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Old Nov 8th, 2003, 03:24 PM   #51
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Today is the kind of day that makes me remember why I love living in Alberta. Clear blue sky, bright sun reflecting on newly fallen snow, minus 5 with nary a puff of wind. You can smell the freshness. Life is good on a day like today.
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Old Nov 8th, 2003, 04:17 PM   #52
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Sinc, you sound like my wife, who now suffers from SAD since moving to St.John's from Calgary. Still, it is +9C with a light rain, which she says is good for her "fight" against wrinkles. Thus, the circle of life continues, and "east is east, and west is west, and never the twain shall meet". C'est la vie.
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Old Nov 9th, 2003, 09:44 AM   #53
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Dawn has arrived, bringing with it the promise of another splendid day. The sunrise is spectacular and no clouds obscure the view. The temp is minus 12 with a forecast high of minus 1 and no wind. Perfect day for the Edmonton Eskimos and the Saskatchewan Roughriders to take the field to see who gets to play in the Grey Cup next week in Regina. (Either one of them can beat Montreal, who are poised to defeat the Argos today.
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Morning Dr. G. - Sorry to hear of your wife's struggle with SAD. Too bad I can't bottle sunshine. If I could I would send some to your wife. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Thank you for the kind thought, Sinc. I try to be understanding of my wife and her weather-induced moods. Just spent the morning outside in Churchill Park, which is very close to our house, watching the doxies romp through the first real snow of the year (all of 2cm, but it's not wet snow). The pups, born in Chicago in April, have never seen snow. Thus, watching them play helped to raise my wife's spirits. As well, it's close to Christmas, which is a season she loves. Thus, so far, so good.

To be honest, my wife has recounted the stories of going to school as a child in Calgary and Edmonton, in bone-chilling/eye ball freezing weather, and I cannot imagine that sort of cold. It once hit -35C in the windchill last winter, so I went outside and took off my gloves and hat to experience this sort of cold at midnight. By 12:09AM I was ready to come back inside. I guess my five years in Georgia prior to coming to St.John's in 1977 ruined my body for any sort of winter survival. C'est la vie.
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More clear and could here Good weather for a blazing hot election.

Dr. G your -2 cold feels much worse than -35 out west because yours is damp.
Dry air just doesn't conduct the heat away. Yes there is quick frostbite danger to extremities but I dare say your local damp cold there is more bone chilling.

That eclipse with the cold clear air reminded me of how much I love having four distinct seasons.

Your wife might want to try 50 mgs pseudoephedrine for SAD. Sudafed and Shopper Drug Mart have straight 50 mg tablets with nothing else.
It gives a mild energy boost ( it's the one that Silken Lauman the rower accidentally took ) offsetting SADs worst aspects.
I've been taking it for years both as an allergy suppressant but during seasonal changes to offset SAD ( I discovered one from the other ).
I take one in the morning.

"Pseudoephedrine is a weak sympathomimetic drug (stimulates the sympathetic nervous system)"
It's in the class of the more reactive ephedrines but it's side affects are just about nil and I've been taking it for more than 15 years now.
Nothing after 3 pm tho or your wife will be a ball of energy all night - which may in certain cases be of interest I suppose [img]graemlins/heybaby.gif[/img]
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Yes Dr. G., your wife is quite right in her recounts of the winter weather on the Canadian prairies. I lived in northern Alberta, both in Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray, for three and six years respectively, before moving to this slightly more southerly location, near Edmonton. I grew up in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and can remember some very cold times, especially in the fifties. Snow drifts so high they dwarfed trains running by on the tracks below as we children watched from atop them. Drifts that built up on the side of our house with such a tough crust that as a child, I could literally walk onto the roof. Temperatures that were bone chilling. I can recall in Grande Prairie spending 29 consecutive days in the winter of 1979 where the temperature never got higher than minus 20 degrees, and hoovered close to minus 40 at night. The weather has softened since those years, but I am sure it is a cycle to be repeated at some future time. (Hopefully not in my time)

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Sinc, as a child, my wife also spent her summers at here grandparents home in Sask., and on a cottage they owned near some lake. She spoke of the clear skies every day, and the hot temps for each of these days. My sense of heat is the hot/humid/smoggy days growing up in New York City, and the five years I spent in Georgia, where the heat/humidity index was oppressive. I came to St.John's to teach at Memorial University in 1977 to get away from that sort of heat and humidity for a few years at least. I have been here ever since, and my wife has been here since 1994.
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Macdoc, I shall pass on your advice to my wife, but she is not really into "medicated solutions". At times, she would rather remain depressed, curled up in bed with the doxies for warmth. Then she will suddenly perk up and work long hours with newfound energy. Go figure.
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That's exactly the symptom. PseudoE is just a mild kickstart and sometimes you just can't do the curl up thing and this helps.
It's not prescription, encourage her to try it for a week in the morning only and if she's sensitive to her body's rhythms she'll see it 's effective but mildly so. Morning only tho.
It's nothing much different than a drink to relax and likely less impact than the morning coffee.
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