I'm finally recovering (I hope) from a particularly nasty summer "cold." It started out a week ago with a sudden painful "tightness" in my lower neck and throat. Then, as the pain lessened, the malady progressed to a painless laryngitis which lasted for two or three days. There was a night of feverish discomfort followed by a day or two of relatively minor sniffles — no big deal. Then Sunday night things really went pear-shaped. A tickle in the throat became frequent coughing and I delivered myself to the couch for a night of restless sleep in an effort to avoid waking She Who Must Be Obeyed. By Monday morning I was weak, feverish, head aching, with no appetite. I called off work, returned to bed where I spent the entire day in uncomfortable, fitful sleep. After an evening watching TV (still not eating) I went to bed and had another six hours of pretty good sleep. Arising today I felt much better. There was a headache, a bit more energy, but the definite knowledge that I belonged at home and not at work. My appetite began to return mid-morning today, the headache departed, coughs are infrequent, though I'm still a bit weak in the knees and my nose remains drippy. I expect I'll be back at work tomorrow. What a week, ugh!