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18 February 2003 @ 11:33 am
Stress is good for you  
I woke up this morning with a sore throat. The two most obvious possible reasons i thought of this were:

A: I was singing along too much with Heather Alexander's Shadow Stalker CD (badly of course) on the way to and back from work yesterday, and wore my throat out.

B: The theory that a lot of my ex-coworkers held to, that when you're stressed out your body goes into overtime trying to keep sickness down, as soon as the stress is over, your body collapses from the extended effort and the sickness takes over. They came up with this theory to explain why so many people got through crunch times without getting sick at all, and then came down with something as soon as they were given time off. Of course it could as easily be a collusion of coincidences as anything else.
 
 
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Hoobustank - Crawling In The Dark
 
 
 
Dalton Grahamdaltong on February 18th, 2003 12:33 pm (UTC)
Theory B: That happened to my mom a lot.

She was the editor of catalogs for a community college. Every year, a few days before we would go on vacation, the registration catalog would be due. (I'm not sure why our vacations were always scheduled right after that; you'd think we would've learned.) This meant weeks of agony of making sure that every course number was right, that all the prereqs were right, that the description was right, that the numbers in the descriptions matched the numbers in the index, etc etc. It involved a lot of coordinating with the professors, who were careless about turning in their descriptions. My mom is a perfectionist (made her a great editor), so the whole thing was very intense for her.

Then we would go on vacation in Florida at one particular beach and as soon as we got to the beach house, WHAM her back would go out. One year it was so bad that she spent the entire vacation in bed while we swam and enjoyed the view of the ocean in the living room and came back to visit her in the dark, viewless master bedroom as often as possible.

We were pretty clear that this was causation, not just correlation.