Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cough-ter that Reverberates

I sat beside a girl the other day with a big, dry, hacking cough. The sound of that cough was just awful, and the frequency was much more than most average personal comforts would tolerate. I felt sorry for her, and sympathised but I had to get up and move! Not because of the cough - she had a rag and was doing all the socially correct things to ensure that the air remained sterile (or as sterile as could be expected under the circumstances). My problem was the cough's disturbing effect on my insides.

You could hear the grating at the back of her throat, and the resultant shaking in the room, and my midriff, was horribly, horrendously wrong. That was the first time in my life I ever heard someone cough so strongly that it vibrated up and down a room and actually reverberated like an echo on my tummy. It feels as nasty as it sounds.

I wondered what kind of pain that poor girl must have been in, with that shaking actually coming from inside her... I wondered if the girl sitting directly beside her didn't feel like she was experiencing the tremors of a mini-earthquake... After looking around the room and seeing everyone else absorbed in their laptops and apparently undisturbed, I wondered if it was just me with a sensitive tummy (some people are weird like that- like women whose wombs 'glow' when they see pregnant women). Then I stopped wondering, packed up, and left.

I usually hear of laughter that reverberates, whether it be booming, powerful guffaws, or echoing peals that bounce around a room and envelope everyone. That day, it was a different experience: who knew 'cough-ter' reverberates? I wish I had been spared the discovery...

34 comments:

Beth said...

that poor girl!!! she must have felt horrible and I think she should get to a dr pronto! that doesn't sound good!

and I would have moved too!

Crankyputz said...

I feel your pain, as soon as someone get's sick, I start to feel an itch in my throat...

Ruthibelle said...

@CP: yeah. I know. You hear the word 'chicken pox' and you swear you have itches all over... I know.

@Beth: I sympathised. Her cough was awful. it sounded terrible, and it shook the room...

Jdid said...

yea some of today's coughs are pretty crazy! i think i've seen some of those reverberating types before

Ruthibelle said...

so jdid you agree... once is enough, right??

Gordon Swaby said...

I'm impressed to know how you can make something as inane as a cough and turn it into a greats story:p when i grow up i wanna write like you hahah

Wuthering said...

Ruthi I have a very strange theory about what you may be experiencing.

We all have certain gifts. I'm very intuitive when it comes to health. I don't write about it because i'm working on becoming more professional.

I think you are an intuitive person. You mentioned the person who sees a womb glow or their womb glows!?! I was a bit confused with that statement. Anyway, So, you do realize this has to do with an "energetic sense" you are getting.

I find this absolutely fascinating. I'm not huge into Budhism etc. Although what you are describing reminds me of the subtleties involved with our evolution towards what they describe as the "godlike" state.

You've mentioned religion before. You seem to stay away from dogmatic thinking and this would explain your ability to be at a higher energetic plane.

Goodness girl. You turn me into way more of a nut than I really am. Honestly. I am so la de da.

I swear!!!

Ruthibelle said...

Luce, it's ok. Seriously, I'm la de da too, sometimes really spaced out... adds spice to the world, I say.

@gordon. whatev! If you'd been there, you woulda written bout it too.

Lover of Life said...

Wow, poor girl. But more interesting is your feeling in your stomach area. Are you a healer?

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Bradshaw said...

Those are the type of coughs that make me wish I carried lozenges with me all the time.

Thanks for your comment!

areyouteeaych said...

Ouch. Just thinking about it (after having read about it) makes my insides quiver a bit. I empathize with her, so now I need a cup of tea and honey now. Thanks Ruthibelle! (lol)

Ruthibelle said...

oh dear... a cup of tea and honey sounds good, actually. I should have offered her that, lol

@Bradshaw I usually have sweets of some sort on me, but it would probably come off wrong for me offer her a lollipop :)

@Lol... what? Am I a healer? Dear Lord no! lol

Stunner said...

Damn that is an awful cough! She should have been at home on medication with a cough like that! Hope she gets better soon.

Will said...

poor thing - and mean both her and you... i totally empathise... when i'm around someone who has a cold or flu or cough i always feel like there are little illness animals floating through the air just waiting to invade other people... this is what the word "miasma" was invented for... and "contagion"...

there's nothing more frustrating than coughing and being unable to stop...

Bri Bri said...

I'm glad you liked the cartoon! It's one of my favorite quotes.

Ruthibelle said...

Stunner, it was turrible!! And I saw her just the other day... guess who still has an awful cough?

Will, I know. It's not intentional. But you just get the feeling you're inhaling all kinds of germs and bacteria into your system, and it's like you can feel the nasty critters creeping in... ugh! I sympathised, but Lord Jesus I had to get up and go!

@Bri... the cartoon was luv-ly!

Mighty Afroditee said...

You know, I had a flu some years ago, and I find that I have a dry cough that keeps coming back. I think its the same one.

I had a co-worker who had th ekind of cough that you are describing. She is a skinny bit of thing and has lived with her coungh for over 15 years. Sometimes coughing even makes her pass out, and the doctor cannot diagnose her for whatever reason. Thing is, she did not have a cough rag, and would not always cover her mouth...you know the rest...

Will said...

:-) I gave you an award. It's at the bottom of this post: http://lullabiesanddelusions.blogspot.com/2009/04/10-things-i-want-to-do-before-i-die.html

:-)

Ruthibelle said...

thanks Will.. :D

@Afro: yeah, i know the rest of that...

Its Just Me - Daring to Dream said...

wow, sounds like a surreal moment in slow motion. I am bothered by coughers too - not sure why, but its weird. Makes you want to cough for them more effeciently just to make it stop!

Ruthibelle said...

lol!

Abeni said...

Yes girl,I 've actually had a cough like that.Trust me it leaves you feeling as if your chest is on fire

Ruthibelle said...

@Abeni: it sounds awful!

heavylogix said...

Wuthering really reach a "heights" with those comments (get it ?)but I think she's right. You're very empathetic and pick up on people's vibes and energy. It makes you a perceptive writer but it can also kill you if you stay around bad vibes. Getting up was for you the right move. The only move. Personally I avoid crowds for similar reasons but yuh might see me at Carnival time trying to sneak a peak here and there.

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