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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-08-20 06:24
Subject: [personal] Still sick
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Tags:friends, health, new zealand, personal, radiantlisa, travel
This is easily the worst cold of my adult life. We're about twelve days in for me now, about six days on for Lisa Costello. In that time I've enjoyed fever, chills, nausea, chest congestion, deep/wet coughs, nasal congestion, sore throat, croaky voice, loss of appetite, under sleeping, oversleeping, bad sleep, headache, and eye ache. Plus some things I've surely forgotten. As well as the usual lower GI festivities which always bedevil my days. As we have become a plague house, one of our forthcoming visitors has rightly cancelled, and another is on notice.

I am somewhat on the mend, and consider myself upgraded to merely wretched and largely incapacitated. Which trust me, is a substantial improvement over recent days.

On the very down side, [info]danjite seems to have also contracted this horrible cold. So we've got it going on both sides of the world.

I for one blame New Zealand's national fetish for unheated bathrooms and bedrooms . Breathing cold, damp air all night makes it really hard for me, at least, to stay ahead of this kind of respiratory infection once it starts to set in.

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User: soon_lee
Date: 2013-08-21 01:33 (UTC)
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It's not quite that bad. While it is true that historically, NZ homes were built with minimal/no insulation and heating mainly in living rooms only, things are changing. It's like we've deluded ourselves into thinking we live in a warmer climate than we actually do.

Maybe consider visiting here during our summer?
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User: lindadee
Date: 2013-08-20 17:14 (UTC)
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On my trip to Australia/New Zealand in 1999, we stayed 36 hours on a farm. The farmer and his wife were lovely people and had a beautiful house. The house was warm - if you stayed in the living room with the fire going. At night we retired to our rooms and slept under 4 wool blankets. As I found out the next morning, each of the four of us staying with the farmer at some point had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. The bathroom was down the hall from the bedroom and freezing cold. I think the farmer was bemused by us. (Oh, and the next day (Sept 1) was the official start of spring there.)
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2013-08-20 23:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yep, that's my everyday winter life. Wow, so you guys would normally heat the whole house all night? That must be expensive.
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User: lindadee
Date: 2013-08-21 19:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, central heat and, in my case, central air-conditioning. Air-conditioning in a home is amazingly rare in Seattle because it's seldom needed, but my condo has it! And, again unlike most U.S. cities, our summer electric bills are lower than our winter electric bills. That said, I like a warmer home than most people, probably, and because my apartment is all-electric, my winter electric bill runs just under US$300 for two months, while my summer bill runs less than $60 for two months. (I also have a digital thermostat that allows me to raise lower the temperature programmatically.)
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2013-08-21 23:04 (UTC)
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I see, that would make a big difference. Granted, I have a house rather than an apartment, but my winter electricity bill is over $US400 a month in winter - that covers an electric heater in the living room in the evening and two small ones during the colder days (we work from home). In the summer (no air con, not needed as Auckland has a very temperate climate) my bill is at its lowest - about $US300 a month. I shudder to imagine what the bill would be to heat the entire house 24/7. Probably close to a thousand dollars a month.
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Tyellas
User: tyellas
Date: 2013-08-20 21:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm so sorry. It's a carry-over from British culture - I have been in some shockingly cold British houses, and my British mom kept the house (in New England) freezing when we were growing up. Kiwis are finally getting over their "harden up" attitude about this and recognizing the health problems that result, but it's private residences that are getting warmed up first - rentals and hotels/motels come last. I hope you were warm enough at my abode...
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2013-08-20 23:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My Auckland house is more than 110 years old. I wear the kind of thermal underwear you use to climb Everest all winter (and some of spring and autumn too). And it's so damp we run dehumidifiers in the bedrooms all year round. I like sleeping in a cold room, though, and it's delightfully cool in the summer.

It's true that things are changing: most people are putting in heat pumps. But for me, every year when another winter looms I find I'd rather spend the money on going overseas. So my heating scheme consists of relocating every July/August. Works for me. I haven't had a cold for years.
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