two weeks and a day after coming down with a cold I'm still coughing. The major sickness passed in about three or four days. I was badly sick on Friday and Saturday two weeks ago. Sunday I went to church but came home and slept the rest of the day. But by Monday I felt pretty well.
But since then I've not been able to shake a lingering cough. I'm feeling that the virus must certainly have been defeated by now and what I'm experiencing is just the body's inability to turn off it's defense mechanism. It's an example of what we come across so often in life of old patterns and habits continuing long after the surrounding situation has changed. There's no longer a healing purpose to my cough but it continues, just the way that old adaptive strategies that kept us safe in childhood, or early relationships, or our first dealings with the world, get repeated in current situations even when they're no longer effective, or might even be making things worse for us.
My cough is so strong it gives me a headache. not to mention disgusting and annoying to others. Please make it stop.