From One Cold To Another

Sad as it was to leave the freezing cold temperatures of England on Sunday and to head back to the warmth of South Florida, it was at the same time a sad departure from Debbie, since without her visa being approved, it might be July before we get to see each other again – not a pleasant prospect.

For weeks before I left Florida, many of the people in South Florida had colds and the flu.  I haven’t had a cold in over two years, my defence strategy involving drinking at least one large glass of Orange Juice a day, and it seems to work well.  Should I feel I am getting sick, I take another glass of Orange Juice, some Zinc tablets, and if I think I need it I pop an Airborne tablet.

Less than a week before I left Florida, I could feel a cold coming on.  I thought to myself  “I knew it – something had to come along to ruin my Christmas”, and if you have ever been on a long flight at the height of a severe cold you know it’s not a pleasant experience.

Well, dosing up enough I managed to eradicate the cold before it took hold, and I successfully managed to stay cold free while in England – until the end of the trip!

I don’t know if it was 2 days before I left when I met up with my son, who wasn’t feeling 100%.  I don’t know if it was the following day when we went on a day out and also to the supermarket, which was really busy with people coughing and sneezing.  I don’t know if I caught something at the airport or on the plane.  But I do know that I caught something!

Monday I was a bit feverish, and didn’t have any juice to drink unfortunately.  I had a sauna/steam in the evening which helped a bit – maybe, but this morning I was no better.  All day I have had a sore throat and an increasing tickly cough.  This morning I got some Orange Juice, and have had about 5 glasses so far.  My head is a lot clearer than it was this morning, but the ticklish throat is still there.  The test is that if I pop an Airborne before going to bed, will I be able to sleep without being hot and feverish, and will I feel better in the morning?

I hate getting colds and flu – don’t we all!   As a child I used to have colds continually.  Not only did they last a while, I would end up so congested, it would take months to get rid of it.  Now I know how to help prevent them, I am determined to not let this take me down any more than I have to.

It’s ironic that having got back to Florida, my plans for working on this blog, promoting it, and working on other money making ideas, have not materialised.  Between t he cold and the need to adjust to Florida time, by the time I get back from work at night I am done in.  I find it hard to focus and concentrate, which is why tonight sees my first post since I got back.

Well hopefully tomorrow I will have better news to report.  Hopefully the cold will be on the retreat, and my energy will be returning.

See you on the flip side…

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