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Old 12-18-2008, 05:41 PM   #1
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Have been dealing with SAD; yesterday slipped on the ice and did interesting things to my hand.

Will go to bed early.
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Have been dealing with SAD; yesterday slipped on the ice and did interesting things to my hand.

Will go to bed early.
Be very careful that is how most people break their wrists .
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I'm sorry you're SAD--I know it's awful.

Have some tea and pull the covers up over your head.

The second week of December I start counting the hours down until December 21, the winter solstice, when I know the days will start getting longer again. Hang in there, Khan.
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Get better. Take it easy out there. I about fell on my butt today hit a small patch of ice going out on a morning stroll.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:00 PM   #5
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I'm sorry you're SAD--I know it's awful.

Have some tea and pull the covers up over your head.

The second week of December I start counting the hours down until December 21, the winter solstice, when I know the days will start getting longer again. Hang in there, Khan.
Not just the solstice; has been mostly cloudy for three weeks.
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Have been dealing with SAD.....
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.....The second week of December I start counting the hours down until December 21, the winter solstice, when I know the days will start getting longer again.
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Not just the solstice; has been mostly cloudy for three weeks.
My Mom deals with SAD every December. On cloudy, gray days we turn on almost every light in the house to brighten things up. I also get her out of the house as much as possible too.....coffee shop, grocery store, the senior center, or anything else that will keep her active and distracted. The Doc gave her a prescription for some lightweight anti-depressants, and she very rarely has to resort to those....once in a great while...but very rarely! She keeps them on the kitchen table 'just in case', but much prefers the activities & distractions!

We, too, have been counting down to the 21st......the days start getting longer, which means only one thing......Spring is just around the corner!!!

So hang in there Khan...the sunny days of Spring are getting closer!

BTW....I got my first seed/plant catalog in the mail on Tuesday!!! Yippee!!!
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Have been dealing with SAD; yesterday slipped on the ice and did interesting things to my hand.

Will go to bed early.
Got a happy light for your SAD, Khan? They do work for many people. Check here.

Or you can come visit Florida.
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True story, not funny enough: The other day on the way to the post office, I saw a great X-mas window with all sorts of moving toys and miniature amusement parks. There was a sign on the window, "come in and see our winter wonderland," so I did. It was outside on the back patio, I slipped and slid and almost fell on my butt. There had been big fat hail stones the night before but that was the only place I saw them stick to the ground. To add insult to possible injury, their "winter wonderland" was nothing but a small area to sell Christmas stuff.

Hope you cheer up soon, Khan.

Here's a couple of store windows that caught my interest. Most of the rose bushes in this area are long out of bloom but here is one next to some X-mas ornaments. The other store seems to be making a statement about commercialism with an old cash register in the background, "no sale."
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Or you can come visit Florida.
That's been the absolute #1 best cure for my Mom's winter SAD affliction! I've been taking her to Florida every winter for 2 or 3 weeks, for the past 10 years!
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Not relevant but it might amuse.....
I once saw the actor Robert Lindsay interviewed and when he said that he used to perform Shakespeare the interviewer asked if he had ever fumbled his lines knowing since this was so different from anything he had done before.

He said they were performing one time in a theatre that was next door to a "camping and outdoor" shop that he had to walk past before each performance. They were doing Richard the 3rd and the store owner had put up a big sign reading "Now is the winter of our discount tents".

He said that every time he came to the point he had to deliver the line "Now is the winter of our discontent" he froze for a second or 2 to be sure he got it right.
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Sorry to hear about your fall, Khan. As a former submariner, I can't say that I have ever really suffered depression from the lack of sunlight, but I have noted in recent years that a brisk walk outside, sometime around noon, works wonders for my mood. I also go the art museum once a week; the Impressionists usually cheer me up.
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As a former submariner, I can't say that I have ever really suffered depression from the lack of sunlight...
How would we have been able to tell?

During my NSTCP shore duty we were handing out anti-depressants almost as much as ibuprofen...
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Or you can come visit Florida.
Its been my solution to winter blah's since 1966,usually make it down for Bikeweek in early March then the Gator Nationals (NHRA)and head back up north in early April.
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Kahn, it's the solstice! I know it's gray in Ohio and you are probably enduring a storm right about now, but think about how the sun will be shining a little longer above those clouds. And the holidays will soon be over and clean serene January will be here, and that is something I alway look forward to.

I hope your hand is feeling better. Hang in there (with your other hand).
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Sorry about the wrist. We had some sun a few days ago and even though low on the horizon it was amazing how much more energetic I felt. I have a problem with winter where I have a tendency to crawl under a blanket with the dog and surf the net too much.
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How would we have been able to tell?

During my NSTCP shore duty we were handing out anti-depressants almost as much as ibuprofen...
I never attributed my perennially foul mood to the lack of sunlight specifically, just to being deployed in general. Maybe I should rethink that conclusion.
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Blow your candles out and turn the lights on. I hope you feel better soon....
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Have been dealing with SAD; yesterday slipped on the ice and did interesting things to my hand.
Hopefully interesting does not mean broken. A heat lamp to fake sunlight might help with SAD if it is still cloudy. Hope hand will heal soon.
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Khan, sorry to hear you have SAD! It's all too common at northern latitudes.

I second Rich's recommendation. If you don't already have one, do get a light box. I have SAD too, and I have found I can control it very well using light therapy. This is the one I have: http://www.northernlighttechnologies...s_sadelite.php. The website has a lot of helpful information on SAD.

And the winter solstice is tomorrow!
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Hopefully interesting does not mean broken.
Went to the clinic and they xrayed it, nothing broken. Am wearing a splint.

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Have had lights on all day, went for a short walk.

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It's getting better.

It's still cloudy and will be for the next week.

I'm going to contact the local news/weather folks and ask if this November/December has been cloudier than usual.
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