Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Colds

It looks like I may have picked up a respiratory virus either during the tail end of my travels or one of the local bugs caught up with me.  I do have a bad habit of chewing on my cuticles and reading e-mail or sitting in meetings with my hand on my face. I'm actually surprised I don't get respiratory bugs more often, given they're likely lurking on all the door handles, light switches, tables and other surfaces I touch and my personal behaviors certainly introduce them to my mucus membranes often enough. I'm very pleased about the sturdiness of my immune system in keeping things at bay.

I started out with a sore throat, stuffy head and a cough. I would have considered that it could be allergies to the newly flowering trees, but then the fever started.  I actually took a day off from work and spent it laying on the couch napping, coughing, blowing my nose, and generally feeling pretty run down.  That weekend was off/on fever. A dry cough hung on for an extra week or so, but I attribute at least part of that to the dust and pollen in the air since it got significantly better after a bit of rain, but then got worse once the outdoors dried out a bit.  I think even the cough has finally gone away now.

All in all, I cannot complain about having a respiratory bug once every couple of years, even if the periodicity is such that my existing stash of cough syrup is always expired by two months.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015


It's always amusing to me that I can go for months with no business travel at all and then have three weeks of travel all in a row.  Not long trips, just 2-3 days, but long enough to cause a tremendous backlog of e-mail and work and errands/housekeeping and not enough time between trips to get caught up, which leads to working weekends and no time off.

On the other hand, the trips themselves seemed to go fairly well and I didn't get caught up in any weather problems or other travel disruptions, other than a single maintenance delay of a couple hours. For that I'm very grateful.