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Pacing really is my friend Mike... Without it I'd be a lost cause...

I have no problem with cold at all. I was out in it all yesterday and found the weather quite balmy...

I was busy...

Changed the ATF in my XM yesterday and did as I always do with a Hydraulic Citroen, just put the car on high on a level surface. No stands, no jacks, no hassle...

I checked the level on the dipstick before commencing and it was perfect. I drained out the old, saw it was nice and clean and measured 4.3 litres out. I measured 4.3 litres of new back in...

Then I checked the front spheres on the XM and found the corners a bit low and the centre Hydractive was OK pressure-wise but was a little one. I had a new 500cc one in stock so fitted that..

Then I washed the car ready for the run to Somerset today...

I did really want to check the rear spheres but pacing said I'd done more than enough so I stopped and relaxed. I had done more than I should have. I was tucked up in bed by 8...

Thanks for the offer of a cuppa on the way back Mike but this time I'm going the scenic route... It looks like it'll be a nice day and there's better way to go than pushing an XM along motorways...

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I hope that you enjoy yourself, Jim, and have a comfortable and bracing drive.

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:I hope that you enjoy yourself, Jim, and have a comfortable and bracing drive.
It was good James, Very good. The XM as a cruiser is very, very good indeed...

And it did the journey perfectly without a spot of any fluids used and not much petrol either...

It amuses me that other drivers don't expect an XM to go like a scalded cat and get a heck of a surprise when it does.

This morning the V6 Xantia has been washed and checked over and the XM wiped over with a chamois ready for the X rally... It'll not move again now until Sunday morning...

Tomorrow I will do the same to the Activa. It's about time it was woken from its slumbers and got ready for summer...

The V6 will have a long rest over the summer this year ready for next winter and during the warm dry months the Activa will become daily driver... Looking forward to that...

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Saturday was good. As fully covered in David Halllworth's blog, a very interesting trip to BL Autos :-D Very much enjoyed...

I dug my Activa out of hibernation for that trip and discovered just how badly the rear ram is leaking. It's not weeping, it's crying long and loud :evil: I must fix it...

It was lovely to have the Activa back on the road and it's now my summer daily driver... The V6 has gone for a long summer rest.

I finally got fed up with my XM being a bit intermittent on starting and on Saturday afternoon I fitted a helper relay and touch-wood so far the starting has been perfect.

Sunday was the most excellent X Rally. Very, very much enjoyed except it was too short to speak to everybody in one day...

I paid dearly though for a very busy weekend :twisted: Overdid the weekend big-time. Sod it. Thoroughly enjoyed it and if that’s the consequence of a great weekend then so be it. I'd rather suffer a few days of being really ill every now and again rather than just sit at home bored...

Mustn't overdo it like that too often as it takes nearly a week to fully recover...

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I hope this is not a silly question, Jim, but do you feel ill, or just really tired? A long time back I used to do security, and for a while I was doing 100 hours a week (which damned near burned me out). Something that helped was Radox bath salts. Pine was best, but now you only have the choice of muscle soak or vapour therapy. You can get them from Tesco, or Poundland.

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The Activa as your summer daily, you will have a constant grin! :lol:

I do like your XM Jim, my ride out in it with Will driving extremely carefully was very enjoyable :roll:

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:I hope this is not a silly question, Jim, but do you feel ill, or just really tired?
The doc and specialist have diagnosed me with something similar, but have termed it post-viral fatigue. The symptoms are pretty much the same as Jim has, though I think mine is not as bad. Mine's not helped by thyroid problems , and it might also be made worse by my nose , which is having an operation on it shortly..

Anyway, ill, or just tired? How about so tired it makes you feel ill? My main problem is the pain I get after any sort of exertion. It's in my joints, not pulled or tired muscles, though muscle pain is something else I get. I usually get joint pain in knees, ankles, toes (!), fingers, and my shoulders. The pain in my hands was so severe that I was sent to have scans of both as the doc thought it was arthritis ( I have private care through my employer) but there's little wrong with my hands. The pain can drive me crazy though, which is why I don't like to work on the cars so much these days. Brain Fog - awful. Just like a fog, and it can descend at any time. I can feel it coming on these days, and to me, it now means "sleep immediately", because if I don't, things go downhill from then on. I can't stand bright lights, whether it be artificial or sunlight (on holiday in Cornwall this week, not seen much sun, that's for sure). I quite often have swollen glands seemingly for no reason. I sometimes get palpitations or irregular heartbeat, but the beta-blockers I take seem to have stopped this, so it can be put down to adrenal fatigue I believe. Getting good sleep often seems impossible because of the "illness".

Now, to look at me, you'd think I was a normal(ish) healthy, 39 year old chap. I have tests at the doc regularly because of my thyroid problems and get a health-check at work every year. I AM healthy - could do to lose a couple of stone, but I'm essentially fit. Why then, if I overdo it slightly do I feel in so much pain, and , well, it's hard to describe just how utterly wasted you feel - like you, I did security years ago, and worked many weird hours. I worked 12 hour night shifts for years and had interrupted sleep for a couple of years back in 06/07 and was tired then. It doesn't come close to what I feel when this hits. I feel like I have a small electric current coursing through me, my ears buzz a little, and my whole body is just useless. You remember that feeling you get in your skin, almost like a burning when you have been playing in the snow without gloves and a parent made you put your hands in front of the fire - like a weird heat? I get that in my arms, like they are on fire, and I just give up and have to sleep, my joints ache.. so I drug myself up with Lyrica and go to sleep. I've often got a permanent cold.

