As I alluded to previously, I have my first head cold in about 9 months. Basically, since I had the peds sick (the multitude of infections that come with doing pediatrics).
This is actually pretty amazing because when I was younger, I was sick all the time. The fact that I have survived medical school without many major medical misshaps is pretty much a miracle. In fact, during clerkship, minus one bout of gastro, one viral chest infection and the peds sick, I have been well. Amazing, given I spent every day in the hospital.
So, I spent the weekend being that person. The person sniffing and hacking and blowing my nose… In public. Because we were away and apartment hunting and heaven forbid I ruin our vacation more. So, I just went out and spread the joy to everyone else.
Yes, I was that person you would cringe to be beside on the plane (partly because I had my LMCC studying paraphanalia spread out and partly from my virus shedding). The person blowing their nose in the movie theatre (PS- Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is pretty decent). And the person keeping you up at night hacking and tossing and turning (sorry Patrick).
I discovered NyQuil and DayQuil. It is good stuff. So is Buckleys. I basically switched in an attempt to avoid decongestant-induced nausea. But, it is the same no matter which formulation I choose. Probably because it is the same base drug. Worth a shot.
And just so you know, I don’t really believe in cold medicine. They are basically bandaids. Cold medicine makes nothing better. Except you may think you feel better briefly. I am not a fan of unnecessary medications. And this weekend… The bandaid was necessary. So necessary.
So, today, I took a sick day (well, it wasn’t really a sick day because I was not required to be in class). I curled up with tea and Toronto Notes and DayQuil and listened to the sound of the landlord drilling (it’s not all perfect) and tried to study. I must say, I am feeling a bit better from the rest… And fluids. And the drug induced bandaid. I also got very little studying done… Probably because I got rest… That and all of the hassles coming from the apartment application have made me rather distracted.
I must say, I dislike rhinoviruses. Especially when they rudely disrupt both my weekend plans and my study intentions.