I was doing pretty good this year. Only a few hefty sneezes over the past few months expelling the cold/flu germ. Ah yes, I WAS doing so well.
Last week I was visiting a friend who returned from his home in Altoona, PA. He has many nieces and nephews. They have children. They have colds. He gets a cold. I got the cold.
I rarely get colds or the flu. Last year was the first time I got a cold so bad that I had to go to the doctor. I literally feared for my life. I couldn't breath. As the days went by I wasn't getting better. When I could no longer keep food down, I had Bill drag me to my doctor. She said I came just in time because one of my lungs was filled up with fluid (why I was having trouble breathing) and the other lung was on it's way. I had Walking pneumonia. She prescribed an anti-biotic and with a few more day's bed rest I was on my way to recovery.
Where did I get that cold from? A co-worker, who has children, who had colds. When I was working with her she was sniffing and sneezing and wheezing. After I returned from work she told me she had lost twenty pounds and also suffered from pneumonia. Thanks kids!
I notice that I only get bad colds when I'm around people who are around kids. Once I left my job at the bank and stopped traveling the commuter train to Philadelphia which was full of dads sneezing from their kid contacted colds, my cold catching day stopped. They only picked up when I began working at a hotel (the Hampton Inn in Lionville, PA this time) and one of my co-workers had a little Princess who always seemed to have a cold which she passed on to her mom who passed it on to me.
|Cold carriers and spreaders - the little Darlins!|
(photo is of MY COUSINS so don't get your panties in a twist)
So here I am in Gayberry, Delaware sans children. But ah, they got me anyway, through my friend with the nieces and nephews in Altoona, PA.
If you're reading this my friend (he has given me STRICT instructions to NEVER print his name in my blog) from Altoona, I'm not blaming you but I hope you'll understand that the next time I visit it won't be right after you visit the nieces and nephews. Nothing personal but I prefer to stay healthy.
This is no fun.