I hate colds

A quick post today. I have a couple of movies I need to review for my World Cinema Series; however, I’m beat today. I’ve been fighting a cold since this weekend. Actually for the past two days I’ve felt better, yet my energy level is lower. I don’t get it.

I feel like this hippo. Just too tired to move.

I feel like this hippo. Just too tired to move.

I haven’t been on a run in days and I’m getting nervous. Many of you know I’m training to climb Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. That’s only a month away. However, I don’t want to make myself worse, especially now that I’m feeling better. So I think my best course is to take it easy and get over this dang cold. Besides, we have a four-day weekend coming up and I don’t want to be sick over the weekend. I love long weekends!

I do have a question for you medical and scientific folks. How much snot can one human being create? I know that’s not a pretty image, but seriously. Why are colds so messy?


About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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57 Responses to I hate colds

  1. IsobelandCat says:

    As a fellow snot sufferer this week I am completely with you. Dare not move out of reach of the box of hankies. The sunshine today has made me feel better, but I feel like I could spend the rest of my life on the sofa…

  2. Brent Morse says:

    Colds are the worst! My son has been fighting one for the past 3 days, running a high fever etc but the only thing you can do is let it run its course and stay as comfortable as possible. Have you ever tried using essential oils as an alternative??

    • TBM says:

      I haven’t tried essential oils–maybe I should. Once I tried a Chinese herb when I had a bad cold and it worked like a charm. Just can’t remember the name of the herb. I hope your son feels better soon!

  3. I think you are right to just relax for a few days and let your body recuperate. Rest is the key!! Now, as for your question, you know how much I like Google, so I looked it up for you, and here’s the answer:

    “The reason you have a seemingly inexhaustible supply of mucus when suffering from a cold is that the mucus-producing cells lining your nasal cavity extract the stuff mostly from your blood, of which needless to say you have a vast supply. The blood transports the raw materials (largely water) from other parts of the body. Fluid from your blood diffuses through the capillary walls and into the cells and moments later winds up in your handkerchief. (This process isn’t unique to mucus; blood is the highway for most of your bodily fluids.) Incidentally, you produce less mucus than you may think. One experiment showed that on the peak day of a cold the average person produces about 14 grams of drippings, or roughly half an ounce.”

    Wow, half an ounce?!?! I’m sure I leak out far more than that when I have a cold or allergies!! Hope you like Cindy’s fact of the day :).

    • TBM says:

      half an ounce! I’m not yelling at the messenger, but not sure I believe that. Of course I won’t be collecting any samples to prove it wrong. But I do like Cindy’s fact of the day. I need to come up with a bigger challenge for you. Let me think on that.

  4. MissFourEyes says:

    Hope you feel better soon.
    How much snot can one human being create? It seems like buckets and buckets when we have a cold

  5. Ha! Feel better soon…

  6. nrlymrtl says:

    So sorry you’re ill dude. I would make you some miso soup, but I am across an ocean.
    I hope you are eating something a little starchy to absorb the snot you swallow? Otherwise, you may have nausea on top of your cold.

    • TBM says:

      OH I don’t even want to know how much I’ve swallowed. Usually I’m not a spitter out in public, but I’ve thrown that politeness out the window this week. Every time I sneeze or cough–well you know. Will continue with the starches. Nausea is no fun either. Thanks for the tip!

  7. jmgoyder says:

    If it’s green you need antibiotics!

  8. hillarypat says:

    Colds are the worst- feel better!

  9. wolke205 says:

    I feel you, I m having a bad cold too, again. Feel better soon!!

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    For years I’ve been taking echinacea as a preventative measure when people around me have germs and I skip 90% of the cold viruses! hope you soon feel better 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I used to take it, but no matter what, I’m the person who always catches a cold. It’s a joke now that if someone sneezes around me I’ll have a cold the next day.

  11. Carol says:

    I hope you feel better soon!

  12. Sorry that you’re under the weather. I think this is a sure sign your body is telling you to rest and eat lots of chocolate! I hope you can get the Cadbury Eggs over there! 🙂

  13. pattisj says:

    I’ve asked that question myself, it’s so miserable. I hope you continue to improve quickly.

  14. Jackie says:

    I hope you feel better soon!

  15. Fergiemoto says:

    Oh, I’m sorry you have a cold. Hope you get better soon.
    I usually have a deeper voice when I have a cold.

  16. samokan says:

    I have probably produced several buckets of it already for this past months, it’s gross and messy. It’s the best excuse to be lazy :).

    Seriously, I hope you feel better.

  17. Hope you feel better soon!

  18. Colds are the most unpleasant illness – you feel dreadful, but you feel bad about it because “It’s only a cold” Hope the snot monsters vacate your home soon 🙂

  19. poppytump says:

    Hope you will be over it v soon ! As you say there’s a 4 day w/e just round the corner . Any plans??

  20. aFrankAngle says:

    Nasal congestion is tough to handle … YUK. Hang in there … and now that Miles has lifted your pub ban, remedy is around the corner. Get feeling better.

  21. Get yourself down to Boots or Holland and Barrett and buy yourself a bottle of Echinacea Tincture. Take an emergency dose of about 10 drops in about 2cm of water every two hours for a day and then two or three times a day for a couple of days, then once a day until Spring really comes…it boosts your immune system and will really help you fight off germs. It’s my winter best friend! Hope you feel better soon 🙂

  22. i have no idea how much the snot the human body can produce but i do there are tons of cold strains and you can’t catch the same cold twice. i take an Airborne everytime someone sneezes around me and haven’t (knocking on wood now) had a cold in five years or so.

    • TBM says:

      There must be a gagillion cold stains since I seem to catch every one even when I take precautionary measures. I hope you keep avoiding them!

  23. lynnsbooks says:

    Unfortunately with a cold it seems to take it’s own sweet time. Hope you’re feeling better. Take some Vitamin C and drink plenty of water – don’t know why, but I always find it works!
    Lynn 😀

  24. Novroz says:

    I hope youvare already feeling much better today. Having cold in winter seems quite hard.

    Oh…the hyppo looks cute

  25. gkm2011 says:

    Hope you are feeling better – I’ve been sick myself. Two boxes of Kleenex say that 1/2 ounce figure is just not realistic. Happy Easter.

  26. The Hook says:

    Colds suck.
    That’s all I got. Sorry.

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