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Common Cold Delirium


greenish_sick_rat_in_bedI have a cold. It will more than likely turn into a sinus infection, which will then either morph into bronchitis or else end with laryngitis. This is a prediction based on past history, not the rantings of a hypochondriac lunatic, even thought that’s what it sounds like to me. Said cold is annoying, especially the fight with the accompanying stress incontinence (every sneeze is a challenge) and the internal struggle to ward off yet another monster cold sore. And I do mean monster. These things look as though they’re going to devour my face, and they take FOREVER to heal. Thank you, former husband, for sharing that particular little viral gem with me. UGH.

I didn’t share this little factoid in order to gain sympathy (although deliveries of homemade chicken soup are welcome). No, I shared it in order to let you in on a weird little secret, and to ask if I’m alone in this. You see, every time I get sick, I have these deranged delusions of grandeur about what fabulous workouts I WOULD be doing, if only I weren’t sick. If only… I would be walking three miles around the neighborhood before work. If only… I would be doing my belly dancing DVD (it’s quite challenging for me, by the way!).  If only… I would be jumping rope and sparring. Really? Nah. But my mind thinks so. Why? Do I need to have my mental health checked out as well? Sniff. Now for my final “if only” thought for the day… If only I could go back to bed.

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

17 thoughts on “Common Cold Delirium

  1. I know the feeling. I’ve managed the layrngitis without the cold or the sore throat. Then I did the silly thing of going to work yesterday with the world’s dodgiest voice, only to be told off when I made it to the hospital and doctor after work and now have no sound coming out at all. But have four days off and spent today sleeping on and off in a mad sweat until early afternoon then felt like I was dying when the fever decided to run rampant….nothing like feeling like complete crap!

  2. Sounds like you have a bad case of the shoulda’s. I’m afraid this can attack at any time and around any activity.. . gee I’d finish writing my novel if only I didn’t have this cold, headache, full time job, gold fish to train. . .you name it. Granted with a cold you feel like a train hit you so you need to rest, but I know I routinely fall victim to this “if only” behaviour. One way I’ve found to conquer it is to leave the thing you should be doing and do the activity, cuz let’s be honest as a procrastinator from way back I wasn’t going to fold that laundry anyway so I might as well go to the Y. It’s not always practical and it would take a lot of convincing self talk right now for me to suddenly go for a three mile walk, but it’s a start.

    • Oh no doubt, but I just wonder why they always hit when I’m sick. To take some of the guilt out of it, I guess. I have been exercising, though, so I feel far less guilty this time. Oh, and that belly dancing? It’s not the “belly” that’s sore, it’s the arms! I wouldn’t have guessed that. Snake arms are hard.

      • Pace yourself on the arms! The shimmies are what get me.

      • It’s the perfect time for them to hit. You obviously can’t work out, no one would deny that, so of course it was the prime time that you were going to do that. When I was off work for several weeks with a lung infection I thought of all the things I was going to do when I felt better. Newsflash, I’m feeling pretty good, but not a lot of progress on my list 😉

  3. Hope you feel better soon and that it doesn’t progress to the completely hellish stage.

    I *suspect* that these *delusions* overcome you when you are sick is just because…. you are sick. I mean … your body is fighting a bug, your resistances are down, your immune system is battling, so hence the fevers etc etc … and so it’s easy for the mind to let go and wander … and I suspect it’s also a case of “I’m superwoman” watch me go …. you know, we set goals and have (mostly) unrealistically high expectations of ourselves …. so when we are down and out … it’s easy to play mind games. Let your mind wander … just let it happen … but you *know* that when you’re healthy and feeling up to snuff, you *are* making strides in accomplishing your health and fitness goals, one step at a time. Nothing is achieved overnight, so if we gained 25 lbs over the course of 5 years, why should hold ourselves hostage to the task of trying to lose 35 over 3 months?! One step at a time … small changes sustained over a long period of time yields results.

    Take care 🙂

  4. Oh, this made me laugh! you sound just like me. “I’d be on the elliptical if only I didn’t have a sore toe/bad back/scratchy throat/hangnail/headache/bad haircut….”
    I could go on for hours!
    Hope you feel better very soon!

  5. Thanks for the laughs. I don’t have a remedy for postponing exercise, but my blog does explain how to stop a cold sore as soon as it starts: http://howtostopcolds.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/stop-cold-sores-before-they-break-out/

    Also, you can get the details about stopping sore throats: http://howtostopcolds.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/the-truth-is-in-the-details-stop-colds-with-diluted-alcohol/

    Hope you get well soon, and if you find a motivation for working out, please let me know.

  6. I am having trouble sending you a link to how to stop sore throats and cold sores. Please e-mail me at caroler.2012@gmail.com and maybe I can respond that way.

  7. I hope you’re better now 🙂 I always feel like I’m dying when I’m sick and I’m also that person who ends up with a sinus infection or laryngitis, which I’ve had at least 5 times in my life so far. Get well soon ! 🙂

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