Woo hoo this is a doosey! More than just a cold, it evolved (eeks!)
Dear husband caught our toddler's cold from 3 weeks ago. Dear daughter gets frequent cold viruses, as expected since she is in pre-preschool 2 days a week and building her immune system. She had a runny nose and some coughing and recovered quickly.......After suffering for a week he went to the doctor and was put on antibiotics. He is not healed but feeling much better.
Meanwhile I caught it too. Painful sinus headaches and chapped nose from blowing, it turned into a cough. A week later I was quite hoarse. Today, another week later, I finally made the taxing task of showering and dressing and make- up etc and went to the doctor. 3 different meds!?! Also I have been developing sclero mouth for many years. I found a particular brand of lip balm that is soothing for me, I have used it on and above my mouth for many years not knowing why my upper lip was so irritated. I now have is slathered on my lips, upper lip skin and now nostrils too! Thank you lip balm :)
Anyway I have totally lost my ability to talk. I can squeek like a low chuckle, or whistle to get attention if needed but that's all. Dear husband is getting irritated at me trying to wave at him or whistling to get his attention. Dear daughter is now whispering anything I say as she mimics the only way I can communicate, by whispering!
On the happy side my dear mother (late 60's age now) baby sat and hosted a birthday party for my daughter last weekend. What a great gift! We now live 4 hours away from extended family; there were many guests, several of her cousins, and a loud fun happy birthday song for her!! I can't tell you what a gift that was for my baby! LOL, and me! We are in the midst of a major home remodel and had to get things ready for the next stage so contractors could work. Who am I kidding?.....I mostly watched while dear husband did the labor. I am so lucky he understands, at the same time I get so frustrated I can't work side by side with him like I once did before sclero.
Either way this virus on top of debilitating fatigue and joint pain is no fun, but I am so grateful the cold virus will pass :) :)