Every conference there is a percentage of individuals who catch the “conference crud.” This can be described as the cold from hell. These people still have to attend every meeting and session anyway because they’re there for a reason. So there’s always a few people coughing and blowing their noses. Half of my committee had this version of the crud by our second meeting this Midwinter. Some people get a crud that’s even worse: they puke their guts out (food poisoning? possibly…or just the crud). These people fortunately stay in their hotel rooms and just consider the conference a wash.
The worst thing is that you cannot avoid people with the crud. They’re everywhere…shuttle buses, meetings, the exhibit floor, everywhere (unless they’re puking in their hotel room). Each conference I try to NOT catch the crud. Some years I’m successful, and don’t get sick.
This year I’m not so lucky. I have the crud. Fortunately, I have the cold from hell version. My head aches, my body aches, my head is stuffed up so I can’t breathe through my nose (fortunately the dog doesn’t care if I snore or drool while I sleep with my mouth open) and to top it off, the air is so dry from the heat that I keep getting minor nose bleeds whenever I blow my nose. Ick.
I’m going back to bed now…