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We always love to hear what our community REALLY think and so are offering 2 community members the chance to review this product in exchange for an honest review. 

Does this sound of interest? If so, comment below with a way you've managed to keep cool in these summer months!!

Look forward to hearing from you!!

Zahra xxx


  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 763 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 31
    How do I keep cool in this heatwave we have had recently? 

    Well at night I make sure to try and have a window open and I always use my cool pad in my pillow 

    During the day I have a wonderful fan my sister gave me last summer to replace my crotchety old one which is ancient. 
    I also have this pineapple which I fill with ice cubes or chill in the fridge. This is a pic of me with it on my head two years ago! Apparently my sister told me that wasn't how I was meant to use it! Lol!!😂😂.
    Think if you put it on your pulse points it will cool you down.. 
    She got it in Australia, so who knows.   @Anneb, Margy, have you seen these?? 😂

    What do others do?

    Lou xx
  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 39 ✭✭
    @Sunshinedaff ; haven't seen these Lou. Looks like something for a black eye 🤣🤣🤣🤣 
    Summer here 😩😩😩 i wear the lightest cloths and sit under a air conditioning duct 💖💖 never cook inside...all barby cooking so house doesnt get hot from oven.
    Thats about all i can do
    Margy 💖💖
  • RobertARobertA Posts: 574 ✭✭✭✭
    @Sunshinedaff @Anneb

    Oh Lou
    You are so much fun 🤣😂and an inspiration to others who are facing unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects during and after cancer treatments.

    Haha Margy 😂🤣
    Yes, it does look like something for a black eye. 
     You know, I always wondered why Australians love barbies so much. Guess it is a necessity in the Summer.  Not sure I could cope with the heat of one of your Summers. Well yes, I am sure. I couldn't cope with one. 😥😢
    Rob x 

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 574 ✭✭✭✭
    Hi Zahra
    My flushes are very intense but fairly short in duration.  It is a real problem at night as I have several, each lasting just four or five minutes each. My wife and I discovered that our best option is to use sheets and blankets so that I can throw them off my side without bothering Mary too much. As soon as the flush is over, I can grab them back as I tend to suddenly feel very cold. 
    They can be  a bit embarrassing during the day as I can have one when I am chatting to someone in the street. The sweat will soak my shirt and run down my face and it is hard to explain to people that men can have hot flushes too.🤒
    My specialist has prescribed Medroxyprogesterone acetate. Yes, really😳.   I did not want to take them initially as I am on so much stuff already but I had to give in eventually. Too early yet to say whether they are effective.

    Rob x 

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 763 ✭✭✭✭

    @RobertA , @Anneb

    Good evening friends,

    I hadn't thought of the pineapple as a black eye soother, lol😂😂.

    Barby's all summer..that would be fabulous, though I feel here they would be rather soggy most of the time.. hahaha 😂😂.

    Rob, I do feel for you and the hot flushes you suffer, have you seen the cool pads you can get that cover the bed, as well as ones to go in a pillow? They really do work!

    Lou xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 574 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 1


    Thanks for the suggestion Lou, I will have a look.

    Rob xx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 39 ✭✭



    Dear Robert and Lou,

    The only way i survive in summer at night even with the air conditioning on is i have a standing fan on low at the end of the bed. Directlly on me. I stopped using a doona as just to hot in winter and changed to blankets. Oh rob, i know what you mean with perspiration running off you. I wear a bandanna around my neck...not the height of fashion but it works ok. Especially if i am working in garden or should see me after ironing. I look like i have run a marathon in 50 degree heat🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Winter is not too bad as i wear light cloths still. I do not really have a winter wardrobe as i wear summer with a cardigan so i can take it off when the heat attacks happen.

    There seems to be no magical cure for the flushes as i have asked and googled 🤣🤣🤣 everything to see if the is a wonder cure 😢😢😢

    Yes, barbys are just the norm here in summer. When the heat starts in late october, tis the season 😁😁 and summer doesnt really finish untill april. Even though it is a beautiful place to live we are inland and hot. It is a constant 32 degrees to 45 degrees for the whole 5 to 6 months. Very draining, probably why i have always loved winter.

