m a y 2 0 1 6 A L I V E E A S T B A Y 23 come up with all those crayon colors. More exhaustive research (really, you have to ask?) has confirmed that one effective medicinal treatment for Spring Fever is apparently sports viewing. Fortunately for the afflicted, spring begins with the conclusion of March Madness—the NCAA basketball tournament. College B-ball transitions into the start of the major league baseball season. As MLB picks up momentum, we slide into the NBA and Hockey playoffs. Granted, professional basketball and hockey playoffs both seem to extend well into the summer months, but they can still provide medicinal benefits when the virus reaches a climax. Add a sprinkling of golf, tennis and soccer; it’s all just a build up to my favorite spring sport medicine treatment, the NFL draft. The draft seems to bring my fever down better than two Advil and a picnic. Spring has long been referred to as a prelude to summer—a summer tease. That’s right, exhaustive research (of course I made it up) states that most people feel that the breezy cloud-filled days of April and May are preparing us for, or a build up to, the warm days and starfilled nights of June, July and August. Flying kites, tending gardens and cleaning house are ideal ways to prep for family camp outs, company BBQs and neighborhood pool parties. Musically, spring is Kenny G and Christopher Cross where summer is more Def Leppard and Journey. Exhaustive research (I asked my daughters this time), says a more contemporary musical reference (something from the last decade) would be Taylor Swift, One Direction or Adele (Spring), and Fall Out Boy, Bruno Mars or Jason Aldean (Summer). Spring Fever is rarely terminal although it can certainly feel like you’re dying a slow death if you’re stuck in a classroom or office building on a beautiful sun-filled weekday afternoon. Adults arejust as susceptible to the fever as kids. I’ve personally known at least two coworkers who have spent time in “treatment facilities” as the result of over medicating the Spring Fever with margaritas and mojitos. The secret to successfully dealing with the onset of the fever is to first recognize the fever’s five “R” triggers: 1) Realize when you just can’t stand to be indoors another second, 2) Respect the call of the outdoors, 3) Respond to the calling, 4) Reward yourself with an abundance of outdoor living, and rinse and wipe. Wipe? Sorry, wrong illness. 5) Repeat step 4 over and over again until exhausted. A little bit of spring fever can actually make your weekends so much more enjoyable and rewarding. My last bit of exhaustive research (common sense) says, Spring Fever may not be curable, but it is treatable.
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