Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.

Perhaps just more than a Cold?

   Well here I am six days later and still fighting off the “THE COLD”, or side effects there off.  Well five days ago, I gave up, and went to the doctor for meds.  Seems what was a cold morphed into a slight bronchial lung infection.  I am now on my final day of a five-day regiment of Azithromycin, which is an antibiotic found to be effective for this type of thing.  That combined with some Muslex to aid in getting some of the gunk out of my lungs, has help put me back on to the road to recovery.

   In doing some research, I have learned about gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria.  Seems like the type of bacteria I feel victim to was the gram-negative variety of bacteria.  The interesting thing about colds is sometimes the thing that really makes you sick is not the cold, but the side effect flare-up of other things that can grow while your immune system is busy fighting off the cold virus.   So as it turns out, a bacterium’s best friend turns out to be a virus!

   Well today, I can once again breathe without having to take what feels like forced breaths.  Unlike a couple of days ago, I can also take a deep breath without feeling a slight deep-seated pain on the right-sided of my chest.  And last night was about the first night in three weeks that I did not have to keep blowing my nose throughout the night.  It was also the first night I was able to sleep in increments greater than a couple of hours, unlike the last couple weeks. 

   I find it truly hard to imagine what things were like back before there were the medicines we have available to us to-day.   When it comes to illnesses, I must say, “I do not long for the good ol’ days”!

February 20, 2011 Posted by | Cold, Cold, cough, Flu, Healthcare, Illness, sick | Leave a comment

What, Another COLD!

   Can it be, another cold?  Seems like it was only last month that I was making note of being under the weather once again.  I wonder if I can sort out entries by category?  If so, I might just have a blog on the illnesses of me!

   As I think back, this one started out as a very minor sore throat about five weeks ago, which lasted about four or five days and went away.  Then about a ten days ago, I had the classic sinus cold kick in, with all the head pressure, unable to breath through the nose, and general, not feeling the best.  After a couple of days and very long nights of this, things shifted down to the throat and it felt somewhat like a replay of the sore throat a few weeks prior.  Then things moved further south into the lungs.

   So now, I have that heavy congested chest feeling.  You, know, the one where every once in a while you feel like taking an extra deep breath to catch up.  Glans along the back of the jaw are swollen.  Sinus’s still plug up every late afternoon and night.  Throat is just a tiny bit sore, or perhaps just more ticklish throughout the day.

   Speaking of nights, when this first kicked in, every night, it seemed like my nose just wanted to run throughout the night.  Keep lots and lots of tissue handy, is all I can say on that one.  So right now, aside from feeling like I am coughing up a lung every now and then, I have not had any fever to speak of, what so ever? 

   So I am sure this is not a flu bug, but rather a common cold that as is so typical for me, transitioned into a minor respiratory infection that hopefully will work itself out.  I suppose I could run to the doctor get a bunch of antibiotics, but I really would like my body to build up some old fashion self immunity to some of the bugs the grandkids keep exposing me to.  After all, what doesn’t kill us, sure makes life miserable. 

That is the saying isn’t it?

February 13, 2011 Posted by | Cold, Cold, cough, Flu, Illness, sick | Leave a comment

This cold has fooled me….

   Well I thought for sure that my cold had left, only to be fooled into over confidence.  Each night I have had my throat start to fill clogged and my nose start to plug back up.  No fever, so apparently no infections.  I have had a tickle in my throat that hangs on day after day.  So, coughing off and on during the day, thick throat and plugged nose at night.

   Then in the morning, it’s wake up with cotton mouth, as I was not breathing through my nose.  My mouth feels like a desert through which the camels have been dragging their tails.  I suspect that my breath represents the passage of beasts as well.  Then is up for work, shower, cough, dry off, cough, shave, cough, dress and give a cough for good luck.

   About this time, I start to feel half way normal again and head in to work.  Their I spend my day feeling, not to bad, but having to pop the occasional cough drop, in order to qualm the throat tickle that keeps re-occurring throughout the day.

   I get home at night and the cycle begins anew.  I am beginning to think that perhaps getting the flu might have been better.  At least with the flu, I’ve always felt back to normal in about 3 or 4 days!

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Cold, cough, Flu | , , | 1 Comment

The end of my Cold has arrived.

   Well, it has been seven days today since my cold set in.  As of this morning I finally felt back to 100% normal.   Monday and Tuesday, I was still waking up with a plugged nostril, but a handful of kleenex was lasting the whole day.  Yesterday was much better, though I did have a piercing head pain that would not go away.  By head pain, I do not mean a head-ache.  This was a pain, starting on the left upper side of my head, which drove like a nail right into dead center between the ears.  Not sure what a migraine is supposed to feel like, but maybe I now do?

   Today, one full week from last Thursday, I felt very much back to normal, with the exception of a minor head-ache that seemed to come and go throughout the day. 

   So, how long does a cold last?  Well, this one was bad for four and better for three days.  But regardless, this cold was still better than coming down with a flu bug.

   May yours be non-existant.

December 3, 2009 Posted by | Cold, cough, Flue | , | Leave a comment

Putting Cold predictions to the test.

   Should have known better than to write anything about catching a cold without tempting fate.   For a nice Thanksgiving treat, I am being treated to a good old fashion head cold.  So after a couple nights of sinus head pressure combined with a good case of post nasal drip, drip, drip, I am starting to feel a little bit better on day three.

   Though still better than coming down with the flu, I really wish this could have held off until after Turkey Day!  Food is not as good when you are constantly interrupted with a blowing your nose, and or coughing.  It also tends to place you down at the far end of the table from the other family members.  Not that I blame them of course. 

  So, if all predictions are correct, I can perhaps look forward to getting my first good nights sleep tonight.  So far, no problems with chest congestion, so hopefully this on will not morf into an infection battle. 

  So, just like everyone else, I really do not like colds!

November 28, 2009 Posted by | Cold, cough, sick | | Leave a comment

Head Cold is back again!

     Seems like it was only a couple months ago, I was making note about having a cold.  Actually, I think it was only a couple months ago.   But, regardless, here I am again suffering through the sneezing, runny nose, stuffed up nasal passages and sinus pressure like little balloons hyper inflating themselves inside the front of my skull.  What to do?

      Well the options are to takes lots of cold medicine which does slow down the runny nose and deaden the sinus pain, but leave me feeling all groggy and medicine head extreme.  Or, I can not take the medicine and put up with a noise that runs like Niagara Falls during flood season and bouts of sneezing that could be harnessed to turn wind turbines!  

     It’s ruff not getting uninterrupted sleep at night.  I wake up, with fluid leaking from one or the other nostril which by the second night was really becoming more than just annoying.  So, it was time for the nasal plug.  What’s a nasal plug you ask?  Well, it is simply a small piece of tissue folded over to form a wad of tissue just the right size to stuff up the end of the offending nostril to stop the drip, drip, drip of post-nasal drip.  As you cannot breath through you nose anyway, it’s mouth breathing through the rest of the night until my lips are parched leather.

     So, how long will this one last, I ask myself?  Well tonight will be night three, and I feel a little better than yesterday.  So, based on past experiences of the last year, only another two or three days until I am right as rain!  Just in time for Spring no less.

    In the meantime, it time to go take another shot of decongestant, pain killer, cough suppressant, antihistamine medicine to make me feel less pain, and slightly less human.   Ah, the power of modern medicine!

March 12, 2009 Posted by | Cold, cough | , , , | Leave a comment