(The title is a random-ish reference to a writer I'm very fond of.)
As we have the Cold That Won't Go Away, we have all been coughing. Usually this is a problem as the sound of coughing is irksome to Charlie's sensitive hearing and, in the past, many I time I have run to the basement, or even the backyard, rather than have a very distressed Charlie.
This round of illness, he has been putting his hands to his hears and wincing a bit, but that is it.
Because he's simply handling loud noises that grate on his nerves and nervous system better? Maybe because he has been coughing plenty himself? ('You're coughy!' I said to him the other day. 'Cough-y' said Charlie).
Sometimes when he sees that I'm about to cough, he has been putting his hands over his ears in anticipation. And when I was driving Charlie around on Wednesday afternoon and felt a coughing fit coming on, I was relieved that I had stowed a water bottle in the passenger door pocket.