It’s going to look like I did very little reading this month, when the truth is I did a ton.
To be fair, I mostly skimmed several books on the topic of perimenopause this month. After a while they all started to sound the same.
Note: I now know my sons love me. Why? I got an email from my local library that my transferred books were in, and asked my sons to pick them up for me (having teen drivers is AWESOME). They did.
“Mom, here is your huge stack of books about perimenopause.”
I won’t list titles and all, because boring. They all said basically the same thing. I was looking for information about: when do the symptoms begin, what are the symptoms, and what can you do about them.
Why does everyone talk about menopause? Menopause is what you call the period AFTER all the uncomfortable stuff happens, when a woman hasn’t had a period for a year. That’s when everything levels out and the body (and brain) becomes accustomed to lower and more constant estrogen levels.
Perimenopause, the years before, is when all the crazy stuff happens.
I found that YES, I am very much in perimenopause at 41. Thankfully, my symptoms are very, very mild. Probably mostly due to my diet: I don’t eat sugar.
Among other symptoms, I’m having a bit more trouble falling and staying asleep. My sleep mask is my new best friend! Before I bought it, I was waking up with bloodshot eyes even after a full night’s rest. (One of estrogen’s effects is to make everything juicy, including your eyes.)
So, here’s what I read last month that didn’t have to do with midlife female hormones.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The story of Chris McCandless, the young man who ventured across the country, burned his money and was found dead in Alaska just a few miles from the highway captured my attention a few years ago. At first I thought he was a foolish kid who was far too arrogant for his own good, but the well-researched book helped me see many different sides of Chris.
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan
This was our recent read-aloud. It’s about a quirky family of artsy, borderline narcissists who unschool. The eccentricity of the family drive one of the children, the responsible Edith, nuts. The story begins when the Applewhites take in a troubled foster kid. Very cute.
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