First of all, for anyone who read my column last week, titled The Birthday Party Competition, I have to admit, we lost. My sister, and of course her baby, won the competition due to unforeseeable circumstances. Our birthday party was canceled on account of a nasty virus and an emergency room visit.
Anyway, our horrible weekend in the ER made me think. For the last month, there have been tons of nasty viruses being passed around from person to person, especially child to child, and I think there is only one possible cause; the crazy fluctuations in the weather. Well, it’s either that or something crazy like mutated viruses escaping from the labs where they were created like something straight out of Stephen King’s Outbreak, but until I see more evidence (i.e. watch the movie again) I’m going to stick with the weather theory.
This last snow storm was just the icing on the cake. In the past year we’ve had a winter where birds were singing, the sun was shining and temperatures were regularly well above the freezing point, and a spring where temperatures regularly fluctuate from 10 degrees to 70 degrees. I know this is all just one of the wonderful things about living in Central New York, but it’s getting to be a little ridiculous. In the morning you don’t know whether you should put on shorts or snow pants, and even if you make the right decision, the weather can turn as fast as a politician after campaign season.
Of course I have no scientific proof that the weather is affecting the strength and duration of common illnesses, but the change from warm weather to freezing cold weather and April showers to April blizzards can’t be helping things.
So why is the weather so crazy and how do we fix it? Well personally I kind of think we’re stuck between Heatmeiser and Snowmeiser’s territories, like in The Year Without a Santa Claus. (Sorry everything seems to relate back to movies today.) But I guess the crazy weather problem could just be because of where we live. (Mother Nature hates Central New York.) The only possible solution is to install a giant thermostat outside somewhere and try to regulate the temperature manually. Either that or just deal with it the way we’ve always dealt with it. When it’s cold and damp and you get the sniffles, you treat them with some tea and chicken noodle soup and wait for the weather to change. I promise it’s not going to take very long. I hear by the this weekend the temperatures will be back in the 60’s, and who knows, by next week it could be anywhere from 5 degrees to 105. We’ll just have to wait and see.