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Fighting the onset of a cold

It's one of those things. You know it's coming and you try to resist it.

No, I'm not talking about marriage or a life-threatening disease. I'm talking about a mere cold - the kind that inflicts a person who is overworked and overtired. A change of season would bring it about.

First you get the sniffles. That's enough for others to notice and ask if you're unwell.

Then you become aware that you feel cold. And the gateway to your sinus opens up, unleashing a flood of phlegm. Ugh! You sneeze and blow your nose.

This morning I woke up feeling a bit woozy. Yes, congested and woolly.

The cold air accumulated from waiting outside or travelling in insufficient clothing has taken its toll.

As I cycled to the dentist this morning in two layers of clothing, I'm reminded that my body is not as resilient as it used to be. This is the reason why people have cars - to minimise the amount of time spent outside. Instead, I have my bicycle or my two feet to take me places.

It could be worse, I thought. At least I have a roof over my head and a centrally-heated home. Let's hope that my cold doesn't progress into the flu or other nastiness.

27 November 2001 Tuesday