Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Cherry Cough Drops and Chicken Soup
As I throw away the last of the cough drop wrappers and used tissues, I contemplate the last four weeks. Four weeks of sinus infection, sore throat, coughing, minimal sleep, complete draining of energy, minimal work being accomplished, and lack of attention directed towards our hero, Stars the Mighty. (He informs me that this last aspect has been the worst of it.) While the lab is tossing about theories on biotoxins and Evil Squirrel weapons, I have come to the conclusion that even the Forces of Good must battle the enemy of all -- the common cold. A vicious virus that introduces itself as a mere sniffle or a sneeze only to mutate into something beyond human comprehension. How is it that a mere sneeze can become a sinus congesting illness capable of producing enough yellow mucus to fill twenty sinus cavities let alone just one? And, to make its reign of terror even worse, it saps all energy and desire to function while continuing to drag out its stay until even the most hardy of souls would give in. In my research, I have found the following results from experimentation against this virus: soft cotton hankerchiefs are less likely to make one's nose feel raw; cherry cough drops work the best (or maybe they just taste the best); chicken noodle soup really does restore the feeling of hope that one might possibly get well; and there's nothing quite like the company of friends to make you feel human even when you can't feel healthy. Now, if only there were some nearby Evil Squirrels I could cough on--after all, its only polite to share.