When I was wallowing in misery on the couch the other day, it dawned on me that this is twice in 3 months I've been taken down with a cold. Not taken down in the 'i-dont-feel-great' sense, but taken down as in, 'not-going-to-work-i-feel-so-poorly' sense. Geez.
I can count on one finger the number of times I had to take more than a day off from sickness the past 4 years in the US-perhaps 4 fingers in total if you also add a day here or there for various sick days. But, this is now a combined 6 days in 3 months! What gives? I'd heard the old wive's tale about UK germs being of a different kind than US germs (I am *so* over-simplifying here, but you get the gist...), and thought it was complete bunk when I heard it. A cold is a cold.
Apparently not! I'm a fairly health person, but I guess even here in the UK, it's just a different beast. Brace yourselves, new expats.