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Apr 17, 2006

April's Taxing Sleepiness

Gb01_1 Every April it comes.  The clouds of allergy-induced sleepiness that make for a few weeks of low-energy nothingness.  Fortunately, I've gotten used to it so that (a) it comes as no surprise and (b) I plan for it.

Want something from me in April?  You're probably not going to get it.  (e.g., regular daily blogs.)  Although the tax men are getting their part this year, mailed out on April 17 (aka "today" for those of you following along in your government calendars).

Two things about sleepiness -- the allergy kind and the sickness kind.

Recent research shows that the allergy-related sleepiness is, in fact, part of the body dealing with allergies -- not just the body dealing with allergy medicines.  I could have told them this years ago, had they only asked.  Right now I'm in the midst of the maximum sleep impact -- 12 hours of sleep per night, a two-hour nap in the afternoon, and maybe another short nap or two in between those sessions.  Fortunately, again, I'm self-employed (aka "self-unemployed" this time of year).  Also fortunately, I'm sufficiently type B to have come to enjoy these sleeps -- much as modest drunks enjoy a little afternoon buzz.

Burkinafaso_07_tsetsefly_524 The other thing to mention -- I'm glad that I don't have African Trypanosomiasis aka "sleeping sickness".  That stuff will kill you.  Which makes me wonder, by the way, why both Gabon and Tanzania have issued postage stamps featuring the sickness's vector: the tsetse fly.  A similar stamp from Burkina Faso seems to commemorate the scientist who discovered the connection.  Poland has a tsetse fly stamp related to an international parasitology conference held in Warsaw in 1978.  (Why not a photo of the communist government sucking the life out of its citizens?  I dunno.)

Trypano1 What if we had similar stamps for the US.  What would show?  I mean, we can't claim the water pump for cholera, unprotected sex for AIDS, or anything of the sort.  And no, I'm not willing to accept a stamp showing dangling chads as the source of current problems in Iraq or the Gulf of Mexico.  I'm just confused.  And rambling.  And in need of a nap.  And maybe a commemorative stamp.

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I hear you on the sleepiness! I took 2 naps this weekend; one each day. And they were glorious. One was a two-hour nap that didn't even end up giving me an evilly fuzzy head. The second was a 20-minute catnap that would have been hours, except I got a phone call waking me up and telling me to clean the house and do my laundry. And offering help to do so. How can you turn down someone who wants to clean your house with you? Speaking of rambling....

Posted by: lastewie | Apr 17, 2006 7:20:52 AM

That makes me feel better about my allergy induced torpor. I actually took a sick day today so I could sleep and I could go to sleep again right now. And it has the nice side effect of soothing those red, irritated eyes. Lovely, lovely sleep zzzzzzz.

Posted by: marianne | Apr 17, 2006 5:28:52 PM

I love naps! It's the ultimate me time.

Posted by: Sarah | Apr 17, 2006 9:37:09 PM

I used to get sick every year in the early spring. At least now I understand what's going on. Since I've been on allergy drugs, I usually don't get sick, which is good. This spring, we've had a little rain shower every few days, which is nice -- it seems to wash the pollen out of the air.

When I was 11, I had, well, probably not sleeping sickness, but what was probably viral encephalitis. I was in a coma for a week, and out of school for a month. Since some people never recover at all, I guess I'm lucky to be here.

And my candidate for a US stamp: a tornado. (Other places do have them, but we're the champs.)

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Apr 19, 2006 9:05:21 AM

Whoo -- and it's started earlier this year. ~March 21.

Posted by: Phil | Mar 26, 2009 11:12:23 PM