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Can we say "irony"? [Mar. 16th, 2007|11:32 am]
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Ok, it's March...just inches away from spring. I'd been congratulating my immune system for going through my first real east coast winter without getting sick (plus, I haven't gotten anything since December 2005). There have been such horrible, gnarly things going around and I have succumbed to none of them. So I've been feeding my immune system lots of nice fruits and vegetables to celebrate its utmost excellence.
When, lo and behold--I'm sick. And of all things to be sick with, it's the frickin' common cold. I'm almost laughing at the irony...not Mono, not the flu, not strep throat, not sinusitis or hepatitis...a cold. lol.

Well, I guess I should consider it a blessing that it's only this and not something really bad (even though this cold is a doozy), but still. My immune system's reminding me too much of, say, a math genius taking a really challenging test and getting everything right except 2+2.

[User Picture]From: opera_lover_44
2007-03-16 08:11 pm (UTC)
lol I'm sick of the winters here lol I'm so moving somewhere warmer :D
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From: ex_la_foret689
2007-03-17 04:40 am (UTC)

Hope you feel better soon!
And I think colds always hit just when you let your guard down.
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2007-03-18 10:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think you're right about that. All of a sudden it hit, just like that.
And thanks, I am so far!
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[User Picture]From: king_gravewater
2007-03-17 10:28 am (UTC)
Actually, colds and flu are two of the most challenging things your immune system can encounter. Not because they are especially difficult to destroy or even particularly damaging, but because they constantly mutate year after year. The cells that survive after shifting to one human or another basically change to a slightly different form that is not yet known by the immune system and thrive for a while. Then human immune systems identify the germ and produce the correct antibody. Repeat ad nauseum.

The next stage in human evolution will have a lot to do with immune systems, that much can be predicted with certainty.
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2007-03-18 10:30 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, that's indeed true...the Biology major had forgotten, d'oh! They're also much more widespread in the population than some of the more severe illnesses (at least, let's hope that continues to be the case lol).
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[User Picture]From: king_gravewater
2007-03-19 12:00 am (UTC)
Diseases are a bit like stealth commandos. Their survival depends on how the immune system prioritises their elimination. That is why viruses like the wart virus can survive for months or even years. The wart virus thrives because it sticks to places that the immune system considers low-priority, such as the skin. Which is also why doctors generally remove warts by freezing them in liquid nitrogen. It does not burn them off or anything simple like that - it causes the immune system to wake up and pay attention to those specific spots in the skin. *nods*
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