    Oh i forgot, i have a couple of hand fans , But my hand gets tired faning myself but it gives me a little relief.

    Talk soon

    Margy 💖💖💖

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 319 mod

    @Anneb , @RobertA

    I have tried having a fan in the bedroom, but I find the noise so intruding! Last week I suggested that, but it was met with a resounding no! 😅. I still can’t get my head around the seasons being reversed Margy! Although I would quite happily have summer for six months...any day!

    Perhaps you need to get one of those huge palm leaf fans and ask Pete to fan you while you sleep😂😂.

    Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

    Lou xx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 39 ✭✭



    Ha ha i could just see pete in shorts and a palm leaf.🤣🤣🤣not. My fan isnt noisy so i dont hear it, however Pete sleeps like a log and goes to sleep we are both going deaf i am positive 😂😂😂 a tornado could hit and we wouldnt hear it 😁😁😁

    Yes it is a bit disorientating with the upside down of our

    Rob, i haven't heard of those tablets, but they sound like they could have side effects. What are they supposed to do to your body to help.

    My brother in law had prostate cancer 7 years ago but has not has not had the side effects i hear about. However he had the golden bullets, and had brilliant result. He still has the tired body and cant do what he used too like all of us. Cant walk great distances either.

    Well , off to binge on a foxtel show, it is 10pm here and then to bed

    Talk soon

    Margy 💖💖💖💖

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 574 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 3

    @Anneb @Sunshinedaff

    Good afternoon Margy and Lou

    Love your posts and suggestions. Thank you both.

    I will try the bandanna round my neck when I am doing the hoovering on Monday Margy. Our house has three floors and it is quite a big job so I will certainly 😓 😓 so it will be a good time to try it.

    My prostate cancer is advanced and aggressive Margy. It feeds off testosterone and I am on long term ADT which involves the removal of the testosterone from my body. The side effects are not great but the cancer is not spreading and I use exercise bands and long walks to maintain my strength and energy. The Medroxyprogesterone is actually a form of the female hormone progesterone and I refused it initially but I gave in last month as the sweats were getting worse. Can’t even imagine what 45 degrees feels like.

    Haha Lou, I can just see Margy lounging on her chaise longue like Cleopatra, being fanned by Pete with a palm leaf fan. I just suggested that Mary might do the same for me, but her reply is not suitable for polite society.

    It is a sunny day again today and there is a nice sea breeze so we enjoyed a lovely walk along the seafront.

    Chat soon.

    Rob xx

  • Kim1966Kim1966 Posts: 2

    I would love to try anything that might alleviate the constant and embarrassing hot sweats. From the moment I get up in the morning it’s a constant battle to try and function normally. Yesterday I was in W H Smith buying some envelopes. I stood at the counter waiting to pay, as the sweat ran down my face and neck, and I wanted to cry I was so embarrassed. I’m becoming a prisoner in my own home as I daren’t move far from my pedestal fan! 😕

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 39 ✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff @RobertA @Kim1966

    Hi everyone,

    I also use mens hankies around my neck and clip up my hair around the house...not a great look 😀😀😀 but it helps. I also have them in my handbag to wipe away perspiration when out.

    Kim, i am long over embarrassment. Had to or i wouldnt get out of the house🤣🤣🤣 i am just happy to be alive 😂😂 dont let it get to you. If i am bad in public i just say i am a cancer surviver but the medication to stay that way gives me these damn hot flushes. You will be surprised at the response, everyone will then tell you of the same thing happening to a sister, mum, brother, dad or best friend. Or themselves. I have had great conversations with strangers behind the counter about how others cope and pick up a few hints.

