Well folks, its official…all the signs point to the fact that I have contracted the common cold. It doesn’t feel all that common, common would imply that this is something familiar or an everyday occurrence. I have never been one to catch the latest bug going around…so I was quite surprised when i began to feel like I was getting sick.
I attribute my strong immune system to several factors. I maintain a well balanced diet. I wash my hands often. I replace my toothbrush regularly. But the #1 reason for my ability to fight off infections, viruses and the common cold is my exposure to people.
For the past 35 years I have worked in sales, marketing and customer service. Until recently I interacted with over 2000 people every week.
I know what you’re thinking, all that human interaction, shaking hands and hugging necks would make someone much more susceptible to catching whats going around. That very well might be the case if it weren’t for the other factors I mentioned.
Even when my son was growing up he was only occasionally sick. He didn’t miss a day of school until high school. He got regular sleep, ate a well balanced diet which included a banana almost every day. Which I might mention is much better than an apple a day for keeping the doctor away.
But then there comes the day when your immune system is in a weakened state, brought on by too many Christmas Parties resulting in lack of sleep. A diet balanced by wine and cheese instead of fruits and veggies. Not to mention the unpredictable weather pattern we have had for the past 2 months…80 degrees one day, 50 degrees and rain the next, almost freezing 2 days later and back to rain and mid 70’s all in the span of a week.
Voila, the next thing you know your searching the internet for a quick diagnosis and a homemade remedy.
Wishing you good health and well being during the cold and flu season…
Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. High fever or severe symptoms are reasons to see a doctor, especially in children.
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the forehead, muscles, or sinuses
Cough: can be dry, with phlegm, or mild
Whole body: chills, extreme exhaustion, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, malaise, body ache, or feeling cold
Nasal: congestion, redness, runny nose, post-nasal drip, or sneezing
Throat: congestion, dryness, irritation, or soreness
Eyes: itchiness, redness, or watery eyes
Sleep: sleep deprivation or sleepiness
Head: congestion or sinus pressure
Also common: chest discomfort, headache, loss of smell, or swollen lymph nodes