Well, that's what I thought was happening.
Extra sneezing, extra sinus stuffiness, extra headaches.
I put it down to hayfever, because I don't get sick, do I?
Besides, everyone knows this has been a really bad hayfever season this year.
It's on the TV news at least once a week, with daily pollen counts and warnings of north-easterly winds given with the weather report. Today's warning is for high pollens AND a north-east wind.
(The north east winds bring the pollens from the grasses in the hot centre of Australia down into the city, this is bad news for us sufferers.)
Plus, the huge white cedar tree is now blooming profusely and choking up my chest as I walk past it every day on my way to the bus stop.
I must take a photo of that tree, it's so petty right now.
Here's what's really happening.......
I'd completely forgotten that I'd worked next to a girl suffering from a cold last Friday.
(My day off, why did I agree to work?? Why? Why?)
She'd come in, as I had, to fill in for someone else who was too ill to work.
I woke up on Saturday with aching muscles in places where I didn't even know I had muscles.
I could barely move and stood under a hot shower easing the aches, then went back to bed.
I'd been coughing as well, with a sore throat too, but decided that must be from the cedar tree pollens.
Or from breathing in some Baygon fumes as I sprayed the door and window frames.
Definitely going to wear a mask the next time I spray!
I doubled the hayfever medication, but it didn't help much.
Yesterday morning, I went to work, not feeling all that well, but it's only hayfever, right?
Once there, I spoke with a friend, J, who had similar symptoms. We discussed these, noting the sore throat, the "run-over-by-a-truck-aches", the fever and sweating.
She then mentioned others who had the same and that "it" was going around.
Well, knock me over with a feather!
I'd caught a cold!
Halfway through my shift, I felt worse, and wanted to go home, but with others also working while under the weather, I decided the harm was already done, the germs had been spread, I might as well keep going. I'm using my hand sanitiser after each cough and nose-blow, hoping to minimise the passing on of my germs.
This particular cold appears to be highly contagious, if only more people would remember the old "catch, cover and wash" routine.
Catch the sneeze (tissues), cover the mouth when coughing, wash hands frequently with soap and water (or use sanitiser).
Everywhere now, there are people openly sneezing, coughing, spitting, into the air, onto other people.
Maybe they don't realise they have a cold?
On my way home, I stopped at the chemist and bought some cold+flu medication, which I'm now taking.
This morning, I'm feeling much clearer in the head and the coughing has eased a lot, so I'm off to work again.
No colds for years.
Many, many years.
Now I've had three, just this year alone.
I may start wearing a Michael Jackson style face mask.....
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