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For the last week, I’ve been suffering from a terrible cold of some sort, which has now taken up residence in my chest. Sometimes I have my voice, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I sleep, most of the time I don’t. Sometimes I have energy, most of the time I’m sprawled out on my sofa hoping that something watchable will show up on my television set. So, I’m taking the easy way out with a short post today.

Having gone back and forth between the drugstore many times in the last week, I can’t help but wonder how much this whole thing is costing me.

3 cans chicken soup: \$1.49 each = \$4.47

3 bags Riccola lemon/mint, sugar-free lozenges: \$2.05 = \$6.15

1 bottle ibuprofen, 80 count: \$7.99

1 bottle Delsym 12-hour cough syrup: \$11.79

TOTAL: \$30.40

At the grocery store today, I bought two bags of oranges for \$5. A good night’s sleep is free and so is tap water. Prevention is the cheapest medicine. Lesson learned.

I’ll be back on Friday with a real post — unless I continue to go downhill with this stuff. In the meantime, if you’d like to share your cost-cutting strategies for dealing with or avoiding the common cold, I’m all ears. It’s likely I’ll be reading it at 2:00 this morning, while in the midst of a coughing fit. (Yeah, you should feel sorry for me.)

Oh and if this isn’t enough of a math fix for you, yesterday was Ada Lovelace Day — honoring all of the women who are tops in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Share your favorite brainy chick at the Math for Grownups facebook page.