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I could feel my face flushing, and within seconds I was dripping with perspiration.
I looked in the mirror and my whole face was pink and glistening. Somehow, with about half a ton of powder, the girls managed to fix my flushed, sweaty face so that once I was in front of the cameras I appeared cool and calm.
On top of that, my father had developed Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Here, Carol, who is now 61, talks frankly to EVA GIZOWSKA about the experience - and tells how alternative remedies helped her cope: My health and energy levels had always been amazingly good - I never even took vitamins.
So it came as quite a shock when one day I suddenly broke out in a horrible clammy sweat - as if I was coming down with a serious bout of something.
I was working all hours at ITN, my husband was working away a lot and I had a home to run and two teenage children to look after.
They were at that stage where they were too old for a nanny but too young to be left alone.
It was around the time of the Gulf War, in the early Nineties, and I was in the ITN studios getting ready to read the ten o'clock news.
For years, Carol Barnes epitomised the 'cool TV blonde'.Then the former ITN presenter reached the menopause, with hot flushes, sweating, uncharacteristic moodiness and a dramatically reduced libido.And as I watched the final pictures he'd shot, back in the studio I felt distinctly uncomfortable.There was the usual background chaos, adrenaline levels were high, and the make-up girls were giving me the last-minute once over before I went on air.
It was the beginning of the menopause - but it came as a complete surprise.Although I was in my mid-40s, I'd never really given the menopause a second thought - I was just too busy to think about my hormones.