There are two types of people

1. Those who never get flu or cold, such as rosehip sewage farm warriors, plus all women, particularly mothers. This is one of life’s eternal verities.

2. Those who do get it*, especially men.  There’s a mathematical formula here – each new putdown, e.g. “this is not going to get any of the work done, is it” results in an extension of the ailment.

Of the second type, there are two types – the traditional ailment and we all know the symptoms, plus this new* virus**.

The new virus is a bit scattered in form – some have the fever, some do not – I’d say the latter is just the common cold, usually a five day event, extended here to nine days or so.  It’s not flu because flu lays you out with fever.

I’ve read some accounts, inc. DR’s and DM’s.  Perhaps it’s just best to describe mine.

Three states of activity or lack of it

1. In a resting position with a 1/3 raised bed*

2.  Up and doing things

3.  At a laptop or ipad*

Two ways it attacks

1. Build up of something in the pipe, such that it needs to be retched out.  At bad times of the day*, it can be every thirty seconds but can be as long as two minutes between bouts. Not wise to sleep as it makes it worse.

2.  The nasty bit and this is the new virus.  Imagine a blunt scalpel point or knife tip not piercing the tube but just pushing suddenly at the wall** out of nowhere.  This then triggers a bout of N1 here only more violently and for longer.

And that stabbing point has been in exactly the same place since day one, neither* further up nor further down, same intensity, never changes on any day, no nose, ears, stomach – only throat.

N1 is fa**irly regular, every 30 secs to 1.5 min.

N2 can be at any time, even if feeling not bad, up and* doing.


* Excuse me one moment, just retching
** Excuse me, just running for the little room

Need to finish this post because of third** factor.

*** Computer screen radiation wiping me out – two minutes after being on ipad, 15 minutes after being on laptop**, hence I blog on laptop.

Have a lovely lunch*. Hope you stay virus free. Drink rosehip**.

9 comments for “There are two types of people

  1. Distant Relative
    February 13, 2020 at 13:33

    Concur with #1 Two Ways it attacks…
    First few days felt like I’d swallowed a rasp.
    Dry cough – unproductive – aching ribs – shortness of breath – unable to speak.
    Then “wet” cough and the fun begins coughing up stiff chunky bits.
    Persistent feeling as if something was pressing on my chest.
    Initial stages couldn’t lie on my sides – brought on major attacks. Slept on my back propped up.
    As it progressed I noted that drinking water at 20 min intervals alleviated the cough and made the gunge easier to expel – dilution obviously.

    Keep calm and carry on 🙂

    • February 13, 2020 at 14:16

      Yes, just had a major elimination [wwweeellllll, why not, we’ve already ruined readers’ lunches].

  2. Andy5759
    February 13, 2020 at 15:45

    I have been coughing violently every morning for the last few years, ten at least. It’s smoking that does it. Since giving up the whacky component of my roll ups the coughing is greatly reduced. The suggestion from DR to drink water is worth a try, should drink more water anyway. Since commuting to London on the night shift I have hardly had any colds or flu. That’s a two edged sword, the downside being that I haven’t got the antibodies for the recent variants. If this new virus gets going around here I will stick around the house and garden for a while. There’s always plenty of supplies here.

    These things are sent to try us. A positive attitude goes a long way to reduce the attendant misery. Along with a decent diet, warmth, and well ventilated rooms.

    I wish you all well.

    • February 13, 2020 at 16:17

      Plus friendship and if all else fails, the Comforter.

  3. Toodles
    February 13, 2020 at 18:16

    “If all else fails, the Comforter.”

    I find myself doing the same. Really, if I would seek the Comforter first, in all things, it would be most helpful. It does not mean I won’t go unscathed, but nice to have His ‘rod and staff’ that comforts.

    Good friends, family are a blessing. They can bring comfort and assurance … encouragement. Give handy hints too!

    Prayers for healing to all.

  4. Bill
    February 13, 2020 at 19:12

    Now this post I ger. What you describe is my experience from three or four years ago, Same symptoms over a very similar timescale.
    Don’t fancy repeating it!

  5. ivan
    February 13, 2020 at 20:54

    Modern non CRT computer screens don’t radiate anything other than light, they do ‘flicker’ though, some more than others. I know that my tablets have a higher refresh rate than the 60 Hz of the LED laptop screen. That is most probably what is causing you problems with the screens.

    If it is radiation make yourself an aluminium hat – that should stop it 😉

    Also get checked out for diabetes as that can also play havoc with sight and give some of the other symptoms you have – I have a friend that went through that and once treatment started working the problems went away.

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  7. February 14, 2020 at 06:47

    Get well soon, sir. These things come, only to eventually pass. Then we get something else. Ain’t life great 🙂

    If it is of any consolation, I have not been feeling too chipper m’self, so I console m’self by knowing I am in the very best of company.

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