“If a doctor treats your cold, it will go away in fourteen days. If you leave it alone, it will go away in two weeks.”

Today is the mass in honor of my mother who passed away ten years ago. I am not there; instead, I am home coughing, sniffling and complaining though no one is here to listen. I do not get colds so this threw me for a loop. My guess is I caught it at the reunion where someone, a Typhoid Mary type, was passing the germ amid all the hugs and kisses. I am not happy.

This will be a short post. I’m going back to bed after dousing myself with a variety of cold medicines. My voice is so deep I could sing bass or make obscene phone calls. When I cough, Gracie lives the room. The cats don’t even notice. They sleep right through my hacking.

I’d like one of those talking dolls they sold when I was a kid. They had a string you pulled to make them talk, and they said things like “I love you,” but I want mine to say things like “You poor baby” or “How about some nice hot chicken soup?” I remember The Twilight Zone episode when the talking doll was evil. “My name is Talky Tina, and I’m going to kill you.” I’ll pass on that one.

The common cold has no cure and you just have to let it runs its course. I sleep and take medicine to dull the symptoms for a while. The only hope I have is pneumonia. That they can cure.

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10 Comments on ““If a doctor treats your cold, it will go away in fourteen days. If you leave it alone, it will go away in two weeks.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Singing bass is fun but obscene phone calls are probably funnier. I haven’t tried the second one yet. You’ll probably have to learn erotic coughing first 😉
    Get well!
    First snowflakes here yesterday.

    • katry Says:

      I think I already have the exotic coughing down pat. I’ll just have to write a script and practice.

      Thanks-I hate being sick.

      NO! NO! No snowakes yet!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    How inconvenient of those cold germs. They could have waited another day or two. It’s fully within their control to make that decision.
    I haven’t had a cold since I retired.
    I fully understand the need for a Soothing Chatty Kathy. When I got my first ever flu shot this year, I told everyone that I had because I really wanted someone to say “Oh, what a brave girl you were.” Nobody took the hint. I thought my friends knew me better. 😀

    Here is some virtual hot chicken soup. It has red pepper flakes in it because that’s what really breaks up the congestion.

    Rest up and try to enjoy the day. It’s a lovely one.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I curse those cold germs! Tomorrow would have been fine.

      This is the first cold I’ve had since I retired, and it is a doozy. I hate the coughing most of all.

      I’ll take the chicken soup and I’ll thank you for the thought. No one has called to see if I’m feeling any better.

      From the window, it looks like a nice day!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I knoiw exactly what You’re going through now! I’ve had my cold for almost four weeks now and it is still going strong 🙂 I hope You rather have the other version of this cold, high fever for a few days and then it’s gone. I had only a little fever but have coughed the entire time instead!

    Rest and get better soon!


    • katry Says:

      I hate the coughing. I have to gasp for breath, and my throat hurts. No fever as far as I can tell. Let’s hope I have the short-lived cold. I can’t do this for too long. My table is filled with nose stuff, cough stuff, kleenex and headache stuff.

      Thanks-you too get well!

  4. Coleen Says:

    Well, if that don’t beat all. There is definitely something going around. Several friends are a little sniffly. Methinks it might be due to the change in seasons.

    I will also send some virtual chicken soup, then slowly back away from the computer. Should I spray Lysol on the keyboard?

    This, unfortunately, is not a restaurant…I definitely don’t want what you’re having!

    Here’s a box of tissues, too. Now blow.

    Feel better!



    • katry Says:

      I’m thinking hazmat suit for you and toss that keyboard!

      No one I know is sick unless I haven’t talked to them as they could be lying low. This is miserable and despite dosing myself, nothing seems to have changed. I tried to nap today but coughed too much. Nope, you don’ want this.

      Thanks-I have no tissues and have been using paper towels but luckily I did buy soft ones.

      Barely waving!

  5. im6 Says:

    What is it about reunions? I’m still battling the cold I got at mind. It’s moved in and set up housekeeping in my nasal cavity. My reunion was a week before yours, so I’m afraid I don’t have much encouraging news for you about the duration. Stock up on tissues is what I did.

    • katry Says:

      I just took more cough medicine. That is the worst of this. I have Flonase for my nose and aspirin for my head.

      My friend just brought fresh apple donuts and some whoopie pies from an orchard. I’m feeling pampered, like I pulled the good dolly’s string.

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