Sep 102013

Way, way back in the olden days… 1981 to be exact, my father took me & my brother to Hawaii for vacation. I loved that trip. Surrounded by the beauty every where we went, I was awed. We did the typical touristy stuff like Polynesian Gardens and the Kodak show. We drove around the island and we spent loads of time on the beach. We went to the USS Arizona.

The one thing that has really stuck in my mind though was the rain… every single day it rained. Not long and not much, but every day.

The past few weeks we have had rain every single day. I can almost imagine we are living in Hawaii… well, except there are no Hawaiians, volcanoes, or luaus going on. The rain is the only similarity. It has been wonderful! And apparently, there is a good deal more coming to the valley. There is a storm hovering out near the Bay of Campeche that is predicted to get bigger and stronger before hitting about 100 miles south of us in Mexico. We’ll be on the dirty side… they say we’ll get at least 4 inches of rain and get this, isolated areas will receive 20-25 inches of rain. Yes, you read that right.

20-25 inches of rain.

Holy shit

The sad thing is that 20-25 inches of rain would not even begin to touch the drought. I read a statistic the other day that said it would have to rain every day for the next two years to get us out of drought status.


I’m getting old. I have proof.

red face 1 red face 2

Hot flash anyone?

It was the most unimaginable experience. I felt like my face was submerged in a vat of boiling oil and my skin was sliding off my skull. Actually, the skin felt like it was shrinking as it heated up… I just knew I was going to end up looking like a big pork skin….

This occurrence was the first… and it was only my face. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like when I have this type of intense heat over my body… with MS? My Gawd. It’s going to be hell. Surely.


I’m currently sharing office space with my bossman and a co-worker. While we all worked together before, we each had our own separate office space. Boy, they are getting a much clearer picture of how my mind works. ha!

They roll eyes, shake heads, and sometimes laugh so hard they make no sounds.

We are in this situation for about 2 more weeks.

They’ll miss me when I’m back in my own space.


Being an adult is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.

  8 Responses to “My Skin is Melting”

  1. I have been having hot flashes, but NOTHING like what you experienced! I am so, so sorry! My god!
    But amazingly brave to post photos!!

  2. Your description makes me wonder – if I cover with shrinkwrap, might it eliminate my wrinkles?! Actually, I survived hot flashes- a spray bottle helps.

  3. Hot flashes are trouble for MS. I use a natural progesterone cream prescribed by my doc. No synthetic HRT for me. The cream works wonders. I don’t get hot flashes, and I do’t have facial hair like so many women my age.

    • I’m really not looking for the internal furnace type heat… I suspect it’s going to wreak havoc on the MS… ugh. I bought some of the cream… it says to apply it behind my knees every night. Easy & cheap enough to give it a try and see what happens. I won’t do HRT. I would think that could cause another set of problems that I don’t want to deal with ha! I have the facial hair. I spend lots of time plucking and shaving.

  4. Damn, hot flashes! Recently I have been taking Harmony Menopause and it is starting to work but it takes up to 3 months. Time will tell if it is worth the cost.

  5. Hot flashes are a foretaste of hell. For everyone in my vicinity as well.
    And of course they will miss you. But can visit.

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