Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Husband Went to Texas

....and all he brought me was this stupid cold.

Yuck.  Bill got back from a business trip last Friday and I promptly fell to whatever nasty virus he carried home. I tried to stick it out Saturday and Sunday, but Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were couch days. Rosie joined me in my misery and together we watched PBS Nova videos and Cesar Milan episodes on Hulu between nose blowing, cough drops and cups of soothing teas.

Theo attended soccer camp for the first three days of the week, but he came home yesterday sneezing and blowing, a sure sign that his system is overcome.

Currently I'm at that awkward stage where nothing sounds good but I'm starving, my body aches for serious exercise from the stiffness of lying on the couch for 3 days (and 2 nights) but the 15 foot walk to the kitchen requires a 10 minute nap.

I spend 20 minutes trolling the web for more ideas of how to beat this virus.  Nothing I haven't thought of.  Here's my personal list:
- lots of ginger/lemon/honey tea
- lots of throat coat tea
- chicken broth soup (oddly the homemade bone broth made me retch, so I'm onto Pacific Natural Food broth)
- naps
- zinc
- herbal remedies for cold/flu and echinacea plus from Dr. Schultz
- tom kha gai soup from the local Thai restaurant
- baths with both epsom salts and sea salts

I suspect it will be a few days before I'm back to par.  Fortunately until then, PBS just posted a new series with Professor Henry Gates, Black In Latin America.  


Walk With Me, Tyler Burgess said...

Mom says Try Drugs.
Benadryll at night will stop all the flow and you can sleep. Awaken without the sore throat. Wheezing and coughing is gone.
There are other drugs, but this works best for me.
Go Drugs! Why suffer!

Valorie said...

Ick. Feel better! Somebody brought illness to my recent chorus competition. Nothing like bringing people from 3 states together to help propagate crud!

Saline rinses of my nose helped with my sore throat, congestion and overall headache. There are lots of recipes but I generally do 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup water. I make the water to baby bottle temperature (i.e. feels warm on my pinky). I've never been good at snorting it so I lie down with my head hanging over the edge of the bed and use an eyedropper to put 4-6 drops in each side. The motion of getting back up seems to distribute it pretty well throughout my sinuses. It works better than any drugs I've tried and while I don't think it shortened my time being ill, I wasn't quite so drained and miserable so once I was done being ill, I bounced back much faster.