Breathing has been a struggle all day.
I'm not stuffed up anymore, but there's this pressure on my lungs, and I have to take deep breaths, and it hurts a tiny bit. Coughing makes it feel better in the moment, but then it's right back.
I had band practice this afternoon and I couldn't breathe when I was playing. I just couldn't. I had told my mom what was going on on the way there, and she told me that playing clarinet would make it feel better, and it's even good for athsmatic people. But it didn't work for me. And I knew I couldn't ask my mom if we could just go home, since I knew she would just say, "Suck it up, bub, and get back over there." I was literally crying on the way home because I wasn't able to play (not the best idea to cry when you're struggling to breathe).
Then I got home and my mom was trying to find all these things that would help. Apparently sometimes colds get your lungs, and that's what was happening with me. She had me try this sort of essential oil tent thing, and she put too much oil in it, my throat was burning from the fumes.
Then my parents made me have my clarinet lesson. My teacher was understanding and was surprised that I was still trying to play through my cold. I actually managed to play that time, but I'd have to stop for at least half a minute to catch my breath.