Obviously, it doesn't be people think it does!
I was in the waiting room of a pretty large office building the other day when I felt a tickle deep in my lungs.I knew from the feel of it that I had a plug that wasn't going to come out easily and was not going to wait till for a convenient time. Sure enough my body, without my permission, starting coughing. Once the cough started there was no way to stop it and so I spent the next few minutes coughing and trying to clear my airway. All of the sudden from somewhere down the vast hallway someone shouted from their office, without emerging mind you, "Would you like some water?" How many times have I been asked this throughout my life? I awkwardly shouted back down the empty hallway, "No thanks, I am fine." Only to once again hear from the long empty hallway, "Are you sure?"
Now if I were a "normal" person this may be seen as a kind gesture. I may even think how nice it was for mystery woman to offer some water to soothe my cough, but I am always somewhat annoyed when people offer water or cough drops. It reminds me that what is normal for me is something that is so abnormal to the rest of the world that it needs to be fixed. While my body is actually doing what it needs to do to be healthy other people hear my cough and want to immediately stop it. Or maybe I am just bitter that a sip of water won't fix what I have got. I try to tell myself that the guy offering me a cough drop in line at the post office or the person that offers water upon hearing my cough is trying to be kind and yet I find myself annoyed.
Anyone else find this irritating or am I the only one?