Every time a major cold goes through I want to be the guy who doesn't get it. I suppose I have avoided past colds and influenza, but I don't remember the ones I missed quite as well as the ones I've had.
I always get that feeling, when everyone around me has some bad bug, that maybe I shouldn't hang around as much, maybe I should avoid conversations with people who make comments like 'I think I'm coming down with something (particularly when almost everyone else in the office has come down with the same thing.) Maybe hanging out by the water-cooler with almost sick guy is a bad idea. Did I just say maybe?
Of course it always hits me harder when the guy who thought he might 'come down with something' a week ago doesn't come in for 3 days. Of course when he does, he has puffy, red eyes and swollen nostrils. At this point I inevitably make the same ridiculous comment that I think I might come down with something. While shopping I have the urge to buy more vitamin C, to stock up on soup and fruit and vegetables. I begin to feel more tired and think I shouldn't work quite so hard.
It comes in one morning like ending up next to the really smelly guy on a crowded subway car. Once in that position I usually try to pretend I have no problem with it. I might shift a little to try to avoid the inconvenience or even gag a little. Of course, I'm ok, I've had it worse - that guy last week smelled way worse - last years cold hit 10 times worse.
Inevitably, as the ride continues, I realize that the new smelly dude may not smell the same way the last smelly dude did - but this new smelly dude has his own breed of death-stench that creeps through my nose and into my memory among the top ten worse smelly dudes ever. The cold creeps through my sinuses and whether or not I really have had worse it lodges itself so deeply in the cavities in my head that the mucus seeps through some tissue or bone somewhere into my memory as well. The cold that seemed like no big deal has become a major part of my life.
I don't like taking cold medicine, and I always feel like the first one I took didn't work, so I double up with something else and get all dizzy. Do I have an inner ear thing going on with the cold or is it the combination of medications? I don't know, just don't give me the baby when I could fall over at any moment. They don't make enough Kleenex for the deluge of mucus which I experience nearly every year, they still haven't made the perfect medicine. I guess I just have to learn to steer clear of that dude by the water cooler, which is too bad because he's a funny guy.