September 17th, 2003

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Autumn Cold

Well, I'm definitely getting a cold. Today I'm all stuffy and throat-hurty and achy and whatnot. Yesterday I left work a little bit early, hoping to fight it off by getting some extra rest. Of course, after a few hours of lying on the couch and being good to myself, I had to go skating in a nice cold ice arena. Not quite the best medicine!

Oh well, these things happen. I always seem to get colds in the fall when the weather changes.

Whenever I'm sick, I feel as though I'm walking in a swarm of little germs which cloud around me like gnats. I feel like my hands and breath are contaminated. I don't like to stand too close to anybody for fear of passing it on. I feel like I should be standing by the side of the road calling out, Unclean! Unclean! so nobody will approach.

It certainly makes working in a team environment challenging here at my office. I do things like holding my breath when somebody asks me to look at something on their computer screen. I try not to sit too close to the table at meetings. I don't touch things. Next thing you know I'll be wearing a surgical mask around the office! I know, I know, it's just a Common Cold, but I'd feel guilty if anybody else caught it.