My cold has, in fact, gotten some funny ideas in its head after all. The last two days were the cold-plus-funny-woozy, and now we’ve moved into the feeling more energetic, but with more of the runny nose and the Bride of Satan full-body coughing. I know this sick well–it’s the 5 day routine my body’s been doing since college, when I got it for the first time (though with much more flair) travelling in New Delhi over some break. It’s semi-bronchitis, I think. I already sound like an 80 year-old chainsmoker, and over the next few days the icgk will disappear but the oh-so-sexy emphysema voice will carry on probably into next week.
The question remains, what to do about davvening tonight? The wondeful singy-songy minyan is meeting tonight, which I love, but I’m hardly in a state to sing. I’ll probably show up and croak along a little, then get into a gigantic coughing fit, and then just have to listen quietly and, like, lipsynch along as they go. So pathetic, really.
In other news, the semester actually finally starts for real on Sunday. So crazy. It’s March. That’s a time for midterms, not a new semester! In any case, I’m looking forward to getting back in the saddle of learning, as well as (well, maybe) having a little more structure around here…..
Shabbat Shalom as well, Danya! Hope your coughing can ease up for davvening tonight- drink some hot water with lemon (no honey- the buggies like that stuff)- that might help. Yes, why can’t we keep that sexy sick voice when we’re well? Just another mystery… take care.
Shabbat Shalom, Danya — nasty nasty cold. Svend and I just shook ours off and feel human again. Your time will come. Meantime try not to do too much damage with the sexy voice 😉
I saw your post from a long time ago about making female body shaped tzitzit. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! ive recently been discussing wearing tzitzit with one of my friends (he already does) and we were at a loss for how to get a pair that would fit. TODAH RABAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I get similar deep, wracking coughs after a few days with a bad cold, so I thought I’d offer my strategy for dealing with them (despite not knowing whether my OTC drugs of choice are available in Israel):
1. Primatene tablets (ephedrine HCl and guaifenesine) work wonders as far as controlling the cough goes. I discovered this about a year ago after 20 years of dreadful coughing–it’s an amazing difference.
2. For future reference: if I can reduce the post-nasal drip in the first few days of a cold, it’s much less likely to develop into a nasty cough. Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) works for me as a decongestant (I haven’t tried phenylephedrine), and I think antihistamines like loratadine (Claritin) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl) also help.
I hope this is useful.
Regina Clare and Shabana, thanks for the good wishes. Slowly better, still sound silly.
Teenage Girl etc–So so so thrilled to be able to help!