I caught something early last week, but I was never sick enough to miss either school or work.  My ailments were seldom a week long, though; so this time was unusual.  What started as a dry sore throat led to sinus congestion, then mucous and phlegm, leading to sleepless nights, succeeded by throat irritations, ending with coughing.  A rotating regimen of Benylin, cough syrup and Vitamin C pills, buffered by a Vitamin C-enhanced diet that included bananas, canned fruit and tea (with a touch of orange peel) finally alleviated the symptoms.  In a twist of irony, the weather took a turn for the worse the day my symptoms subsided…


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