Sunday morning I woke up with a bit of a cold. It's the kind of cold that starts slowly and is not too bad. Just a little achey with a little bit of sniffles, a slight scratch to the throat. No big deal.
Until Monday and I had that ONE sneeze. The sneeze that hurts your entire body. The sneeze that makes you see stars. And it is that sneeze that transforms a little cold to a huge cold. In the middle of that 2 seconds it takes to sneeze that sneeze, your body goes from sniffles to full on snot maufacturing machine. That one sneeze takes you from being okay and breathing fine to totally clogged up and wheezing. Do you know what I am talking about?
Anyway, I knew I was in for a long night Monday. I couldn't breath through my nose so I knew I would get a serious dry throat while I slept, so I put a cup of water on the night stand. I knew I would probably get chills so I wore sweatpants and a sweatshirt to bed. I knew I would have to wake up several times throughout the night to blow my nose, so I put a roll of toilet paper on the nightstand. It was going to be along night and nothing is worse than actually having to get out of bed when you need your sleep.
I woke up several times with the dry throat and I sipped my water and went back to sleep. I woke up other times to rip a piece of TP off the roll, blow my nose,throw the used "tissue" on the floor (to be picked up the next morning) and go back to sleep. I woke up several times to cough, apologize to Lauren for waking her up and then I would go back to sleep. I would say I was up every half an hour.
At one point, around 4 AM, I woke up with a serious dry throat. I reached over and grabbed my cup of water. I took a sip but only a very little bit of water slid down my throat and barely quenched the dryness. I could have sworn I had more water in the cup. I was only taking sips all night so I would not have to get out of bed to fill it back up. I sat up and looked closer at the cup.
Sure enough, stuck in the bottom and the inside of the cup was one of my used "tissues". It sopped up all the water. I gagged.
I just drank some snot. Then I thought about it some more. What if the tissue was in the cup all night? I could have been drinking snot all night.