Saturday, June 06, 2015

I am almost dying

I tried to blame the lowly paid 711 worker who sneezed into his hand just before he served me, but the incubation period is too long. We both have a common cold, with R a day behind behind me in symptoms. I guess I gave it to him. Is it stretching it to call it man flu?

Thank goodness we will be over it before we set off for holidays in a couple of weeks.

Facts, cold does not cause a cold. Getting wet does not cause a cold. Going outside with damp hair does not cause a cold. Going from a warmed room to the cold does not cause it. It is a virus you catch from someone who may have sneezed or coughed on you, or on something you have touched. The virus does not last very long once out of the body though.

It was nearly going to post  a one liner, Mr Andrew Highriser is unwell today, but hey, I have got something together. Now where is that medicinal brandy? Fact, brandy does not cure a cold but does make you feel better for a short time and if enough is drunk, it will dehydrate you and stop what pours from your nose for a while.

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  1. Andrew have a nice Day

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    1. How's the weather in London Gosia?

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    2. Perfect sunny hot weathdr typically summer 25 degrees I have a grest time recover soon but my wifi is weak

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  2. Haha ~ you are in pretty good humour for the man flu Andrew. Fact ~ you will live. Rest up, and drink lots of fluids even if they do drip.

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    1. Feeling a bit better today Carol. No extra rest for me though.

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  3. It doesn't look that good out there this morning Andrew so lie abed and take it easy. Add some fresh lemon honey hot water and a dissolvable aspirin to your brandy. You weren't planning to go to the snow this weekend were you?

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    1. I am working all weekend, Cathy. Snow? Not for me.

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  4. Hello, hang in there and best wishes!

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    1. Hello Blogoratti. Thank you.

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  5. Colds make a person feel miserable out of all proportion to the severity of the illness don't they? I hate being reminded as my nose cracks and bleeds that tissues are made of wood. And, I remember being taught in school (I think) that matter is neither created nor destroyed. If that is true where does all the snot come from and why aren't I several sizes smaller after a cold...
    Get well soon.

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    1. EC, miserable is the word to describe how you feel when you have a cold. Interesting point about the snot. What does our body put the energy into when not making snot.

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    2. That energy goes into humour; haven't ever heard the saying 'snot funny?

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    3. Nice work Jac. You are probably right as my sense of humour is a little lacking at the moment. You have solved a medical problem.

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    4. HaHaHaHa at Jac. good one.

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  6. Runny nose for me. Like your malady should be cleared ahead of my trip.

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    1. Oh dear Victor. Yes, better now than in a few weeks for you too.

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  7. Man Flu really does exist.

    My beloved is a doctor; he is a] never sick and b] knows that other doctors couldn't help him, even if he was sick. But once or twice in his adult life he was desperately ill with man flu, took to bed and didn't move a muscle. He told me where his will was and asked me to ring the children to say his fond farewells.

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  8. That wear a surgical mask everywhere thing is looking like a better and better option. :)

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    1. Snoskred, I believe people who have a cold should wear a mask, as they do in Asian countries.

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  9. You are sensible about your cold for yourself and R.
    Men are known to be the weaker sex when it comes to cold and pain :) I can joke..but a cold is miserable and certainly makes all feel not so good. Hop into the Brandy, or Rum, it will certainly make you feel better and pass the time by drinking it slowly.....hope you are both soon feeling so much better....Regards, Margaret

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    1. Such temporary relief Margaret, but spirits do make you feel better and sleep.

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  10. Gah, feel better soon! If I were closer I'd be making you chicken soup right now...
    Oh, um, mother hen? Me? Ooops, gotta go!

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    1. Oy vey, Jac. What a delightful Jewish mother you would make. I am about to sit down to some lovely roast lamb. I hope I can taste it.

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  11. I mostly catch my colds from Mr. G. when he has one. But it also happens when I am sitting in a draft. Fortunately not too often !
    As you have to kiss everybody twice on the cheek in Belgium, that doesn't help neither !

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    1. No no Gattina. A draft will not cause a cold. It may cause your nose to run though. What does Mr G do to catch colds to give to you?

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  12. Sorry to hear you are both unwell, there is no spare person to do the "soothe the fevered brow" thing.
    At least it is just colds, soon gone, then you can enjoy your holidays.

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    1. Quite so River. I do feel a better today, even though the system is still producing awful muck.

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  13. Another benefit of brandy described so poetically. Hope you feel better soon. I'm always relieved when I get hit with something like this a few weeks before vacation. So much better than during!

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    1. Mitchell, indeed. Last year we both had colds when we were in Europe and it was not nice. R was worse than I was but they did not last too long.

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  14. Sorry you are not feeling well. I am always telling my husband yo don't get colds from the cold!!!
    The airport train started today - saw it out my window!!!
    I'm sure you've already researched this but just in case...
    https://www.upexpress.com/Tickets/BuyTickets

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    1. Thanks Jackie. Earlier indications were that you can use the Presto card, but no mention of that on the website. I expect you can but they would prefer you to pay the higher price.

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  15. Yes, man flu is more than likely what you both have Andrew.. A good old Scottish remedy is a hot toddy.. Generous tot of whisky, spoon of honey, squeeze of fresh lemon topped by hot water.. Makes one feel so much better.. seriously!

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    1. Grace, by the time I suffer it, by the time I write about it, by the time you reply, I am nearly cured and not strong spirits were involved. I like your recipe for the cure though. I'll just leave out the honey, lemon and water.

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  16. While I was in Melbourne last week you must have coughed on me.

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    1. Sorry about that James. But Victor hasn't been to Melbourne and he too has a cold.

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  17. I hope you feel better soon.

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  18. Door handles, Andrew, a virus can live on steel or brass for up to 4 weeks. Two staff at the Home have just come back from a cruise on one of those ginormous floating tin cans and the job of two crewmen was to wipe all handles with disinfectant, all day, every day. Didn't stop the virus running rampant and infecting half the passengers.
    Now go and wipe the lid on the Brandy bottle.

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    1. Jah Teh, is that true about the virus? Same thing happened on our river trip last year, in spite of scrupulous cleaning and hand washes throughout the boat.

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  19. Remember SARS? They couldn't figure out how that passed from person to person until a doctor tested the door handles at the hotel where it started and was astounded to find the virus was still active.
    Can't think where I saw the programme but the interviewee said that two choruses of Happy Birthday should be the norm for handwashing time. I don't think we can afford that much water down the drain.
    The image of R singing Happy Birthday to himself is delicious.

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    1. Jah Teh, that is influenza. Nevertheless, that is amazing. I could research how long rhino?, common cold anyway, virus lasts, but why would I when you are a font of facts. From what I have picked up, washing your hands thoroughly is about water and rubbing for the period as you state and not a lot to do with soap. R is on his best behaviour at the moment, so you can't have him. But just wait a bit and there will be a time when I will quite happily hand him over. All that glitters is not gold.

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  20. Given I'm so far behind with blog posts, one assumes you've made a full recovery x

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    1. R has Fen, but I am not 100 per cent yet.

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