, a night shirt, shorts? It’s so uncomfortable! What I think will work might work for about 20 minutes, then I need a complete readjustment. Then by the time I’m comfortable again, my stupid internal temperature shifts and I need something else. But it’s like I don’t have the hot flash until I’ve adjusted myself, until it can be considered inconvenient. “Oh what perfect timing for a hot flash!” said no one ever.
So yeah…layers. Lots and lots of layers. Day clothes, pajamas, and even bed sheets. Everything must come in layers.