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Monday, January 8, 2018

Desert View - Day 59 - Anatomy of a cold

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7:25 am - Monday - January 8th - Grand Canyon - 28º F, humidity 67%, wind 1 mph out of the southeast....cloudy today with a 40% change of rain.....forecast high is 50º F.

The last few days have been a blur......I started getting sick Friday morning, and by Friday night had a full blown cold.  Usually my colds come on slowly, and last for about 10 days, and that was not something to which I was looking forward.  By Saturday I was wondering if I was going to die I was so sick.  I would be overtaken by these violent coughing spasms wondering if I would be able to catch my breath before I passed out.....serious!  My chest hurt from all the coughing.  Then about mid afternoon things began to turn around.....TLE had brought home some Benadryl (I can't use most of the over the counter cold remedies as they react badly with blood pressure medication, but my doctor said Benadryl was okay).  I took a single Benadryl pill, and within an hour my cough stopped, and I began to feel better.  By Sunday morning I was feeling much better, but as weak as a newborn baby.  

Sunday I spent the day just relaxing, taking one nap after another........the kind of naps from which it is hard to awake.  I'm not 100% by any means......maybe 85%.......but it appears this cold may be one of the shorter lived ones I have had over the years.  I'm going to take it easy at least one more day before going back to work.  As I sit here typing Monday morning my nose has stopped running, I'm getting my appetite back (lost 3 lbs. over three days), and still coughing about once every two hours, and even then not very much.

So, for the present, I am on the mend much more quickly than is the norm for me....I will be cautious and take it one day at a time until I'm sure it is safe to return to work.  TLE missed one day of work due to her cold....she rarely ever gets sick, and when she does it doesn't last very long.

The weather outlook for the next two weeks is for temps mostly in the 50's once again.....maybe two, or three days in the 40's, but generally warmer than normal weather for this time of year.....




.....so we've got that going for us.

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1 comment:

  1. Feel better and stay well. Your weather sounds cccold to us! We prefer the mid 60's to mid 70's. :)

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