The Cold


I hadn’t been sick in about five years, which I attribute to a reasonable attempt on my part to stay healthy, but also to good genes. About three weeks ago a co-worker in my work unit developed a bad cold, the most prominent feature of which is chronic coughing. Within a few days two other co-workers came down with what appeared to be the same thing. My work unit had turned into a disease vector.

As the daily absence count mounted and work piled up I became concerned, but knew that my co-workers would come in if they were up to it. One of them ended up in the hospital on oxygen and at that point I knew this was no garden variety cold.

Right about that time I became symptomatic. It started with a headache and a feeling of exhaustion. I went home early, climbed into bed and didn’t emerge until the next morning. That pre-emptive move turned out to be impactful. I was able to go to work the next day, courtesy of DayQuil. After a couple of days my symptoms began to subside, but now it’s a week later and I still have a bit of a cough.

All of this is to explain the absence of posts recently. It’s been work, home, dinner, bed by 9 p.m., so I haven’t had time to write anything. The good news is that I’ve been saving up a bunch of ideas for posts, so the floodgates are about to open.

Thanks to NyQuil and DayQuil for getting me through the past week. I’m almost done with the withdrawal.

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