As He Snivelled Past

Now I have a head cold. Without disagreeing with my doctor’s diagnosis of stress, I am somewhat relieved that the headache at least was brought on by the impending cold. I also know where I contracted it. A young man in the bar at Thursday’s crowded wake, clearly suffering from such an ailment, coughed in my face as he snivelled past me. My resistance was too low to repel that.

Consequently, while Storm Gareth did his best to break through our windows, I spent much of today reading. If I finish the book in time I will feature it tomorrow.

This evening we dined on our second portions of yesterday’ s chicken shaslick meal.


  1. Hi DK (or should I say DJK- or notnuse initials?)
    Just wanted to say hope thenhead cold clears!
    I had a bit of one last weekend and it was miserable.
    We were at a Concert and i went and sat down and put my head down on table for ten minutes – it helped so much –
    But I think the singer saw me and hope
    He did not misunderstand ?

    Anyhow – a suggestion for ya-
    I carry around a small bottle of oil – the one I have now hands frankincense and myrrh in it (from indigo wild) and I put it under my
    Nose when in crowds or when teaching (and students can be so up and down with coughs) and so you can make your own by just using olive oil- it creates a barrier and really protects the germs you take in via the nose! I’d suggest adding in an essential oil – just a bit – because it adds more of a barrier – offers healing (aromatherapy) and smells nice to others if they happen to sniff it. But seriously – this has been a huge help!

  2. Grief. Grief lowers our immunity. We get sick. Take a high dose Vit C preferably a sublingual or one that is easier on the stomach. I like Dr. Mercola. Recommend at least 3,000mg per day if you can tolerate. ZINC. Vit D at least 5,000mcg per day – those three should boost your immunity. If your stomach gives you jip then try some acedophelous (can never spell that in english) also – again Dr. Mercola does a good one. You will feel better health wise soon but this is all the fall out. You have done remarkably well all things considered but this is par the course. I send you as always all of my best and most sincere love and prayers.

      1. Please take good, good care of yourself. I saw your post today about not being able to see your mum but glad that she is rallying and holding her own i do hope you can see her soon xxx

  3. There is very little that can’t be helped by reading and sitting quietly. The whole Brexit mess, for instance, would have been greatly improved if our MPs had stayed at home and read.

    I hope the cold clears soon.

  4. Hope you feel better soon, Derrick. I thought at first that Storm Gareth was the man who sneezed on you. šŸ™‚ Relaxing with a good book helps all sorts of ailments.

  5. OH, no! šŸ™ šŸ™ šŸ™ I am so sorry to hear of this, Derrick!
    Best wishes, prayers, and healing thoughts for you to be well (and stay well).
    Rest, reading, comfort food, liquids, etc., and no dancing! šŸ˜‰ Okay, dance if you feel like it! šŸ™‚
    Who/What is Storm Gareth? I shall google him.
    Healing (((HUGS)))

  6. In the movie ‘Independence Day’, planet Earth was saved by uploading the common cold virus to the alien ship! I hope you get relieved of both stress and flu quickly. Beware of the snivelling people in closed spaces and assemblies!

  7. Clearly, this could make for a good Dr. Seuss-type book: perhaps Derrick and the Uncivil Sniveler. On the other hand, I could see the chap looking for all the world like an Edward Gorey character. May his influence decrease, and your good health increase!

  8. Good morning Derrick!! When I lost my sister every night that I fell to sleep I felt that there was electricity in my head and it hit me …
    I was afraid I’d get a stroke …
    Going to the doctor I realized that all this I felt from my sorrow and bitterness …

    I fully understand the loss and that it causes but stimulates your immune because you have many others that need you and love you!!

    Wish you speedy recovery!!

  9. They say laughter is the best medicine!!! šŸ˜€

    ( So i’d stay away from my blog today if i were you – stick with your book!) šŸ˜‰

    Hope you feel healthy soonest!

  10. Quite frankly, I’m amazed you haven’t been hit with it before, with all the stresses of the past few weeks. With the funeral over, I hope you can regroup and focus on yourself a little. I hope you feel much better soon, and that Jackie is spared.

      1. I’d agree with that… Lots more pain to get through, I know, but here is to brighter times ahead for you and yours. It’s a subtle shift, and of course takes a long while to arrive, but those days will come – even if they feel awfully remote right now. Rooting for you…

      1. Cheer up Derrick it’s never as bad as it seems, Just think of Queen and country as I do ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, says he exiting stage left to a roaring rendition of “Rule Britannia”

  11. Oh why people don’t cover their mouth???
    We had the worst of Storm Gareth over night. The street lamp was swinging so violently I was afraid it gets detached.

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