I’m sick. :(

I have had a cold for over a week. Last Wednesday, January 25, I felt it coming on–a few sniffles, a sore throat, some coughing. It’s been nonstop since then. The cough’s gotten worse, then a little better. The sniffles turned to sneezing and lots of nose-blowing. My throat is no longer sore, but I have sinus pressure and a headache, and for the past few nights I’ve had trouble getting to sleep and then staying asleep. I’ll be in bed for 12 or 13 hours but I’m not sure how much of that time actually involves rest.

My mucus is clear and I don’t have a fever. There’s been no throwing up or anything like that. It’s just a head cold. But it won’t go away.

At this point I am considering trying to use my CPAP to get some restful sleep. I haven’t needed it in weeks thanks to weight loss. I’m not sure if it would even work, but I feel so terrible, it’s worth a shot.

Since I’ve been sick, I haven’t been able to work out properly. I’ve tried a couple times, only to feel exhausted and lightheaded way too soon.

I’m wondering if the rapid weight loss period after weight loss surgery makes one more susceptible to illness. Is my immune system weakened by the ordeal my body’s going through? If so, is there anything I can do to break free of this cold? I do have some generic cold medicine, but that of course treats symptoms, not the cause.


  1. I used to get colds a lot when I traveled. I would recommend trying some Airborne – it seems to help me a lot. Once I took it at the onset of a slightly scratchy throat when I had flown somewhere and I never got a full blown cold.

  2. I swear I just got over that mess, and know several people here who are now going through it. The common symptoms have been the 10+ days of being ill, feeling better only to feel worse again, no fever, and TOTALLY being exhausted! I managed to make it to classes the entire time I was ill, though I was careful with handwashing, and contact with others and their things, and my desktop surfaces. Hand sanitizer and Kleenex were my friends! All I can piece together is that I got the cold from a niece in a neighboring state; too bad germs can’t be tracked like dollar bills throughout the USA!!

    And yes, I TOTALLY SECOND using Airborne!! I try to keep it on hand, but didn’t have any this time –OF COURSE. When I was flying to and from England regularly I found it, and have used it ever since! :)

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