Don Bauder 3:30 p.m., Jan. 21
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Spring Colds--From "Feeling Well" to "Feeling Like Hell!"
"Just when I'm feeling chipper as I please/ that's when they show me all my sinus cavities!" --Alan Sherman, from "Headaches" on NUTTY THINGS, THIS TIME WITH STRINGS!
Right now, I'm fighting off a really heavy-duty spring cold. For the past three days, I've been sneezing, coughing, spitting up goop, and feeling like somebody up there decided to dump a load of pain right onto my shoulders. My temperment, like my energy level, is not optimal.
To deal with this, I've been downing plenty of grape juice (citrus juices and I do not get along all that well), eating lighter meals, and downing plenty of iced water and chilled tea. I also use Benadryl to control my sneezing, and Ibuprofen for the occasional bout of body pain.
However, even though I'm sick--life goes on, and I have things to do. I just pace myself as I do them. Got my laundry done, did a bit of housework, picked up this afternoon's mail, cooked dinner (burgers on the grill), thought of a blog topic for tonight--standard daily living things for me.
Still, between noon and three pm, I found time to take a siesta. I tend to function a bit better if I can get one in, especially if I'm not at my best. Still, when I wake up from my snooze, I get rather dehydrated. Two liters of chilled water sets me right.
Hopefully, by tomorrow, my health will improve. However, the virus that causes rhinitis (the common cold) can only be fought successfully with time. Right now, I'm feeling so-so...so I think it's time for me to snuggle under some covers and warm up. Catch y'all in a few days!