Last weekend I had a runny nose and scratchy throat. I figured I was getting a cold, but the symptoms only lasted for 12 hours and disappeared as quickly as they came. I congratulated myself, deciding my healthy habits had allowed me to nip the virus in the bud.
Not so fast, though! The virus didn't go away; it just disappeared to regroup. Yesterday I was at work when it returned with a vengeance. My nose ran, my eyes itched, and I sneezed on a regular basis. The symptoms continued the rest of the day. At bedtime I used my neti pot, took a decongestant, and smeared a generous amount of Vicks on my chest.
This morning I was sneezing less, but I still had a runny nose. Since I didn't have a fever and wasn't coughing I didn't think about calling in sick to work. Instead, I prepared for my shift. The mall tissues are scratchy and not very absorbent, so I threw a couple of purse packs in my lunch box. Right before I walked out the door I took a decongestant, and made sure I had another one for midday when the first one wore off.
When I set up the Customer Service area I placed a pack of tissues and a bottle of hand sanitizer at the end of the desk, and tucked a small trash can under the seating area for used tissues. I sneezed into my sleeve, and used liberal amounts of hand sanitizer. Fortunately the mall wasn’t busy today so I didn’t have to interact with too many customers (and several of the 'regulars' moved on when I told them about my symptoms).
Right before my replacement arrived I spritzed the things I’d touched with alcohol spray and wiped them down. As the day wore on I noticed that I wasn’t blowing my nose as much. I hope that means I’m on the downhill slope of this cold.
Five years ago today: Tacky