04 March 2014

The dungeon and the Dragon

Usually around wintertime I get extremely heavy and tired, not just depressed (although that too), but exhausted from simply climbing the stairs. Come early fall I felt it sneaking up on me again, worse than ever, and someone suggested I have my vitamin D levels checked. I tried, and the nurse refused, considering such a deficiency unlikely, this close to summer. I tried again. She refused me again, causing friends and allies to dub her the Dragon. Third attempt involved a full-blown meltdown in the waiting area, and finally the Dragon agreed to take my blood, which revealed a serious vitamin D deficiency.

All this is just to say: This winter is the first I have actually been awake. Not always happy because the dungeon is murder, but awake. Meeting spring with energy is new to me too: I am not crawling towards the light, this time, I am running.

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Also: everything is beautiful.

Diamonds

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Absolutely everything.

The lakes


The lakes

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This glove would like to point something out to you.

Baby we could die tomorrow

Baby, we could die tomorrow.

We better make it count, don't you think?

(And: don't let a dragon stop you, if you feel something is wrong!)


 

13 comments:

  1. I am very happy to see that you have defeated this dragon, I am loving all these positive vibes from the winter in CPH. Beautiful pictures, they actually have warm colours!

    Greetings from Montpellier :)

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    1. Now that you mention it, they do have warm colors. Maybe it helps that we had almost no snow or subzero temperatures, it was a mild (but still dark) winter. Really good news for the trees too, with almost no salt to dehydrate them.

      Greetings from Copenhagen back at you. : )

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  2. You're right: everything is beautiful! These photos capture that terrifically.

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    1. Ha, thank you. I think Copenhagen is flirting with us.

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  3. Good for you for listening to your own body (and for sticking with your gut feeling)! I have noticed a difference in you but I wasn't sure if it was due to your amazingly short and painless winter this year.... Yes, I am so jealous ;)xox and glad you have not descended into the dungeon. Your pictures are fantastically beautiful as always!

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    1. It turns out, I should have done it a long time ago. But I really thought it was supposed to be like that, sleeping half of the year away. My reason for writing about it, was that hopefully someone else, in the same situation, will see it and consider the vitamin D supplement.

      Funny that you noticed. You can somehow always tell when I am feeling blue. Hugs for that. <3

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    2. You know, I am reading more and more about that. Kind of a silent winter problem... Thank you for bring it out in the open. Hugs right back at you! ;)

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  4. Hej, Sandra!

    Thank you so much for these photos! I would walk right by these sights without noticing any of them.

    And another "Good for you" for standing up to the Big Medicine Machine. I'm sure the Dragon was given a lecture or two about how important it is to save money. It seems that your health is not as important to them as saving money!

    -NHcycler

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    1. Oh, but you must notice, try! : )

      It was happy that I didn't give up, but on the other hand, it shouldn't have taken three attempts or even so many winters for me to finally get there. I told the Dragon, that I was awake for the first winter I can remember, and how impossible she nearly made it. She was both happy and slightly ashamed, maybe she will give others the benefit of the doubt now.

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  5. I love the side shot of the glove. And I'm glad you defeated your own personal Nurse Ratchet. I think I'll go take a vitamin!

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    1. That glove. I didn't touch it, it was all posed like that by itself. How is the daylight situation in your end of the world? Here, we have almost none during the winter months, my guess is that all Danes could benefit from a hit of D.

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  6. i don't get that vitamin D has to be prescribed by a doctor. it is the same here in france whereas i think they just put it in the milk in the US, if i remember correctly. maybe this is why there are so positive all the time, and french seem so sarcastic and miserable all the time???? well anyway good for you Sandra!
    we're having good weather here (only a wee or so), and it makes all the difference. hope you have this kinda weather for you next trip.
    xoxo

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    1. Ah, no you can buy vitamin D in the drugstore, only if you don't know the correct dosage, or if the extreme fatigue is maybe something more serious, it is useless. They recommended I have my levels checked, but they forgot about the dragon slaying part. Ha.

      The sun is out here too, and it makes everything a hundred percent better. You have even more daylight hours than us, and warmer weather too. Oh, Paris. <3

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