Despite waking up with a sore throat, a brain-banging headache, runny nose, and phlemy throat, I dragged myself to do a light work out this morning on the trainer. And I mean light. I didn’t even push it. Something has to keep me from gaining weight from all these cough drops, eh? Just kidding, I got the sugar free kind.
I’m dying here. This is the second cold that’s hit me in a month and there’s no excuse for it. I have no kids. I haven’t run naked in the snow… lately… I keep up my health. I just don’t understand. Okay, so, I don’t take vitamins–that all seems like voodoo to me. I’m just skeptical of the whole natural cure thing. I used to take zinc when I had a cold because everyone was so convinced that it would dilute the effects of your cold, but it never worked for me. I really think it’s a placebo effect on everyone who takes them. If you believe you’re going to get better by taking a supplement, then you will.
So what do I do for a cold? I take Day-Quil every four hours until night at which time I suck down the NyQuil. I take Tylenol and use nasal spray and suck on cough drops. I think with a cold it’s all about making yourself as comfortable as you can while you’re miserable. Last night, I blew off my walk outside and just sat on the couch watching TV and writing a letter to Sarah all night (and I’m still working on it, Sarah, I swear!). I ate some tomato soup and drank warm tea. I spent the evening in PJs. I don’t know what else I can do but live out the course of this damn illness.
I’m not one to sit around. I hate doing nothing. So it killed me to not get my extra exercise in last night (the walk). Obviously because I got up this morning to ride the trainer. I’ve got stuff to do and this damn cold is getting in the way. The hacking cough is the worst! I panicked last night that I had bronchitis but I don’t think I do. Nor pneumonia. When I looked up both illnesses online, they talked about green “sputum” which I don’t think I’m having. Gross.
I’m hoping this goes away quickly. I was planning on doing a ride with the bike club on Sunday. Nothing hard, we’re just donning our bikes in Christmas decorations and riding around Silver Lake to look at light displays on people’s houses. But it sounded fun and I was willing to sport warm clothes to brave the cold, or whatever the weather will be like Sunday. The reports have been all over the board for the week–rain, snow, sleet, 20 degrees, 30 degrees, 49 degrees. I can’t keep track of it all. Sounds like Ohio is having a cold or perhaps suffering from the manic-depression all of its inhabitants endure in the winter.
Of course, I haven’t seen the sun in days… Saw it briefly on Saturday and was almost tempted to ride the Beast, but when I stepped outside it was barely 20 degrees so I came to my senses. Plus, it turned out to be kind of windy. Ick. I guess that might have sped my cold up and made it worse, in retrospect.
Right now, I just wish I could go home and sleep on my couch for a few hours. Good news is, I don’t have a fever. So I don’t have the flu, which is good since I bragged again liberally that I never take the flu shot and I never get the flu. That would have surely left me with egg on my face!