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A Cold Summer

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   12 Comments | Posted in cold · grandma · summer · virus · winter

“Heddo. By dose is stuffy and by throat is od fire. The good dews is that this is a virus you cad’t catch over the idderdet.” 

Yes, buttercup, my word pronunciation sounds like the above, thanks to this nasty summer cold invading my sinuses. I caught this villainous virus while performing a good deed.  My daughter, Stephanie, suffered from this icky stuff last week.  She sounded pitiful, and I rushed to her apartment armed with chicken soup, cold medicine, juice pops, OJ, a thermometer, and lots of sympathy.  My “mommy ministrations” brought a smile to my girl’s face; they also left me vulnerable to the dreaded Summer Cold.

I know I taught her to share, but does she have to be such an overachiever?

Why are summer colds worse than winter colds? And if I present this question in writing with lots of scientific sounding gibberish do you think the government will award me a grant for the study of this perplexing puzzlement?  Just asking.

Colds are rotten any time of the year, but in the summer they seem especially awful.  Maybe it is because summer brings mental pictures of water and beaches and lots of sunshine.  Winter, with its bare-limbed trees and icy winds seems destined to be inhabited by viruses.  Summer is supposed to be the anti-winter.  Unfortunately, cold viruses didn’t get the memo.

My grandma always said a cold sticks around for three weeks:  one week to catch it, one week to suffer with it, and one week to get rid of it.  Lucky for me, even though I’ll be a mouth breather until the first of August, my fingers can still fly over my laptop’s keys, unaffected by the traffic jam in my nose. 

“I bay be stuffy, ad by eyes bay be itchy ad red, but I cad still read ad write.  That bakes it a good day.”

Til dext tibe –

12 Responses to "A Cold Summer"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    July 20, 2010 at 8:34 am  

    Lisa, I can honestly say that the old remedy, starve a fever, feed a cold worked for me. By golly I didn't have to buy another dozen boxes of Kleenex, but I did have to buy bigger clothes. Ha Hope you feel better soon. You are a good mom!

  2. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 20, 2010 at 11:14 am  

    Poor Lisa. I hope you feel better very soon. I always take a 24-hour antihistamine and the 12 hour Mucinex's. They help mask the symptoms without making me feel all drugged up on cold medicine. You can also rub Vic's on the bottom of your feet. It works for some reason. Take good care and rest!

  3. Comment by BECKY
    July 22, 2010 at 12:58 am  

    Hey, poor Lisa! I hope you're feeling better! I began to have a sore throat and stuffy nose, just by reading your wonderful, descriptive stuffy-nose wording!! I love Kathy's remedy suggestions, too! I think I better write them down!! Feel better!!

  4. Comment by anita
    July 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm  

    I'm sorry you're feeling so tewible, Lisa. I hope you're feeling much better really soon. Snuggle up with a book, drink lots of water and ignore all chores for a few days!

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm  

    Hello ladies – Thanks for the get well wishes. I admit I've been pretty pitiful this week. Tonight may be the night to break out Grandma's old hot toddy recipe: 1-2 shots of whiskey, 2 tablespoon of honey, 1+ teaspoons of lemon, 1 cup hot water. Mix well & drink it up. It won't cure the cold, but after the whiskey settles in I won't care so much!

  6. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm  

    It sounds like a great way to spend a Thursday night to me!

  7. Comment by anita
    July 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm  

    Sounds good to me too. Get tanked while watching McDreamy on TV and you will have a smile on your face.

  8. Comment by Lynn
    July 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm  

    Hope by now you're feeling back to normal. It's miserable having a bad cold any time of year, but especially the summer. Laughter is the best medicine, so with all your humor, you should be on top in no time.

  9. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm  

    Okay-you win the Best Mom Ever Award. EVER. (Feel better soon-though isn't your writing fabulous?:-)

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm  

    Thank you for all the sympathy…I'm soaking it up. And Cathy C., I hope I wasn't contagious when I saw you on Saturday! Grandma's hot toddy and an hour of McDreamy…I think that may be just what the doctor ordered!

  11. Comment by K9friend
    July 25, 2010 at 9:19 am  

    You're right. Feeling sick any time of year is the pits, but especially so in the summer.Hope by the time you read this you're feeling perky again!

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 25, 2010 at 10:45 am  

    Hi Pat – Not completely perky, but perky-ish. Thanks for the well wishes!

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