This year is one for the record books. I got a sniffle, that rolled into a full blown Ebola like nastiness right around Turkey Day. I honestly believe that my father gave me this evil airborne life destroying virus. The trip up to my grandparents he was hacking and popping cough drops like candy. Apparently it works on a sliding scale. Anyone over the age of 40 it gives a handicap on getting over it because he was fine and well in a 4 days, me I have held onto this god forsaken death cough for 3 months. I am pretty sure that I have put on muscle due to the amount of hacking I have done. I have the lungs of a 20 year old now you should see me flex!
Anyway, this stuff really really really is getting old. I get over it just long enough to get it again. To be honest I have had at least 4 different colds this year. Each one has been a little bit different and attacked my system in different ways. None of which was any less miserable.
Starts with a runny nose, then it clots up all breathing passages in the nasal region. Pressure builds up in your head the tune of around 40psi to the point the walking around feels like a 4 year old is hitting you in the head with a rubber mallet while riding on your shoulders. Transforms into a slow crawl/slide of funk into your lungs where it hides like Osama in a cave doing recon attacks on your throat. 3 sneezes on the 5 sneeze scale of nasty.
It hits you fast like Roy Jones Jr. without the foot work. All orifices are clogged. Nasal, throat, lungs. Filled with green phlegm. You actually feel like you are nothing but a factory for this bug and your only job is to stay upright and spread the evil minions of crud to everyone around you. This one renders you helpless and the only, I repeat only way to get any kind of reduction of pain is to sit at the bottom of your shower with the hot water on until you disgorge enough crud to pull in some life giving oxygen. 4 sneezes on the 5 sneeze scale of nasty.
The Drive by:
Now of everything here this is kind of like playing a game. This little jewel is just as evil but is over so quick your not sure you had it. Also it only lands on you on a Friday, never a workday outing for this junk. It hits you hard and is gone. Leaving you limp and withered but functional in 3 days. Maybe my system was so battle hardened from the Crud and Dripper that it dispatched this with nary a nose bleed. What a cold should have been but never was for me. 1 sneeze and 1 sneeze only!
Green Death or The Plague:
The ring leader. The king. The Captain of colds. Whatever name you put on this one it will line up to fill the shoes. It is the king of all colds, the lothario of the lungs, the Terminator of the Trachea, It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. It starts with a little itch on the back of the throat. Just enough that you think "Hum, did I scratch my throat" but not enough that you think "I am about to die!". That is how it settles in, sneaky, evil, without remorse.
From there is quietly goes about disabling your system. Unlike the Crud, Dripper, or Drive by it does not give you a heads up. It lays dormant and lays siege to your immune system. Placing its troops behind enemy lines your throat is a little scratchier but all other scouts are fine. No runny nose, no aches, no fever, no lymph node issues. Just that damn itchy throat...you must have scratched it. A day goes by and still that damn itch...but you feel fine as it waits for Friday knowing you will go out.
Sitting in the corners of you body in ambush mode it waits. Holed up in your sinus, lungs, throat, and head. Plague Commandos of pain with every biological weapon known to virus at their evil little Ribo-Nucleic Acid hearts. They wait for the perfect opening early in the morning after a good night out as you wear yourself down after a long week. The opening shot is fired and you feel your energy plummet like someone turned off the power generator at the Death Star, you might even hear that "BOOOOOOoowwwwoooooo!" sounds as it is dialed down. As you craw in bed thinking you’re just tired you turn up to air in the house to cool you down for a nice polar bear sleep session. You can't hear it us the Plague cheers as the temp drops; your body core cools down and the virus turns up the heat! You wake up 4 hours later and that child is banging away with a ball pin hammer now and as you sit up you actually feel your brains slosh in its own fluids. Slamming your frontal lobe into you skull you wince as everything on earth is in slow motion. Your ears feel like someone filled them with quick drying glue, you nasal passages have to have cement in them simply because there is no other way to describe it, and you would swear that a 12 year old bully from the 5 grade is literally sitting on your chest.
Drugs...lots of drugs are given, taken, drank, swallowed, and rubbed. You are now in the care of the only person that will even be around you in this state. That one person is in the same breathe loved and hated because you are miserable. You know they are your only hope to survive but they are the only one you can lash out at because you can't even move without unleashing a wave of pain. You now enter what I like to call the "waking coma". You have so much cold meds in you now that you become a living zombie with nothing else to do but be a battle ground for the war inside your own body. Virus vs. white blood cell, phlegm vs. cough, snot vs. sneeze....the war is on!
You wake after 3 days, battered, bruise and beaten. You wonder the house like a Ric Romero extra looking for brains. Digging up food stuffs that have been in the house for 3 years that sound pretty good seeing how you can't smell or taste them. Your effort to move is rewarded with debilitating exhaustion. You fall back into a drug induced coma with lipton chicken noodles drided to your cheek. You sleep alone because you have scared the native population away.
5 days out people from work start to wonder if you are alive. Your up and about now, but it is just a lie. You watch tv, but the only thing you remember is SHAM WOW with microban technology! after 5 hours awake. Sleeping is your life.
Day 6, you think about going back to work about the time that your feel your left lung decide it is no longer worth going on. You start to sound like a creaky door as you breathe.
Day 7 and you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Your nasal passages are now open for trade. You throat is scorched earth, but passable and that damn itch is finally gone. On the other hand you feel like you have a family of sea slugs living in your lungs. They twich every now and then which causes you to cough like a 80 year old life time smoker.
Day 8...The Great Purge!
Hazmat suits have been worn by your wife/husband as they start to see the things that come out of you that Science can't identify. What was once green has change to a nice shade of bright orange. Orange, really? What the hell is going on in there? Am I going to die? Then by mid-day your back to green and expelling things that you can't even look at anymore. You body has turned the tide and is getting the job done.
Day 9 - Don't go out.
This is where I mess up. I feel great for the first time in a week and 1/2. Don't do what I do which is think I am over it and start to get my groove back on. Not a good idea because the Plague likes to hide little reserve units in your lungs just in case you tie one on or work late. WAMo right back to day 2. Sit it out, give it another 3 days for the body to really get in there and dig old Osama BenVirus out of your system or he will just get you again.
Day 12 -
Resume normal operations, keep an eye out for the a Drive by. 5 out of 5!