Book Review – Menopause – I’m SO Over It by Laurie Glass
First published, 2018
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This collection of poems and songs about menopause is heartfelt, insightful and funny.
I am of medical people, but Anglo-Irish medical people – we don’t describe things in horrible detail. We become wistful and romantic, and rapidly change the subject. As such, before this book, I was in no way prepared for the menopause.
I laughed, not in recognition, but at the inevitable. Whatever else happens, this time will come, but at least I know that I might just get such dry eyeballs that my eyelids scrape the surface, and my shoulders may freeze, and I won’t remember what I’m doing, where I’m going, or what I’ve read. But with all that in mind, I think the author has got it right because, although it may be (and surely is) dreadful, she’s tackling it with humour.
The songs, set to popular tunes were pretty cool, but the book really came into its own with the mini-essays with the tagline, “I’m SO over it”. I laughed until there were tears.
“I would rather replace my toothpaste with weed killer than to keep dealing with this.
“Acne. I’m SO over it.”
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“I would rather walk on my hands for five miles on a gravel road than deal with this debilitating fatigue for one more minute.
“Fatigue. I’m SO over it.”
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“I would rather grow hair on my teeth than have to keep shelling out all this money month after month.
“Financial cost. I’m SO over it.”
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“I would rather eat liver, radish, and peanut butter sandwiches every day for a year than to deal with these oscillating hormones for one more minute.
“Hormone fluctuations. I’m SO over it.”
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