i've been blessed with good health. i haven't had anything worse than a cold in a long long time. this last cold was remarkable. on one hand the progression was pretty ordinary. a tickle. a drippy sniffy nose. post nasal drip. a sore throat. a dry cough. a wet cough. usually start to finish takes some 2 weeks. this one compressed everything into two days. there was the same total amount of unhappiness-hours. usually the discomfort is low but the duration is long. this one was reversed. wee! yeah. wee. in addtion, the normal gamut of over the counter drugs had no effect. the only things that had any effect were tylenol for the pain. and of course, chicken soup with lots of fresh ground pepper.