If you have read my posts about my medical history (Part 1 and Part 2), then it comes as no surprise that I am on a hormone replacement therapy (HRT). People joke about “the change” and how it affects women. I’m here to tell you how to survive hormone swings as it is no easy task. Seriously, people, the threat is real!
A woman without hormones is like a gun without a safety. She won’t go off all on her own, but it requires only a quick squeeze of the trigger before she is on you like white on rice. Every person experiences the symptoms of a low hormone count differently. For me, I get headaches, hot flashes, night sweats, and lose all patience for the human race. I know when my count gets low…there is no doubt in my mind.
All of this is to say, I have experience in this particular scenario. All that was a background to get to this point – there are rules of engagement when it comes to dealing with women who are suffering from hormone issues.
Don’t assume it’s about you. I just hate my life. If you had zero energy, wanted to eat everything you came across, didn’t fit in any of your clothes, were constantly pissed off, cried randomly for no reason, broke out into sweating fits while suffering from a hormone triggered migraine you too would hate your life.
Don’t tell me, “You seem a little hormonal” or “You seem tense” or worse, “Why are you being such a bitch?” At that point I’m not responsible for anything that follows because….
That is probably going to be my response. “You are dumb…really really dumb.” And that will be my nicest possible response. Because honestly, I can’t help it. I know that seems like a cop out but if you have ever personally experienced it you would understand. It’s not that I want to be a bitch…I honestly just don’t have the capacity to be any nicer if you are being a moron .
A successful day is going home, completely exhausted but not having uttered any of the awful things that have been running through my head. You try to just suffer through and not ruffle any more feathers than absolutely necessary.
If you are stuck with a friend, wife, or loved one that is suffering from hormone imbalances, the best thing you can do is placate them with wine, chocolate, compliments or any other means of giving them happiness. If you are really close to them, gently in the most positive and sweet way possible suggest that it’s time to check hormone levels…and then quickly retreat as that could cause another outlash.