From Elisabeth SIEGEL
® . . . . . . . . .Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 12:10:03 +0100
Subject: Season not over yet!
It turned out that the Mars observing season was not over for me yet. I hadn't taken account of the fact that Mars moves eastwards this rapidly. So I've managed to make another 6 observations in February, and I've posted them to you today, so please look out for them in your mail.
Apart from this, right now I sympathize with your situation more than I would like to. I, too, had a "significant" birthday recently - on February 15, I turned 50. That's okay. But eight days later I consulted my doctor about some severe headaches that I've developed over the last year or so, and it turned out that I suffer from really severe hypertension. When I see the doctor again in a few days' time, he'll prescribe medication for me that I will probably have to take for the rest of my life. It also means that I will probably have to quit smoking, which is just about the only thing that I simply cannot imagine myself succeeding in doing. Right now I'm trying to cut down on the tobacco, with the aim of stopping altogether, but it is not easy - everything in life just seems bland and dull without the smoke! - - So, as you can imagine, I'm not particularly happy these days. I think of you and hope that you've found some medication that both works and feels better for you.
With best wishes,