The Contagion (2016)

@Rollo1 (16689)
Boston, Massachusetts
October 7, 2016 7:58am CST
No, it's not another apocalyptic movie where the world's population is decimated (or worse) by a new strain of virus that was secretly created in a government lab. But, it feels like it. In truth, I just have a cold. But, it feels like an end-of-my-world movie. For one thing, I was just minding my own business. I haven't been out and about, and no one I know has a cold. The first I heard of any illness was the other night when The Girl asked for the thermometer. Her temp was normal. Still, she was sure she was dying. But nearly as soon as she started complaining, my right nostril closed up entirely and my throat got scratchy. The next morning, I felt hot. I took my temperature, it was normal. Still, I was sure I was dying. It was bound to happen, school started last month. Only a matter of time before a school germ made its way home to me. It's interesting to me that I can bear any other kind of discomfort, but a cold turns me into a big, whiny baby. It turns me into a big, leaky germ with a red nose. Like a contagious elf. Have you had your October cold yet?
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@marlina (73881)
• Canada
7 Oct 16
Sorry about your October cold. No I usually do not get colds very often, I have enough other problems without this one.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Oct 16
For some reason, I can put up with other ailments much better than I do having a cold. Thank goodness you don't get them often.
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@marlina (73881)
• Canada
9 Oct 16
@Rollo1 I would rather have a cold than having what I have.
@Corbin5 (106702)
• United States
7 Oct 16
Well, after 30 years of teaching, and catching every germ a kid can have, my immune system is still in high gear, even though I am retired. I have a feeling that protection will fade away any day now, but no colds for two years.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Oct 16
Good for you. I wish I had such an immunity. I am good against stomach flu, but a cold will get me every time.
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@marlina (73881)
• Canada
9 Oct 16
@Corbin5, that's good 2 years without a cold.
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@Corbin5 (106702)
• United States
9 Oct 16
@marlina Hope my luck holds out this winter, but one never knows.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov 16
This was written ages ago so I hope you've been well and truly over your cold for some weeks. My nose runs like a tap when I get a cold but I rarely get a cough.
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
17 Oct 16
colds are rather miserable, and no, so keep it to yourself! no e-virus sharing allowed here
@CoolPeace (1593)
• Miami, Florida
13 Oct 16
Having a cold is misery. This is the season of cold and flu.
@just4him (117471)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Oct 16
I'm sorry you have a cold. Me? Not yet, knock on wood.
@much2say (39275)
• United States
10 Oct 16
Stay away from me! Seriously, I hope you are doing better today. It's hard when one person in the household gets it . . . that just means everyone is bound to get it. And with moms, you have to take of everyone no matter what - even if you feel like you're dying. At the moment, I am just knocking on wood.
@BelleStarr (38387)
• United States
9 Oct 16
No but if I do get one I will take Zicam immediately and nip it in the bud.
@moffittjc (43129)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Oct 16
You sound like a man! When a man gets a cold, it's the end of the world, he's dying, he needs to be babied and taken care of, and he can't function. When a woman gets a cold, she shrugs it off, as women are the much tougher of the two sexes. Not downplaying how you feel with your cold (I can relate, as I just got over a cold), but you have to laugh and admit I'm right that us men are the biggest babies when we get sick! lol Anyway, I hope you feel better soon and get through this cold quickly!
• Preston, England
9 Oct 16
hope you recover soon
@Tampa_girl7 (25735)
• United States
9 Oct 16
I have escaped a cold so far.
@jstory07 (67233)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Oct 16
I have not even had so much has a cold in over 30 years. Not sick or anything.
• United States
7 Oct 16
Nope no cold just a few allergic reactions to some existing pollen -- hope you get better fast
@pgntwo (21659)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
7 Oct 16
Kids back at school... Colds inevitably follow. Get well soon.
@LadyDuck (157859)
• Switzerland
7 Oct 16
I am so sorry, I hate to be sick and I hate to have a cold. I am fine for the moment, but my nose is cold, I hope it's not a start.
@JESSY3236 (6536)
• United States
7 Oct 16
no. I haven't had a cold yet. Hope you get better soon.