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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

GRAY SKIES AND GO AWAY VIRUS

Each day when I wake up I look for the light, but I am having a hard time finding it. 

Our skies seem to be continually gray this year. Yesterday it rained and today is very cloudy and gloomy. The forecast shows clouds until Saturday. 



I know I really shouldn't complain as the weather has been so mild for January, but as someone who suffers from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) I need the light. For me, SAD starts in the fall and continues through the winter months. 

The first of March is always a relief because I know spring is on the way. In the meantime I have to find ways to trick myself into believing that the sun is actually out there. 

Looking at photos of these two always helps.



They never seem to have any problems staying happy.

I have not been able to throw off the respiratory illness that I have had since the end of December so I finally went to the doctor on Friday. He said it had been going on too long and gave me an antibiotic, which so far has done nothing to help.

I think I need some warm sunshine and some color in the landscape.



I miss all of those beautiful California winters I enjoyed for so long. 

Maybe I am California Dreaming. 




Have a great day.
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20 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you are feeling unwell Laura, and that the medication doesn't seem to help with your respiratory illness. Winter can be a difficult season for those who suffer from SAD. We usually have cold sunny days here in January but they've been mostly grey. I hope you will feel much better soon. Take care.
    Pam

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    1. Thanks, Pamela. The sun is has mad a surprise visit this morning so I am soaking it up at my window.

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  2. I know what you mean about the sunshine. I always had that problem living farther North. I know that's one of the reasons I love being here in the winter months. I hope you feel much better soon! Sending you hugs, Diane

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  3. Laura, I wish you some sunshine. I have to have a glimpse every few days or I get the blues. Today I went to a store in town and saw some really nice reds for Valentine's day and it cheered me up. Blessings and hugs, xoxo, Susie

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    1. It's hard to believe that it is almost time for Valentine's Day. Maybe I will look for some red carnations for my house.

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  4. Sorry you're still "under the weather." Wonder why that call it that? It's sunny here today. I use lavender essential oil drops in my diffuser to keep Abi from coughing at night. I wonder if one of the essential oils would help you?
    Brenda

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    1. The sun is actually out for awhile this morning. It always makes a difference in how I feel. I am allergic to most fragrance so I am afraid to try essential oils.

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    2. Laura, I'm allergic to most fragrances too, but I can handle essential oils without any problems at all - because they're natural. And they certainly can help when you're sick, if you use them in a diffuser. It's worth a try!

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  5. Oh- The Mamas & Papas! I was lucky enough to hear them back in the day! Have you thought about moving to somewhere that has sunshine for more of the year or is that not an option at all? I do NOT like winter either. xo Diana

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    1. Unfortunately I can't afford to move. The Mamas and the Papas were one group I didn't get to see. I would have loved to.

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  6. Hope you are feeling better, so far, we have not had it (knock on wood) but many of our friends have been to the doctor, some have made a second trip. I do not like winter and can only dream of warm winters where you can keep your plants out all year long. Spring is getting closer and soon it will be time to open the doors and spend some time outside! Just typing that sentence felt good!

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    1. I may have to make a second trip to the doctor if this doesn't go away. Spring sounds so wonderful. I am always so happy when March rolls around.

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  7. Laura I hope you feel better soon. My cold lasted 3 weeks and I thought I would never get any energy back but I finally did. Hang in there. My daughter has SAD and uses a light in the morning and says it helps a lot! Hugs!

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    1. I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better, Linda. I have never had a respiratory illness last this long. In fact I rarely even get a cold. I think my last one was about five years ago. My sister has one of those lights. I might see if I can borrow it. I don't think she ever uses it.

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  8. So sorry you are having a difficult time getting rid of the infection. Every time you turn around it seems someone is sick. I had colds right after another then had a viral infection. I pray you feel better soon

    We have had many, many cloudy days also, very depressing

    Cindy

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  9. So sorry for the "blues" and not kicking that infection. If the antibiotic doesn't work within 3-4 days, you need to call the doc and tell him/her as it should work really fast! I've had to go 2-3 times before when the lightweight antibiotics didn't work. I've learned now to ask for a stronger one. They usually prescribe the very weakest ones at first. I can see their reasoning, but sometimes they just don't work. I have SAD too.. have a lightbox that I used to use, but haven't for a few years. I need to get it out again, although the climate where I now live (central Oregon) has alot of sunshine and I love it. Before, when I lived in SW Washington, there were sometimes WEEKS of gray days. Here, we have sun at some part of the day, almost every day. It's wonderful. For me, if I can get outside and go for a walk, even on a gray day, it does help. Hugs to you.. Marilyn

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  10. It's been non-stop dreary and damp here, too - and I also suffer from SAD. I find that one thing that helps is simply getting out of the house. Even just running errands gives me a boost. I've heard those lightboxes help, but I haven't tried one yet. Sorry to hear you've been sick. Sometimes those viruses can hang on for weeks - and because they're viruses and not a bacterial infection, antibiotics won't help. Besides diffusing healing essential oils (you can make your own concoction of Thieves Oil from several different essential oils), do you take supplements...vitamin D, a probiotic, and now that you're sick, something with elderberry and oregano in it? You can talk to someone at your local health food store if you're not familiar with these things. {{hugs}}

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  11. Hi Laura,
    I am right there with you about the sun. I need sunlight too. January and February are hard months for me too. We are having unseasonably warm weather here in Chicago too. I have to say the mild temps feel good but with that has come no sun and lots of rain and foggy days. Would almost welcome colder temps and some sunshine. I hope we all get an early Spring. Sorry about your not feeling well too. Hope the antibiotic will kick in and help. Here to wishing to see Mr. Sunshine soon.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  12. I hear you about SAD, I think I have it too. I hate these gray days. Hope your weekend is full of sunshine!!

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