    However dont worry you are not on your own, i have shed a lot of tears of frustration, worry and sadness. 💖💖💖

    As i say to everyone " well i am at least still here to complain about it" 🤣🤣🤣🤣 and my husband is very happy i am still here to annoy him 🤣🤣🤣

    So go out, enjoy yourself, tell people why if they look at you funny. There are so so many of us out there💖💖💖 and people are lovely💖

    I told pete your idea lou with the palm leaf. He said , i love you so much i will buy you another fan 🤣🤣🤣🤣😓cracked me up.

    Wow rob, what a bugger with your diagnoses, yes just take anything the doctors throw at you. I do, just do anything now that will help and suffer the consequences..........not in silence i might been a quiet girl......🤣🤣🤣 i let everyone know...ha ha.

    Also Kim, look forward to winter. It is a lot better. I love the winter for some relief.

    Well my friends i had better go and start the day. Sunday morning here and it.....

    Have a wonderful week and talk soon.

    Margy 💖💖💖💖💖💖

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 319 mod

    @RobertA , @Anneb , @Kim1966

    Hello, good evening and welcome! ( in my David Frost accent🤣)....too old a joke??? Probably🤣

    Haha, Rob, that is exactly how I imagined Margy being kept cool! 😁.

    Hoovering over three floors does not sound like fun, however I am sure Mary appreciates you doing it and not her!

    Margy, I love your suggestions to Kim, such a brilliant way to turn a negative situation on its head. It may not alleviate the hot flushes in the moment, but may help to feel better about it. I’m with you in regard to trying anything that will get you through the nightmare of cancer. And who says we have to do it quietly??😆

    Kim, I am really sorry you are finding it so difficult to the extent it is causing you to not want to be out too often. It doesn’t help that we have had some very hot weather recently, just makes things worse.

    My efforts last night of keeping cool were without effect unfortunately. At midnight it was still 28 C, I put a face cloth in the freezer, then forgot about it, two hours later it was stuck to the ice packs! Like cardboard! Had my pineapple in the fridge chilling, the cool pad in the fridge and an medical ice pack wrapped round my neck. Eventually I retrieved all the chilled and frozen items to use which very quickly turned very warm!! Hot! Hot! Hot! 😎

    I could do with some of this.....🥶🥶, but only for a little😀

    Hope you have had peaceful weekends

    Lou x

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 39 ✭✭

    @RobertA @Sunshinedaff

    How are you both going in the heat.? Is there any light at the end of the rainbow for cooler weather?

    It is a lovely zero here to tease you....

    Talk soon

    Margy 💖💖💖💖

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 574 ✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb @LouiseJ @Kim1966

    Hello friends

    Hi Kim, I am sorry to hear that you feel like a prisoner in your own home due to your hot sweats. I think that Margy's take on the situation is spot on. PeopIe tend to be so supportive when you explain your situation to them.

    Haha Margy. Love your attitude. The side effects of my treatments are better than the alternative thats for sure. Mary won't let me complain so I suffer in silence, sort of.🤣 Your husband sounds like a real diamond.

    As for the cooler weather, I am looking for rain at Edgbaston as the Aussies have us in a lot of trouble as I write and rain looks like the only way out.

    Hey Lou, with all that stuff in your fridge, did you have any space for a bottle or a beer or two?

    Mary has taken the ipad to Hospice today so I am writing on my ancient laptop. Hope this posts OK.

    Love your posts

    Rob xx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 39 ✭✭



    Morning my friends,

    Well the weather has turned colder. We are having an Artic blast ( whatever that is 🤣🤣🤣) for the next week...sorry wish i could send you some. Just started to rain in ernest.

    Probably a bit late for Edgbaston over red rover...sorry😢😢😢

    Yes rob, pete is a diamond. I remember my gorgeous mum saying to me years and years ago

    " he is a keeper margy, hold onto this one "

    We laugh about it so often, god bless her soul💖💖 every now and again pete will say something cheeky to me and i just say to him....lucky mum said you were a keeper or you would be out the cracks us up. Yes his support all through our lives has been immeasurable. He is the quite one. He thinks im the rowdy one....dont know how he came to this conclusion 😂😂😂😂

    I have my sister and brother in law coming for 4 days this weekend. The ones from Echuca. We am pretty excited, just love them to pieces.

