Finally, just give up on ever living a cough free life. Curl up on the couch under a blanket and moan, "I'm dying. I'm dying. This has to be Captain Trips or Consumption." Or something similar while your family shakes their heads at you and turns the TV louder. Welcome to hell.
Social gestures are important to feel welcome, express trust, show gratitude, and conclude visits with a hopeful tone. Find the best way between you and your doctor to have these feelings, but do not increase your risk of infection in the process.
I jumped through the hoops of reciting my last ten days, hoping to speed up the journey to the antibiotic my fifty years with this body has trained me to rightfully expect when I can whistle Jingle Bells through my throat. Sure enough, they agreed.