Prompt 84-Head Cold

Describe (in a creative way) how you feel when you have a head cold.

“I’b dyink,” Cole moaned from his bed.

Harriet rolled her eyes and brought him a cool compress for his feverish head. “You’re not dying, you’re just sick.”

He shook his head slowly. “No. My head’s too heaby. I think my brain is meltink. Tha’s wha’s comin’ out my nose.” He whimpered.

“It’s a cold, Cole,” Harry sighed. “Your brain might very well be a little fried right now, but I assure you it is not leaking out your nose.” She was concerned about his fever. It was making him delirious.

He frowned at her, eyes watery. “Fibe. Then iss too big. Iss tryin’ to asplode my skull. Tha’s why my eyes won’ focus. Brain’s pushin’ em out.”

She nodded. “Well you get that big brain of yours under control again. We need it to stay inside your skull.” He grinned sappily. She handed him a glass of water and some pills to ease his symptoms enough for him to sleep. “Here. Take these.”

He grimaced at the liquid capsules. He hated swallowing them, but he obeyed. He didn’t like feeling like his head was a pressurized valve about to go off at any moment and Harriet needed him to be functioning again soon. He hoped he was turning the bend with this head cold and could be back to 100% in a couple days. A solid night’s sleep would go a long way to recovery so he took the meds without complaint.

Notes: I don’t know who these characters are. I didn’t have a great answer for this prompt, just needed a quick delivery system for a couple of lines, so here we are. Sometimes names just come to me and this was one of those times. Maybe we’ll see them again? I dunno. I literally just wrote for an hour and this was apparently the best I could come up with in an hour. It was a weird day, but hey, writing is writing. All non-zero days are good days.

Colds are such a pain. I don’t get them very often, somehow I’m a paragon of good health despite my diet and activity level (or lack thereof), but when I do, I get all the awful symptoms over the span of a week. I don’t get them all at once for a couple days. I’ll have a sore/scratchy throat one day, then be super sneezy the next, followed by a couple days of congestion with at least one of those days full of achy fatigue.

I avoided the last round that went through the office/my husband got from his office back at the beginning of the year. My trick is Thieves essential oil on my feet before bed coupled with Sambucol in the morning and evening, and a garlic-heavy dinner. If I do this at the first sign of symptoms, I’m usually good to go and don’t come down with whatever particular cold is going around. If it’s a particularly nasty bug and I still get sick, I’m over it quicker than most, or my symptoms are at least milder.

That’s all I have for tonight. If you’re in the northeast like me, I hope the evening’s storms weren’t too bad for you. I know a lot of people are without power right now. Hopefully everything gets cleaned up quickly! Have a great night! I’ll see you tomorrow!

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