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I have a cold.  Yesterday started with a tiny itch in the back of the throat.  By lunch, sneezes, a bit of shivering, and a runny nose took over my life.  It's the first cold of the season for me.

The image I have in my head is that every day I make close contact with 125 experiments in viral and bacterial transmission.  I'm the equivalent of an open petri dish standing in front of the room.  My immune system suffers constant assault.

Sigh.

Last year, after twenty-six years of fighting colds with cough drops, I finally read the directions to the cough drops.  They say take only one every two hours!  Oh, my god!  For my whole career, when I had a cold, I would have a cough drop in my mouth all day.  Maybe one every fifteen minutes.  I was a chain cough drop taker.  It would only take two days to finish one bag of them.  No wonder by the time I went home I felt woozy.
 

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albionidaho
Oct. 11th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Airborne? (I use the Walgreen's version -- Walborne.) I have a horrible immunity, and having a young child in school hasn't helped the number of colds I catch in a year. When I use Walborne I catch significantly less colds, and when I do catch them they don't get near the hold on me that they do when left to purely my own immune system.
jimvanpelt
Oct. 11th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
I've seen it, but I've always looked at it kind of skeptically (although I understand a teacher developed it--what a display of inventive genius!). I was thinking of snorting hand sanitizer straight up my nose. If it kills the germs on my hands, where's the down side? *g*
albionidaho
Oct. 15th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Let me know if the snorting works :).
kmarkhoover
Oct. 11th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
I was never as sick in my life, or as often, as when I was teaching.
jimvanpelt
Oct. 11th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Normally I get a sore throat in the first few days, but this year I dodged it. I thought I was in the clear.

On the other hand, I mostly seem to get colds, not the flu. The only year I got the flu, which was a horrible five days out of school ordeal, was the year I got a flu shot.
redwill
Oct. 11th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
That happened to me twice. Two flu shots, two cases of flu; both set in the day after the injection. Three or four days of misery followed by about 10 more days of hacking cough from congestion in the bronchial tubes.
kmarkhoover
Oct. 11th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
BTW, you probably know this, but the surest way to prevent a cold is to wash your hands with antibacterial soap as often as possible. That's where the majority of transference takes place: between your hand and your mouth, eyes, nose, etc.

Airborne is okay, but it's really nothing more than vitamin C and you can double dose yourself with that, too, though I'm not totally convinced it's as an effective deterrent as it claims to be. Still, it can't hurt.

But, yeah, the whole washing the hands thing as often as possible really cuts down on the possibility of catching a cold. Assuming a student doesn't sneeze right in your face....
jimvanpelt
Oct. 11th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
I have a had sanitizer dispenser on my desk, and use it often. If there's a cold germ with my name on it, I'm incapable of dodging it, evidently.
redwill
Oct. 11th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
I always used heavily mentholated cough drops in an attempt to clear air passages so I could breathe, but too many of those will seemingly rip the mucous membrane secretions from your throat and palate, which tends to make one even more miserable. Lots of concentrated sugar in the drops contributes to the damage, so artificially sweetened ones might be better if sweetness is desired. What the artificial sweeteners in excess do to your health, I don't know.
jimvanpelt
Oct. 11th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
The medications are a trade off. I can stop the nose running, but I pay a price in sleepiness. There's a guilt factor too: I'm exposing students to my active cold. I'd stay home, but I don't know if this is a one day deal or a two week one.
tbclone47
Oct. 12th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear, Jim. Guess what? Me too. Throat, head just a buzzing and wonky. I can tell that tomorrow morning it will be full bore.

At least it's an inservice day tomorrow.
jimvanpelt
Oct. 13th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
I have 55 poetry portfolios to grade in the next two days, and my head feels like a block of granite. Dang.
safewrite
Oct. 12th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Jim, I never catch anything unless I forget to take this:

http://www.all-one.com/en/original.php

...and it allows me to thrive on six hours of sleep instead of ten. Cheapest place to buy some is Vitamin Shoppe.
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