Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

On The Edge Of A Cold

You know that feeling when you know you are about to be sick, but you’re not quite sick? Your throat is itchy, but not quite sore? You have the sniffles, but not really? You’re a bit more tired than usual, but only slightly?

That’s how I feel right now and it sucks. The changing weather in Chicago is to blame. I need tights and scarf, but no jacket because I’ll be burning hot. And since I don’t need a jacket, I somehow can’t manage to grab a scarf or tights, and so now I’m sick. Or pre-sick. Or whatever. I will be sick in about 24 hrs.

I woke up around 2 AM on Wednesday and could tell the sick was coming. I took a Nyquil and got back in the bed. Wednesday night at work, I could feel it working. If I were smart, I’d go run two miles and sweat the cold out. But I feel so sleepy, I just want to get in bed.

Does that ever happen to you? The one thing I can look forward to is the husband taking care of me. He was awful, awful, at taking care of me when we first got together. But he’s better now. But I wonder how he will manage now that I’ve sworn off bottled orange juice and canned goods.

I’ve mentioned here already that I’m not going canned good anymore. But the orange juice thing is new. I learned last week I could make amazing lemonade so I will only drink home-made lemonade. On Wednesday, I pulled out my juicer and made orange juice with fresh oranges. The color, taste, and consistency were so very different from the juice in the bottle, I immediately swore off the bottled stuff. Next on my to do list is buying tons of oranges because I really like orange juice.

Don’t let me go to a farm or I’ll be swearing off bottled milk too. There’s just something so much better about eating and drinking things that are fresh and home-made.

I’ve been saying the husband probably has a natural knack for soup. Since I’m soon-to-be-sick, I guess we’ll test that theory. There is no canned soup for me this weekend. Oh crap! This weekend we are driving to Virginia for that wedding. I don’t want to be sick at the wedding. I want to be fresh faced, impossibly young looking, and not sneezing all over the place.

What’s that stuff they have on commercials that supposedly cuts your cold shorter? I need that stuff, I just don’t know what it’s called because I’ve assumed it was a hoax and never paid attention. But I’m willing to risk a hoax if it means not being sick on this trip.

Maybe I’m just having my weird once-every-4.5-years allergies and I’m not really sick. Wishful thinking probably.

And when I’m pre-sick I also have trouble staying on topic. Don’t judge me.

11 responses

  1. Drink TONS of water. You can nip that cold in the bud if you stay hydrated… or at least stave it off for a bit. This works for me most of the time. Drink some tea (hot tea) if you’re into that.

    September 20, 2012 at 09:26

    • Noted and followed. I’ve been drinking more water than usual. And I’ve been less congested than I would normally be at this point. But I’m also sneezing more and grossing out everyone at work. You win some and lose some.

      September 21, 2012 at 00:11

  2. Laki S.

    Ugh. I get that way every year. Usually it’s within two weeks of Christmas, but ever since I moved, I’ve been getting it at the tail end of summer. In fact, I just got over it a few weeks ago. Hopefully, though, this means you won’t be sick around the holidays. Better to get it out of the way before it’s Christmas time.

    September 20, 2012 at 15:22

    • I would hate to be sick around Christmas. My one big cold is either at the beginning of fall or spring. But it only happens if the weather changes to abruptly. Last year, I didn’t get sick much because the seasons never really just changed, they meandered.

      September 21, 2012 at 00:14

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  4. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the nice comment. came over here to check yours out in return:)

    Hope that you get better soon so you can enjoy the upcoming wedding.

    And real fresh-by-your-own-two-hands-squeezed orange juice is always better than bottled or canned. Always.

    September 21, 2012 at 23:56

    • Thanks so much. And it’s totally true. I would’ve been making my own orange juice and lemonade years ago had I known a Black & Decker juicer only costs $20.

      September 22, 2012 at 02:12

    • I went to add your blog to my blog roll and saw you beat me and added my blog to yours. Seriously, you’re my new favorite blogger. It’s been years since I’ve read through someone’s entire blog.

      September 22, 2012 at 02:14

  5. Speaking of oranges… I once made an amazing batch of orange muffins/cupcakes using two whole oranges (peel and all). Give me a day and I’ll link you the recipe.

    September 22, 2012 at 16:03