Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, July 1, 2021, or: The Persistence of (Cold-Related) Misery

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Presently, the temperature is 79˚F (26˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 61% and the wind blowing from the east at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 78˚F (26˚). This first day of the month is going to be rather soggy; the forecast calls for scattered rain showers and a high of 89˚F (32˚C). Tonight, those scattered showers will continue, and the low will be 74˚F (23˚C). Today’s Air Quality Index (AQI) is 29 or Good.

Last night I went to sleep sometime after 11 PM and slept straight on till 6:30 AM Eastern; I suppose the NyQuil helped a bit, but colds – severe or not – tire me out and make me irritable. So I think this was a case of what my mom would have called sueños atrasados, which is Spanish for delayed dreams. Basically, those bouts of insomnia or restless sleep caught up with me and I dozed off while I watched the last episodes of I, Caesar on Amazon Prime Video.

About the summer cold: I have not noticed any change – for better or worse – in my condition. I don’t feel feverish, and I have a normal appetite, so I don’t think I caught anything more serious than a garden variety cold. On the other hand, the stuffy nose and dull-but-persistent headache are still here. If it weren’t for the DayQuil I take every six hours (three doses in all a day) and the one dose of NyQuil I take at night, I’d feel worse than I do now.

Still, the symptoms I feel are, at the very least, annoying. The severity of the stuffiness tends to wax and wane at random, but it seems to get worse when I have to concentrate on a task (such as, say, this blog post). Sometimes, when I’m not doing anything remotely useful or that requires serious concentration, the pressure in my sinuses eases off just a scintilla or two, but it doesn’t quite go away.

On the other hand, since the Caregiver handed me the two medicines I am taking, I don’t have as many sneezing/coughing fits as I did before, and the runny nose thing is only an unpleasant, if perhaps still vivid, memory.

I don’t have anything else to report, so I will close for now. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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