I rarely get colds. I jokingly say that it is too small for me. I am allergic to viruses and get very sick when I contract one. I react harshly to medications so colds just seem not that bad to me. I have been burning my candle from both ends, so to speak, lately and got a cold.
The first day I was wiped out with no energy, lost my voice, and was overall down and out. The following days I continued to cough a lot and have other various cold like symptoms. I have to say, colds are no fun and I’m glad I don’t get them often. It really is more annoying than anything else though. I was just ready to be over it. I could continue on with my life but slowed down a bit.
Here’s the difference between a cold and my everyday life….migraines! I tried not to take a lot of over the counter cold meds because I really don’t like to take OTCs in general. I lived a period of my life getting rebound headaches not understanding the repercussions of OTCs and I have not taken them since. So med free, I had a coughing fit one night. This fit triggered a migraine and I immediately went into abort migraine mode.
I actually thought to myself, “wow, a cold is annoying but a migraine sends true fear through me.” The proverbial trick or treat. A cold is no treat, but with a migraine looming I took it as one. My trick being pain, pain, pain, and I wasn’t falling for it. I had balking at taking meds all week but once the migraine hit I immediately took what I hoped would be effective.
With the coughing, lack of sleep, stuffy head/sinuses and so on, I knew a migraine would not be far away. So why can’t I just get a cold? Like I said, it’s no fun at all (especially with 2 children that take advantage of not hearing my voice) but I almost felt normal. I actually got a normal thing that everyone gets and was having a normal reaction.
But back to reality. Luckily for me my meds worked and I avoided a head banger of a migraine and throwing up pain. Yea for me because my throat was already stripped.
Bottom line being, colds are ok, migraines are not. I actually felt relieved in the morning when I didn’t have a migraine yet my voice was gone, my stomach was crazy nauseous and my body was weak. How was that a relief? I was relieved that my normal migraine life was more miserable than a cold and all I had was a cold.
Oh the life of a migraine sufferer. Only I would be ok with having a cold. Not happy, but ok, and I’ll take that for today.