yes world, its me with a cold... and me with a cold is about as good as me in the morning.
basically, keep your damn distance!!!!!
this is a well known rule in my house-hold, when the creature emerges from the cave, do not make eye contact or speak to it, it is a strangely aggressive beast when startled.
similar rule for sick-creature, leave it alone, maybe be nice to it, but don't annoy it.
example: creature gets a phone call (creature was sleeping, but phone call woke it up). now don't walk to within 2 paces of the creature and then gesture for it to go get the other phone!! (which is half the house away!) just give it the damn phone in your hand!!!!! ARGH!!!!
right, time to go away, curl up and die now.