As I searched my fiancé’s home for evidence of an affair that didn’t exist, it never crossed my mind that my thinking might be a little, well, off.
He was shifting from his house to mine after asking me to marry him a few weeks before.
We’d only been dating for six months, but when you know you know – or so I’d been told over the years and never believed it until the same thing miraculously happened to me.
But as I helped to clean his house, I became more and more suspicious.
Everywhere I turned I expected to find some evidence to prove that this man who I had agreed to marry wasn’t all that he seemed.
I even spent a few minutes hysterically explaining (and channeling Samantha from the Sex and City movie – the good one) that I was not the type of woman who cleaned other people’s houses.
As someone who has had a fairly even temperament most of my adult life – I’m generally glass 95 per cent-full most days – the fact that I was behaving rather strangely was not at all on my radar.
It wasn’t until later that night when I had time to reflect that I’d been a bit of a psycho that I wondered out loud about it.
“Do you think it’s my hormones?” I pondered.
My fiancé, whose temperament is uber laid-back, just smiled at me and simply said, “Probably babe. That’s why I didn’t react.”
At the time, his steadfast (or so I thought) refusal to engage in my clearly “logical” line of thinking had made me even more skeptical about his true nature.
But, unbeknownst to me, he clearly understood something that I did not…
His fiancé had temporarily turned into a crazy woman and he had decided to ignore the more alarmist aspects of my behaviour rather than inflame the situation more than I was already doing all by myself.
You see, it’s not like I didn’t know I was going through menopause, because I got told the Big M was on the horizon when I was in my late 30s.
The thing was my doctor and I decided to pretend it wasn’t happening, so I remained on those little contraceptive pills for a few more years.
Looking back, and certainly in the past year or two, it’s clear those little hormone masqueraders weren’t working as well as they used too.
That can be the only reason to explain some of my odd behaviour, including thinking I’d fallen in love with a dude I met on holiday – and then being some maniacal version of heartbroken for the best part of year.
Or the time that I ran out of my front door like a mad woman intent on berating a couple of frightened electricians who had dared to turn off the power because of a dangerous electrical fault.
Oh, dear me…
So, by the time I was 45, it was clear – whether I was perimenopausal or not – that I probably didn’t need to keep taking a pill a day to keep the babies away.
I threw them in the bin, but over the course of the next few weeks and months everything started to change – and not for the better.
My mood, obviously, was all over the place and I developed something lovely that we liked to call “neck sweat”.
I also put on about eight kilograms and my bum, almost overnight, was nowhere near as perky as once it was.
Then there was the problem with my waterworks that lasted for three months while a plethora of doctors diagnosed everything from an inflamed urethra to the fact that I had fractured my spine at some stage (which was news to me).
As it turned out, it seems that even menopausal women can still get a UTI from too much shagging with their beloved.
Of course, all of these changes and misdiagnoses did not a happy woman make but I can’t blame my vanity on my abysmal behaviour.
That was menopause plain and simple.
Within a few days of my creepy cleaning episode, I realised that I didn’t want to spend the next five, 10 or 15 years coming across as Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, so I went to see a specialist.
Not long after, with some much-needed assistance, I didn’t think that my fiancé was having an affair or even that he was the devil incarnate.
I also didn’t need him to mop my neck with his t-shirt anymore, which we were both quite happy about.
Apart from another less than honourable episode, which not very strangely happened after I’d forgotten to take the second dose of my magic natural medicine every day for about a month and drank too much wine to boot, most days it feels like my head is on reasonably straight.
If, some days, my brain starts to tell me things that just aren’t there, at least I now have the foresight to (mostly) keep my mouth shut until it passes.
And that is why menopause is not for pussies – and it’s sometimes not much fun for the people who love them either.