Here's the weird thing about the condition though.... sometimes I go to the gym at work, and I'll do 30 mins on the cross-trainer on a high level, get my heart rate up to , and keep it at 155 for 30 mins, 10 mins on the rower, then 3 sets of 15 on the chest press with 40kgs on, 3 sets shoulder press, 40kgs on, lateral pull downs with 60kgs on.. a couple of things with the kettlebells and free weights, then finish off with 10 mins on the bike and a cool down slow jog on the treadmill.

It doesn't hurt. I feel great. I'm not unfit. When the fatigue kicks in though, I feel like I'm 90 and about to shuffle off this mortal coil. It's a very, very strange condition.

Sorry for hijacking Jim, I just thought I'd say how fatigue makes me feel..

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Northern_Mike wrote: Sorry for hijacking Jim, I just thought I'd say how fatigue makes me feel..
No worries, you have described it absolutely perfectly Mike :-D So that's it James. Just as Mike but a little less of the pain. It's the brain fog that keeps me off the forums. Trying to concentrate on them is useless. Also, my best time of day is early in the morning which is why I post most then..

Just have a look on the ME Association website at the set of symptoms and that's what the likes of Mike and I live with every day; thankfully the symptoms fluctuate from almost gone to full-on 100% but it's always there and it's only very careful management of what you do on a daily basis that makes it manageable...

I'd not wish it on my worst enemy... :evil:
Citroenmad wrote:The Activa as your summer daily, you will have a constant grin! :lol:
I'm going to 'grin' the Activa to work today Chris :-D
Citroenmad wrote:I do like your XM Jim, my ride out in it with Will driving extremely carefully was very enjoyable :roll:
Ahh, so that's why the cooling fans were running then :wink: :lol: You took it so slowly there was not enough airflow through the rad to keep it cool :lol: :lol:

That car loves being driven with some spirit :)

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I think most of my problems are with irregular hours and hard work when I was younger. I was a commercial fisherman from 17 to 39, often just getting a couple of hours sleep maximum, and IIRC the longest on deck without a break was about 55 hours, If you've ever watched the bbc series "Trawlermen" which was based in NE Scotland, thats exactly what I did. Mow, ant physical exertion at all leaves me sore, and virtually unable to move next day. It is a bit better now. I have also battled depression for quite a few years, and when I'm mentally down the physical symptoms get worse. I too now have to plan days in advance, just now is difficult, but hey ha, have to keep going. Once I get moved, hopefully things will settle down. I'm like you guys, I wouldn't wish what's all wrong with me on worst enemies.

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Oh gosh Davie, that's awful :( Very much a similar but different manifestation of what Mike and I have so I know exactly what you're up against... I reaklly hope the move goes really smoothly and when all is done you can get some good relaxation in.
daviemck2006 wrote:. I too now have to plan days in advance, just now is difficult, but hey ha, have to keep going.
Absolutely right. If we didn't take a keep going and battling on attitude then we'd just sit in a corner and well, just fade to nothing and that would be infinitely worse than the condition itself.

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CitroJim wrote:Absolutely right. If we didn't take a keep going and battling on attitude then we'd just sit in a corner and well, just fade to nothing and that would be infinitely worse than the condition itself.
Been there and done that one and thats how I'm trying very hard to stay positive through all the crap coming my way just now. Probably like you guys I havs spells of relative normality, and then bang it goes bad for a while. Getting better just now so as they say onwards and upwards. As I said some where else if you are in hell, don't stop and look about, keep running.

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A lot of people don't credit just how badly, messed up headspace can affect the body. Then the two start feeding off one another, and it gets worse.

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That Adam, is very true...

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Apart from washing the Activa, which was very mossy green after being in hibernation for the winter, I did little to my own cars this weekend. I planned to do the rear ram on the Activa but I really wasn't up to it but did observe now the weather has perked up a bit the leak is now just an ever decreasing weep so the urgency has gone again...

The lacquer peel is getting worse though and it looked after washing like the poor car had a bad case of dandruff :lol:

Had visits from two Xantia owners this morning, apart from it being social visits, one to change his V6 gearbox oil and another to check his spheres on my tester... I did none of the work, just provided facilities, entertainment and refreshments...

The V6 owner is in fact an XM Owner too, Mike (Xantia_V6), who is the owner of a LHD manual ES9 V6 he keeps in France. We ended up having a good natter about his acquisition and comparing the differences between a French and UK market one. There appears to be many subtle differences like no deadlocking, no CD Changer and possibly no alarm amongst other things...

The other Xantia owner was our very own Sid_The_Squid with his rather lovely Dante Red HDi. Really good to see you again Sid :-D

Later I went over to the Team WFA HQ to see how the RX-8 work is coming along. I sat on a ride-on mower there, took it for a spin and ended up mowing quite a sizeable lawn. Ride-on mowers are seriously good fun and I very much enjoyed it :D

And after driving one across grass for an hour or so it makes the XM feel so comfy...

The choice of car to go to WFA HQ was a straight contest between the XM and the Activa; the XM won on this occasion :)

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It was good to see you to Jim, that XM of yours is absolutely lovely, what a beautiful ride, makes my Xantia feel almost steel sprung in comparison.
Thanks for your help today, I reckon I'll try the replacement corner spheres as you suggested, once finances allow :)