Experiencing something for the first time today.
You know when you get a cold, and all your joints feel achy? I mean, I used to get that every now and again, before....
Since the stroke, I've generally been able to steer clear of coughs and colds, just because I suppose I'm in contact with so few other people. But I've obviously picked something up now because my throat feels like sandpaper and it hurts to move. I'm not sure it feels any worse than in years gone by, but the effect of the achy joints on my already-weak limbs is quite debilitating, it is really uncomfortable even to move around and I'm feeling unusual strains on e.g. my femur. I can only hope that this will all be long gone by the time I need to go out again, not for another week unless I feel up to it.
It does feel a bit funny because, as a cyclist, I never used to get any of these petty ailments, I always felt immune, so I haven't experienced a cold in years!
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