    Well better zip and start the day. I hope you are both keeping well, taking medication and surviving the heat

    Talk soon

    Love Margy 💖💖💖💖💖

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 39 ✭✭

    @RobertA @Sunshinedaff

    My rabbit's keeping me warm 🤣🤣🤣🤣


  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 763 ✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb , @RobertA

    Hello, lovely friends,

    I do love reading all your posts! They do make me laugh! 😂😂. Which is always a good thing!!😀.

    Rob I have no idea about the cricket... did England lose then??

    Margy, I know you like winter, but that is too cold for me!! Love the slippers though!! Does Pete have a pair? Matching? 😂

    Have a lovely weekend with family both of you!

    Chat soon

    Lou xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 574 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 8

    @Anneb @Sunshinedaff

    Hello dear friends

    No need to hold back Margy🏏 Tell it as it is.🤣🤣 Yes Lou, England did lose and to rub it in, one of the naughty boys (sandpaper) scored more than half of the Aussie runs. Ah well, the football season starts tomorrow. Not that I am fickle or anything.😉 Pompey had a great win the other day. 3 - 0 v Birmingham City Lou.

    Lovely to hear that you and Pete remember your Mum’s comments and enjoy the memory Margy. Mary is my keeper too. She keeps me on my toes and I love it.

    How lovely to have your sister and brother in law coming to stay. My middle sister of three is coming to Jersey with her husband, daughter and two granddaughters next week. Can’t wait to see them.

    Haha Lou, do you and Mark have matching slippers too? We tend to sit around barefoot. You could call that matching.🤣🤣🤣.

    Rob xx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 39 ✭✭



    Morning Rob and Lou,

    Well a wild night last night. Winds over 100kim , hail, rain. One with the lot. A lot of damage over the state and here. It is freezing. Oh well it is winter i guess😁😁

    Sorry about the cricket know we do not follow cricket at i had to look up the news to see that australia had won.🤣🤣 after you mentioned it. I wish you had won. It would make the aussie boys sit up and reassess their game play.

    Yes sandpaper boy was so stupid. Considering that he is a great cricketer without cheating. Hopefully learnt a lesson with it all. It will follow them for their whole careers.

    Yes i am looking forward to Elaine and Graeme arriving. Not that we will be able to do much with this weather continuing untill mid next week.

    I hope you all have a glorious weekend

    Margy 💖💖💖

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 763 ✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb , @RobertA ,

    Morning Margy, Rob,

    Oh wow, Margy big storms then. I think the UK is still having bad weather too.

    Here, it was 34+ yesterday, last night we sat out until very late stargazing. Love looking at the stars and planets. It was too hot to think of going to bed.

    Think it will be the same again today.

    Hope your weekend is really lovely Margy, even though winter is raging!

    Chat later,

    Lou xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 574 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 9

    @Anneb @Sunshinedaff

    Afternoon Lou and Margy,

    It is warm and humid here though the wind is getting up and we are expecting some poor weather. Doubt whether it can match yours though Margy. Well, never mind, enjoy Elaine and Graham and keep the weather outside. Nothing like good company and a couple of tinnys. Mary loves McGuigan chardonnay and I love VB beer - little traits we picked up from our visits to Oz. The McGuigan range is popular here, but I can’t get VB. No worries, I am partial to Sagres which is a Portuguese beer and we will be popping round the corner to our little Portuguese restaurant for dinner followed by Liverpool v Norwich City at our local which is two doors from the restaurant.

    Wow, Lou, I had no idea that you are still getting such lovely weather. It sounds great sitting out on a balmy evening looking at the stars. We are townies and we don't see many stars because of the street lights.

    Isn't it great, chatting to each other from different places in the globe and finding out how the other half lives. 👋🏻👋🏻

    Rob 🍻xx

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