I'm on Day 8 of my sickness. I try to stay hydrated, so I can cough up phlegm as need be. It's not like I have a constant cough, but when I breathe too deeply, it sets off that cough reflex. So I harumph until that fluid comes up.
Here's the thing. Hick has some very strange ideas concerning my recovery.
"At least I'm coughing that stuff up. Eventually, it's all gotta come out."
"I know I hear you coughing it up. But then you just swallow it back down. How are you ever going to get better like that?"
"Um. I don't swallow it back down into my LUNGS! What would you suggest I do?"
"Spit it out."
"So everybody who ever coughs spits out what they cough up?"
"I don't think so. You don't."
"I do too! When I'm outside. You just don't get out. Almost everybody spits that out when they cough it up."
"What am I supposed to spit it in?"
"I don't know. A cup?"
"Okay. So I'm supposed to have a cup here in the living room, a cup in the kitchen, a cup in the bathroom, and a cup beside the bed."
"If you need to."
"That's just ridiculous. People don't do that."
Sorry. I can't take this advice from the man who sneezes 20 times in a row, and sucks the snot back into his nose every couple sneezes, rather than use a tissue to blow his nose.