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I'm fresh out of flintiness, since whatever the rest of the country is flipping out about has been going on here since November.  Worst winter on record here.  Freak unexpected blizzard yesterday.  I'm sick.  Just this side of dressing in furs, eating seal blubber and going to work riding a reindeer.  

The thing about the cold, about the snow, is that it kills you by making your brain very sleepy, and you just want to lie down and let the cold consume you.  It's very disturbing.  I can't think of another dangerous weather condition that does that.  Normally, the brain does the flight or fight thing when in a life-threatening situation.  Except in hypothermia.  The you try to burrow and hibernate.

Victim may feel sick to their stomach, and very tired. Often, a person will experience a warm sensation, as if they have recovered, but they are in fact heading into Stage 2. (...)

Movements are slow and labored, accompanied by a stumbling pace and mild confusion, although the victim may appear alert.(...)

the victim exhibits incoherent/irrational behavior including terminal burrowing or even a stupor(...)

An important tenet of treatment is that a person is not dead until he/she is warm and dead. Remarkable accounts of recovery after prolonged cardiac arrest have been reported in patients with hypothermia, like children who have been submerged in cold lakes for more than 15 minutes, being called mini-hibernation.

I'm currently experiencing some kind of existential generalized hypothermia together with the irritability that accompanies cabin fever.  The only thing keeping me from going all Jack Torrance is that I am too sleepy and lethargic.  No energy for homicide.  I just want to burrow and sleep.

The rest of you have no excuse though.  Get to work!

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 12:45:45 PM EST
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