October 21st, 2002

opinion, eye

Unanswerable questions about my immune system.

I feel horrible. Got another stinking cold, and I've been wheezy & short of breath for a couple of days. This is getting ridiculous. When I was a kid, I had absolutely no immune system, and would go down with a cold every 3 weeks. I remember reading that the average adult gets 2 colds a year, and laughing - as I generally had closer to 2 colds a month. Then, a couple of years after I stopped living with my parents, I actually made that target - I had precisely 2 colds in a 12-month period. I was delighted!

And now I'm back to having colds on a 3 or 4 week cycle - one week of going down with a cold, a week of having the cold, a week to 10 days of being okay, and repeat. Argh! What is wrong with my immune system? Where has it gone? How come I managed to have one for all of a year, and then it went away again? *Sigh*...

I've tried echinacea. These days, it goes straight through me and/or gives me abdominal pain and bloating. I take vitamin pills - not taking them makes my mental health fall apart. I don't have showers before I go out, and I never go out with wet hair unless it's the height of summer. I think I do everything I can to avoid going down with colds - yet I still catch them all the time!
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