Wah Wah Wah

Do you know that I’ve never really understood why they’re called "colds" before now? Had you asked me on Monday, I would have said that the reason was that people believe the disease is caused by being caught in the rain or other cold weather. Then I would have laughed.

I still don’t know the real reason a cold is called a cold, but I now suspect that it’s due to one of the common cold’s symptoms, the chills. I wore my jacket all day, and now I’m wearing my big fluffy robe, which usually gets much too hot to wear. Right now it feels warm and cozy.

I also used to laugh at those who’d have suggested I’d be cured by eating some chicken soup. "Rubbish and folklore!" I would have sneered. "Give me that nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, aching, coughing, stuffy-head, fever so you can rest medicine!"

In fact, the soup has recently been proven to have beneficial effects for cold sufferers, including hydration, vitamins, salt replenishment, fats to soothe a raw throat, some anti-inflammatory agents, and also that lovely fragrant steam. Even those who’ve lost their appetites to the cold can usually manage to put away one cup.

And now, having finished my soup, I shall hereby call it a night— once I’ve taken a solid dose of the nighttime sniffly-snuffly stuff.

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5 thoughts on “Wah Wah Wah”

  1. Are you sure it’s just a cold? It sounds to me like you could have the flu. Either way, I’m sorry to hear you feel crummy and hope you feel all chicken soup-y better soon.
    Good sneering, btw… not everyone can pull that off, especially when they have a cold.

  2. Take care.
    If you have a cough at night, I read on Snopes that is hasnt been proved or disproved that Vicks on your feet (covered with socks) will stop your coughing. Makes me want to get a cold to try it.

  3. Mr. Robot, it does work! I’ve tried it and I’ve tried it on my son and it has worked for both of us, it is like magic.
    There is a slight catch, though. I find that it works WAY better if you wait to put the Vicks on after you’re sleepy or already asleep… as in, you wake up coughing, put it on then. If you try to put it on before you’re really drowsy it doesn’t work as well.
    With my son, it’s easy… I just wait until he’s asleep.
    It really does work, though. Swear. The only part I hate is having to wear socks to bed.

  4. I’m pretty sure it’s not a flu– I feel much better today, though still a bit snotty. I’ve never heard of Vicks on the feet, but I’ll give it a try next time.

  5. not to be a smart ass but I looked up why it was called a cold a while back..
    It a term from the 16th century. The symptoms of a cold are similar to that of being in the cold weather. The idea that you caught the cold and kept it. This was centuries before viruses were discovered.

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