I managed to begin a cold four days ago. I woke up Thursday with a sore throat, and my condition deteriorated throughout the day. Friday was the worst, Saturday was not good, and today has been even better.
First of all, I did not have more than four consecutive days off since last Christmas to New Year's break. Which is totally fine. On a tangent, I was afraid of having a job where I only had one week of vacation a year, but the only week of vacation I had this year was last week, when many manufacturing engineering companies have factory shutdowns. In other words, if I can just take off this one week a year this year, I can probably do it next year, the year after, and the year after. The point being, when things in my life are going well, it is like a six cylinder engine running smoothly. However, when I hit a hiccup, all of the cylinders stop. In other words, I have not run in three days and I have felt terrible. I haven't even blogged! It is like my adrenaline flow for daily performance stopped (quite seriously I think that might be part of the explanation). I have probably averaged 10-11 hours of sleep over the last nine days.
Second, visiting Sheboygan and shaking so many hands over Christmas is definitely how I became sick. I probably shook 30-40 hands over three days. The chances that one of them was carrying a contagious cold virus? I do not know but surely north of 95%.
So that's how I have been spending my week off of work. I would like to pity myself that I didn't get to go skiing or travel to Colorado, but honestly, I think that I needed a little bit of a break from doing much of anything. After all, I have not sat around this much over four consecutive days in two years. Despite my best attempts, I am still human.