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Not well

All through the winter, when the weather was cold and the heating was broken, I was fine; healthy as a horse, in fact. However, now that spring has sprung and the temperatures are slowly but surely creeping up, up, up, I've come down with the mother of all colds. My head hurts, my eyes burn, my nose runs and my throat feels like it's made of sandpaper, and I have these minutes-long sneezing fits that wear me out while making everyone around me laugh because they say I sneeze like a cat (and why should that be funny? I don't get it). I doubt I'll feel any better tomorrow, but I don't want to be calling in sick on the first day of my second week on the job -- though equally, I don't want to be spreading my germs among my new co-workers, either. What to do? I wish I knew. "Eat kiwifruit", my friend advised; but I think it's a bit late for that. Though, come to think of it, I do like kiwifruit even without hope of benefit from their medicinal quality, so I'll put them on my grocery list for today anyway.

But first, the ironing! Oh, my weekends - how eventful they are!

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gamiila
Apr. 11th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I don't know; I've never heard of Codral but then, I never buy any meds other than asperine, and even that rarely...There's very little that actually available over the counter in The Netherlands. I might get some Lemsip, though...

We went out for lunch today, me, my manager, his manager and the woman I've come to cover for. It was the first day this year that we could go out without coats and we sat out in the sunshine -- it would have been heavenly if I could have stopped blowing my nose every 5 seconds ;-)
suze2000
Apr. 12th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Codral is a cold and flu formula that you can buy over the counter. It's fairly strong - paracetamol, codeine and psuedoephedrine. I've seen it overseas, but it is often used to make speed/meth, so it can be hard to get hold of. Psuedoephedrine is a powerful drug that is both a stimulant and dries up your sinuses and runny nose, and with the other two drugs as painkillers, you feel human again pretty quickly after taking it, and can go back to work and basically be productive. Sometimes I get a little high from the codeine, but most of the time the codeine and the psuedoephedrine cancel each other out. It's a wonderful drug when you are sick. Failing that, you can often get Sudafed and take some painkillers with it instead.

At least they won't be questioning your dedication when you actually DO call in sick now. *hug*
gamiila
Apr. 13th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
Codeine, or anything containing it, is prescription-only in The Netherlands. Luckily, my cold seems to be getting better already -- I should be back to normal shortly after the weekend, I expect.