I feel like I get a cold every two days! It all starts when I swallow funny. A cold will begin to attack me, and my throat suddenly feels scratchy. Of course I spend the next five minutes gulping really hard to see if it actually hurts. And much to my chagrin, my throat is usually sore.
As Mark walks in the room, he probably wonders why I am perched on the edge of the sofa swallowing really hard. When I see him, I want to shout, “Ah… it’s allergies! I just have allergies!” But then I realize he never even accused me of being sick. And besides that I have never struggled with allergies a day in my life, so that would be a bold-faced lie.
Instead of falling prey to the common cold, I usually go about acting like it is a normal day. I eat Chick-Fil-A instead of chicken noodle soup. I drink coffee instead of hot tea. And by the time I go grocery shopping at Wal-Mart, I start feeling guilty because I have probably shared my cold. So here is my public apology for anyone who has ever seen me at Wal-Mart when I was sick. I will try to stay home next time!
Here is my free advice on how to avoid the common cold this winter:
- Stay away from sick people. If you see them coming, turn around and run! (Screaming is optional)
- Wash your hands regularly. Make it a habit to wash your hands after you have been out of your house.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. This will help you avoid direct contact with germs.