I’m up at midnight writing

A deep cough has set in. It set in yesterday morning, lasting all day. I took my temperature and didn’t have a fever, but the mucus I’m coughing up from down deep is yellow and thick. My nose is barely stuffy, a bit runny here and there, but the mucus is clear. No issues there. I think I’ve managed to catch my nephews’ cold and it’s trying to turn into bronchitis on me. I just did one of my steam treatments (family remedy) and I feel better. Hot showers are great! Even at midnight. Ever since I had what the doctors called “dry pneumonia” as a baby, I’ve been predisposed to respiratory infections. In other words, my whole life has been full of this sort of thing. This is running a pretty normal course and should be gone in a few days if I rest up, stay home, and take care of myself. It’s never fun, but there are MUCH worse things I could have and have had in the past! Trust me! I practiced social distancing before it was a thing! I have always washed my hands a lot (not obsessively, but thoroughly and often), and I respect others when it comes to not spreading the bug when I have one, which is more than I can say for a lot of people. Although I always hate missing a day of anything important, I’d rather do that than expose anyone else to whatever crud I have and risk them catching it. More people need to be that socially responsible! Especially right now. In the midst of a pandemic, no one needs anything additional to put a drag on their immune system and help the risk of them catching COVID-19. I read an account yesterday on Facebook of a man who has bilateral pneumonia from COVID-19. If you have a dry cough, fever, and/or any doubts, call your nearest emergency department or your primary care provider’s office first to receive guidance on what to do next. CALL FIRST. Don’t just show up out of the blue and risk infecting anyone else with whatever you may have. There are protocols in place to keep everyone as safe as possible, and if these are followed, things should go as smoothly as possible. Maybe not smoothly, but as smoothly as possible given the circumstances we currently find ourselves in. This isn’t just about you. It’s about everybody. Remember that, and consider others as you seek help for yourself, should you need it. It’s time for each and every one of us to be responsible with our actions! The time for selfishness is long past.

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