Author Robert Fulghum (Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten) stated that one of the things we learn in kindergarten is "sharing". I am all for sharing except for during the cold and flu season--which it seems we entered into several months ago here in Big Sky Country. As I wrote, I am all for sharing and it seems that my luck only allows people to share their colds and flu with me. For over a week my wife has been fighting a cold--it comes and goes--and she finally decided that it would be much more fun if she shared it . . . so she shared it with me. "Merry Christmas!" she said.
Unassumingly the first symptoms of the cold arrived a couple of nights ago--draining sinuses. My sinuses draining is not uncommon for me and it happens every so often--usually for a night, they stop, and life goes on. Not this time! Nope, they decided to drain for two straight nights--drip, drip, drip. I never knew one small cavity could create so much snot! And, then it stopped yesterday morning leaving an inflamed throat as its only tell-tale sign. Life seemed good and I thought I was going to get luck and escape the nasty ol' rhinopharyngitis . . . but, no! No, by late afternoon it returned not only with the post nasal drip, but the frontal nasal drip--more commonly known as the "runny nose".
This morning I woke up--after a fitful night of sleep--with a full-blown cold! There was the sore throat from the drainage--which created a cough to remove all that drainage from the back of my throat. A runny nose that created a tendency to sneeze. No longer was it the simple "drip, drip, drip", but a new rhythm of "drip, cough, sneeze"! There was light headedness. The right hemisphere sinuses throbbing because they were stuffed up, while the left hemisphere sinuses were flowing freely. Which would be okay except that my sinuses have taken to heart Fulghum's idea of sharing, so the right and left hemispheres are playing tag as they alternate back and forth between being stuffed and free flowing.
The worse thing about having a cold is the runny nose. I am thankful that we have plenty of tissues around to take care of that escaping fluid, but I am more thankful for long sleeves! Long sleeves are perfect for those times when there are no tissues around and one has to wipe his or her nose. Where in the world do you think they came up with that phrase "green sleeves"? It is not a musical term, it is a part of the common cold. But a constantly running nose is no fun but I did find some innovative ideas that I think would make contenting with a runny nose easier: