Entry 24: Cold World 2
I’m not in the clear yet BUT I’m feeling a lot better than yesterday. Like 35 times better but I’m still not at 100%. Baby steps I guess. I made the horrible mistake of turning yesterday’s entry into an educational one. A mistake because I really don’t feel like expatiating on the symptoms of a cold right now but I set myself up for this. It’s gets worse. I thought about sharing my secret to getting rid of a cold quickly but its the sort of practice that could get me investigated. It’s not illegal, it just goes against the ethics of my profession. It does work though. Anyway, here we are — almost 24 hours later.
Yesterday was a mess. I had the worst pain in both ears. It started in my right ear and then later happened in my left ear. It was as a result of the accompanying sore throat. Ear aches are scary as well as triggering for me. I’ve had otitis media (an infection of the middle ear) twice before. I can tell you that it is a humbling experience. The same viruses that cause a cold can cause sore throats, earaches and even sinus infections. Those are a little over-the-top forms a cold can take. A few of the more common signs and symptoms of the common cold include: sneezing, coughing, runny nose, watery and (or) itchy eyes, muscle weakness and (or) muscle aches, fevers (typically low grade), headaches, lethargy, congestion in the head and (or) nose.
What should you do if you’re coming down with a cold?
- Be mindful of contact. Please don’t spread it. You literally have one job and that’s it. Don’t be that person who is so messy that they infect everyone around them. It will probably come back to infect you by the time you think you’re in the clear from the current infection.
- Flowing off of the first point — please wash your hands as often as possible. While you are blowing your nose and all that good stuff, do remember that your fingers are getting laced in viral goo. Before you go shaking people or sharing communal things, please wash your hands with soap and water. Failure to do that is exactly how you spread the cold.
- You’re sneezing a lot snd you want to limit the spread of droplets. Please dont use your bare hands to cover your nose and mouth. Don’t use a handkerchief to blow your nose either. Unless you don’t have any other options. Sneezing into a handkerchief increases the likelihood of you reinfecting yourself. There’s a limited surface area and you will be blowing your nose a lot do you’ll be putting surfaces already covered in viral matter into your nose. Not a great look. Tissues are much better. I personally prefer the individually packed ones but you can also just get a whole toilet roll and just cut small sections to blow your nose with and toss those in the bin. I usually create a makeshift bin just for my nose drippings because extra!!!!
- Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Drink a lot of fluids. Warm or hot fluids. Not cold. I know you probably feel like death and you need some cooling but trust me, it’s not worth it in the long run. The virus thrives in cool environments so go figure. If you must, mix it with some warm water. Maybe you hate water? Well, you can try tea, broth, soups and whatever. Your body will thank you for it. Fruits like oranges usually feel like heaven when I have a cold. I recommend those.
- You benefit more from vitamins and supplements when you’re doing well than when there’s already trouble on the horizon. Secret hack: Green, leafy vegetables are good for you. You probably don’t feel like eating them but do find a way to work those into your diet. They help build up your immune system. Vitamin C is pretty popular but also pretty useless when you already have a cold. However, the placebo effect is underrated. You will feel better just feeling that you’re doing something to help. Enjoy the Vitamin C but don’t abuse it. Again oranges are rich in vitamin C and don’t taste bad so these are my go-to fruit.
- Steam inhalation is amazing…. for me. Get a bowl of boiling water and wrap your head in a towel and inhale the steam through both your nose and mouth. Yes, open your mouth and swallow the steam. The effects don’t last forever but it does help clear up congestion. I like to take it one step further and add some ROBB. It’s a brand like Vicks Vapour Rub. It’s amazing for clearing up my airways. It feels like death in the first few minutes but once you’re done leaking from your nose and eyes, it gets better.
- If you’re coughing, please don’t swallow the phlegm. It’s clearly disgusting but it’s also not helpful to keep swallowing stuff your body is trying so hard to eliminate. It’s actually counterproductive.
- Rest. Your body will take care of a cold by itself but it needs rest. In 7–10 days, a bon-complicated cold will resolve itself. You don’t really need medication except supportive drugs. You can use painkillers for aches, paracetamol for fevers, lozenges for coughs and sore throats and antihistamines for the itching, coughing and the like. You do NOT NEED Antibiotics for a cold. They dont work. Fun fact: most OTC medications for colds are marketed to work within the same time frame. What are the odds? Don’t deprive yourself of rest. It’s the one thing that really helps.
In conclusion, don’t feel ashamed to avoid someone with a bad cold until they feel better. Its nothing personal. 😂 It’s time for me to watch a little YouTube before bed so Im signing off now. Till tomorrow, stay healthy.