Last night my cold symptoms got worse. I kept sneezing and sniffling. I had a really bad headache. I had a fever of 100.5. I started coughing. I went to bed at eight o’clock but felt too bad to sleep so I watched TV and even The Antiques Roadshow (which I consider to be just about one of the most boring TV shows in the world) couldn’t make me fall asleep. I was out of Tylenol and considered going out for some but decided I just didn’t have the energy so I took some benedryl instead which knocked me out. I used the nose gel before bed.
This morning, I woke up feeling a little better. No headache. Temperature is 99 which is close enough to normal for me. I remembered to use the nose gel. The directions say to use it every four hours but I figure they mean every four hours while one is awake. I think sleep is more important than waking up to spray stuff in my nose. The cough is worse and that stuffy headed feeling continues. There is improvement though so maybe there is something to this zinc gel.
I have to say that as annoying as having a cold is, there are some pluses to it. For one thing, I find that I just don’t have the energy to care too much about anything outside of my immediate surroundings. While that probably isn’t a good state of mind to be in for any great length of time, it is nice once in a while. I also find that my focus is on the present and not the future or the past and that is kind of nice too.
I have decided to use up my last vacation day of the year by taking the day off tomorrow. Using a vacation day instead of a personal day has some advantages. I will still have three personal days to get me through the rest of the year so I should be ok even if I get another cold. Although I think if this zinc stuff works, I might keep some on hand to take even earlier in the sickness and then I might not need to use them.