My cold is going through its stages. I've had congestion and sneezing, and my voice is so croaky it astonishes my coworkers. Last night I coughed in a manner that would put twenty smokers to shame. I would wake up every hour or so to a strange whistling peeping noise and realize it was my own obstructed breathing passages. Also one ear is plugged up. It's the ear I usually hear better with, so I resemble the old joke "She was deaf in one ear and couldn't hear out of the other one." I tell myself that a cold can't last forever. Today starts day 5; surely the worst must be over.
To add to my joy, the weather forecast is for several days of cold, rainy, windy conditions.