I want to finish, or at least extend, my cruise entries. Hopefully, I will later today. Right now I’m dealing with a cold.
I suppose spending most of yesterday on airplanes was the worst thing I could do, but I had no choice. It started three days ago as a scratchy throat… then painful throat… then into my nose.
Somewhere over Kansas I realized I’d never flown with a cold before. It’s the kind of experience you don’t forget!
Airplanes are pressurized, but not fully to sea level pressure. That’s why your ears pop when you ascend or descend. The pressure in the plane’s cabin is changing.
With this cold, my ears clogged up enough so I could hardly hear Helaine next to me (something she has accused me of in the past, when I was in good health). As we began our descent, it felt like someone had stuck a knitting needle in each ear, trying to get to the middle.
My left ear opened, but when I sneeze, my right ear sounds like someone is crumpling paper in front of a microphone!
I’m sure this is more than you want to know – and I’ll stop… except to say, there are no paid sick days on vacation!