This may not be the best place to put this, but I already see so much progress made on the site in the last few days. I know from past experiences in web design and networking that it can take a lot of time to hunt down and fix little kinks and glitches. It seems you've already made great progress, Bixa, despite having the flu. Thanks for your diligent work towards getting us back in shape. I suspect you will soon have things even better than before. It's all a matter of time.
I do see some upgrades I like. The optical quality of the site appears to be better than the older version and looks fresher to me.
Bixa, I agree. The site is easier to read, and I also find it easier to identify where there are new threads.
As for cold and flu I have a head cold that is not very serious, but which has given me sinus headache. I try not to take "cold medications" but I broke down and took a cold and sinus pill with iboprofen and whatever that usual stuff that dries one out is. Forcing myself to drink water. I went to bed really early, completely wiped out by the cold, but couldn't sleep past about 5am (which is still 4am for my biological clock).
Now I'm waiting for some pot barley (scotch barley, more whole-grain than pearl barley is) to finish simmering. This kind of thing always takes longer than the directions, though I'd soaked the barley for a long time beforehand. Then I'll go back to bed for a while, curled up with Renzo.
It isn't as horribly cold as it had been, but still far from warm.
Replying very late, but hoping you're much better by now, LaGatta. It's odd, but everyone to whom I've spoken both here & in the US seems to have had a cold or a touch of flu this year. And they all say that they felt wiped out by it, well out of proportion to the severity of whatever got them. That was certainly my experience.
I have a cold right now too -- I coughed for a few days and it all went away, but after nearly a week, it returned as a runny-nose cold. I won't take anything for it -- maybe the cough medicine pushed it back and it had to come out. But I don't feel wiped out. Maybe the North Americans are suffering from a particularly long and severe winter? It's spring here.
I thought I had a cold - had all the usual symptoms - but after being back on allergy meds for two days the symptoms have decreased dramatically. Everything is starting to bloom here and there's pollen everywhere.
bjd, it is horrifically cold here. I do feel better, but still, as if I've been knocked out. It has been very cold much farther south than Québec or New England. I'm very glad a good friend from afar will be visiting, as I was getting very down indeed. Nobody wants to go out to a café or to the cinema (we have a good repertory cinema nearby).
Two years ago, it was springtime here by now; I believe the weather in much of Europe was cold then. It seems to be oscillating.
That's amazing, Kerouac. Are there a lot of ornamental cherry trees in Paris? We haven't even started our big bloom here in North Florida. There's just a smattering of color here and there, but spring is definitely around the corner. The birch trees outside were bare yesterday, but today I can see the slightest hint of new growth.
I will be in Washington, DC next week and am hoping to see cherry blossoms while there. I don't have a lot of optimism, however, especially with another snowy day expected. The peak is predicted to happen three weeks from now.
My oldest daughter, the one whose children I kept for a week, is just now getting better. She's had a terrible time with asthma and bronchitis. I'm not sure her illness was related to the weather we've had here, but the cold and damp sure didn't help.
I hope having your friend's visit will perk you up a a good bit and help improve your spirits, Lagatta.
My friend's visit was lovely, if too brief. But I have another cold! Extremely rare that I get two colds in one season. I look like hell too; my eyes have dark circles as if I'd spent the night drinking in a smoke-filled bar.
Sorry to read you have contacted this cold virus again Lagatta. I too am going through yet another bout of it as well. We have been unable to open up all the windows to freshen up, recirculate the air. I think this cold weather has trapped the germs in. This coming week is supposed to be warmer. Hoping you are feeling better very soon.
You too. I'm usually pretty healthy (except for a bit of arthritis). Arthritis hurting less since I've been able to get back on my bicycle again, though perhaps I've been overdoing it - wanting to get fit again - as the air is still cold. Of course cold comes from germs, but can hit us more when we are exposed in some way.
I'll have to find some kind of folding stationary bicycle at a website such as kijiji or craigslist... I don't have a lot of room for that in my little flat. Just to keep joints flexible.
As winter approaches I have two men in the house coughing, sneezing, snorting and talking with a nasal twang......PLEASE don't give it to ME!!!! The only thing they will allow me to give them is Benylin 4Flu tablets at night. Next to my son's bed is a large bottle of Benylin with Codeine. Which I think he swigs straight out of the bottle when the tickle gets too bad.
The problem with autumn is the air is dry and germs are flying around like mosquitos. We need some rain.
Rarely do I miss work, but I've come home today after only working a couple of hours because I have come down with a killer of a head cold. Very bad timing for me, but I'm hoping this means I will get through this and I won't be sick again until way after my busiest time of the year work-wise plus my upcoming trip.
Very true, Kerouac. I don't know anyone else who currently has a cold. I had thought it might be allergies, but decided that's wishful thinking. Last year when I traveled to England I was sick the whole time and only began to get better once I arrived in Paris. I toughed it out, but the second day in London was absolutely miserable and I don't remember much of my ramble through whatever park I visited. I actually got lost and took an extra long walk to a Tube station. (I also hope the very rude man staffing the information booth at Victoria station caught a few of my germs.) So, I'm looking on the positive side and hoping that by the time I leave on my next trip I will be totally resistant to whatever new germs are floating around, and by coming home from work I can also justify my actions as keeping from spreading my cold.
We can just not seem to get rid of this cold virus. I think I may have finally recovered but now my husband has it back again! He had to take two days off work on his day shifts last week and when he went to work last night he had a rough night of coughing and was thankful he did not have to put on his face mask.
Yesterday was the first day I've felt well, and gotten a good nights sleep, in almost three weeks. I suppose my viral-whatever hung around longer because I was unable to get adequate rest due to work responsibilities. I'm hoping this is the end of it and my summer will now be cold, flu, sinusitis, and other assorted illnesses free.
Oh woe is me. I need some of your "Lemsip Max" Kerouac! This is the first time I have sat in front of my computer for a very long time. Easing myself off the bed to the loo and maybe kitchen to make a cup of tea....that's about it. My chest is tight, due to a lot of very nasty looking phlegm. I do my best to get rid of it but my midriff hurts so bad when I cough, its hard to do. Back in a couple of days....
Tod2, hop on a flight to Paris and I'll give you my entire stock!
My mother's nose has been running a bit so I wipe it with a tissue and I even got her to wipe it herself once, but I think this sort of this is invisible to the staff, so I imagine her sitting around with stuff running out of her nose all day.
Thanks! I will be in Paris, but only in September. May I suggest something wonderful for your mums nose. We have something called ACTIFED in a syrup form ( which I give the boys) and at the same time if at all possible, squeeze/spray some Illiadin up the nostrils and let her hold her head back for about 30sec. I also use Vibracil in a tube which is a thick gel. It can be deposited quite easily in the nose and with a pinch or two of the nostrils takes hold and does its magic.
htmb - Luckily not - I think I have escaped that dreaded thing but I was definitely infected by some virus! I am feeling a lot better today but not over the hill yet. My chest still bad.