So, I had a different post scheduled for today, but changed my mind. The post I wanted to put up was much cheerier, and I’m not in a cheery mood. Yeah, I’m crabby today. Have I scared you off yet?
I’m writing this on the fly, so pardon any mistakes. You see, I woke up with a cold this morning. I know, just deal with it, because everybody gets colds. But nope, not me. I did get the flu two years ago, but before that, I hadn’t had a cold in five years. You can imagine what a wuss I am if I do catch the rare bug. This is not to say that I don’t have other health issues. I struggle with pain every day, and an additional cold just adds to the uncomfortable heaviness of this body I’m carrying around.
I can usually tell if a cold is coming on by the sore throat and tiredness that precedes the other symptoms. This time that did not happen. Yesterday afternoon I was sneezing quite a bit, but didn’t feel sick, so I attributed it to allergies. I took an allergy pill, and it only made a teensy improvement in the tickly nose. Still, I figured I just needed a stronger dose (but didn’t take one).
In the middle of the night last night was when the symptoms of a cold hit me. No sore throat, but I couldn’t breathe and my head ached. Still experiencing those symptoms now, plus a tired, dragging body. I ache all over, but I can’t tell if that is the usual pain or from the cold. Good news is, I don’t have a fever, so hopefully this is just a quick in-and-out virus. I have a busy week next week, so it better be gone by then.
I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m just surprised, because I didn’t have any clue this was coming on, and I’m not my usual self. So, enough of my complaining. On the bright side, I have the food in the house that Mom used to make for me when I got sick. I’ll be off to slurp on pastina, and do my favorite thing when resting up due to a cold . . . watch the old Dick Van Dyke Show with Mary Tyler Moore. It makes me laugh, and you know what they say about laughter. Pastina and Dick Van Dyke are the cure for what ails me.
If I didn’t scare you off, thanks for reading this through. Now, how about you? Do you have anything to complain about today? Can you tell when a cold is coming on? If so, what are your symptoms? Do you have a ritual that helps you through?