It’s Just a Cold

I currently feel like ‘Death Warmed Up’. That metaphorical description certainly applied to me this morning when I woke up. My head ached, my stomach muscles ached and I wouldn’t have minded dying. Having a cold is never a pleasant thing, and I’m glad I rarely get them. But golly gee, I sure have one now!

My husband and son have been suffering from a cold and cough for a few days, but I was glad not to have succumbed to their cold germs. That all changed yesterday though. I began to cough too, an annoying ticking coughing that went well into the night, the night before last.

We have all been getting stuck into cough medicine, and the menfolk seemed to be getting a little better. I hoped I would soon be heading toward ‘betterness’ too. But this morning I felt a million miles away from feeling better. I felt like an aching death had invaded my body. My coughing obviously uses muscles rarely used, and they were aching in protest.

I don’t know how long my body will take to get better. Usually a cold takes a week to get over, and I’m only two days into my cold so far. I’m at the coughing and prickly nose stage with associated head and body aches. It’s not a fun stage to be at. At the moment, I think the panadol I’ve taken is working on the aches, and it feels like living has become a very real possibility, something to look forward to.

I’m conscious of the fact that it may take me longer than a week to get over my cold though. Having MS, and being on a medication that negatively affects my immune system can slow down the healing process. I have a positive attitude to life though, and I keep healthy, apart from having multiple sclerosis.

So it’s just a cold I have, the common cold, which hasn’t been so common for me, and I’m glad about that. I will keep on taking couch medicine and panadol as needed, and keeping up my intake of fluids. The sun is shining beautifully outside, and I’m planning on going out there to get some natural Vitamin D on my skin, as well as the Vitamin D I had from a tablet earlier today.

Yes, water and sunshine is my plan to get over this nasty cold.

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2 thoughts on “It’s Just a Cold

  1. Lee Duncan

    Hope you have just about beaten that cold. i’ve had MS for going on 14 years now – and was on medication until recently. I did find I got some very ‘unlikely’ infections when I was on the medication. So hope to do better ‘cold turkey’ though it is taking a risk.

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    1. carolyncordon Post author

      Thanks Lee, I’m slowly getting better. It’s been a bit of a mix of cold and high pollen count. I haven’t had a headache from it since the second day, and my coughing is more under control. Sneezing is the worst problem, and that’s not too bad. I hope that next week I’m back to ‘normal’ again.

      I hope going cold turkey works for you. It’s certainly not something I would consider, not now that Gilenya is working well for me. We’re all different, and it’s up to us to work out our own way to go with this quirky disease.

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