I’m a week into this blasted cold and still not having any fun. There is NO WAY I can even attempt a run, or any cardio of any kind. My head is stuffy and the goo has made its way into my bronchials. When I lie down at night, a persistent tickle occurs and I cough incessantly. (Pity my poor husband, who’s a light sleeper. I left the room last night but he still heard me coughing.)
All that being said, I’m not convinced I need an antibiotic yet. I took some cough medicine this morning and a decongestant, and plan to leave it at that for the moment.
So my big question is, when do YOU know you need antibiotics? What’s the defining moment when you finally throw in the towel and say “I’m not getting any better, I must have a bacterial infection.”
I tend to wait until I feel like death warmed over (this takes about 10 days to fully kick in), and then it’s another week of recovering from that snot-induced, cough-racking place where I’m utterly exhausted and worn down. And, how does a person keep the virus from turning bacterial? I know I’m a slow learner, but I’m still trying to find that magic tipping point and keep myself on the viral side of things. So far, not working so well. Do I keep trying, or is that the very definition of insanity, to keep doing the same thing and expect different results?