Jan 07, 2008
If You Treat a Cold, it Will Last for Two Weeks...
"If you treat a cold, it will last for two weeks. If you don't, it will last for fourteen days."
-- quoted by my friend Bill.
I have a cold. And a big to-do-before-leaving-town list with many items not done. And a $273.61 charge from Continental for pushing my Mexico trip back by one week. So long as I don't squander the next few days, I can live with the delay. Meanwhile, I hope you are all having a germ-free start to 2008.
Image from the Singapore Government's Civil Service Club
I'm in the middle of making homemade chicken noodle soup right now. Wanna come over tomorrow night and have some? I've got a cold from hell also. We can commiserate.
Posted by: Stew | Jan 7, 2008 6:56:04 PM
Zinc lozenges. They taste nasty, but they work... reducing symptom severity, maybe even shaving a day or two off the suffering.
Eat some chicken soup to get the taste out of your mouth.
Carrie and I have been hit hard twice with two different colds this season. You have my sympathy.
Posted by: Barry Campbell | Jan 7, 2008 8:56:49 PM
Thanks, Stew and Barry, for condolences, offers, and advice.
Barry -- I've been pounding one version of the zinc tabs. They don't taste as bad as some others so I wonder if I'm using lower strength. But I'm sucking on them at maximum dosage. I guess the one good thing is that I can't taste much of anything these days.
Oh and for a later post -- I (or one of you or anyone else) should write about the importance of having some buffer space (time/emotions/money/etc.) for when the inevitable debilitating colds come along.
Posted by: Phil | Jan 7, 2008 10:38:27 PM
The zinc tabs I used to take also had a bunch of vitamin C and slippery elm in them. They weren't so much nasty as acidic. They were orange flavored, so I would suck on an orange-flavored antacid tablet at the same time.
Buffer space: my body clearly knows about the idea. I say this because of how many times I've gotten sick around the time that I've taken time off. I could easily be deceiving myself, but it sure as hell seems like my body has repeatedly said "Ok, you can get sick now, because you have the time."
Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Jan 7, 2008 11:26:31 PM
My witchdoctor, yogi, vegansexual, soon-to-be-ex wife always put this family on two things the minute a cold hit: Umcka and Kick-Ass Immune. It seemed to help, but who knows.
Posted by: Doc | Jan 8, 2008 1:54:17 AM
Regarding Joe: funny you should mention the stress thing. The Washington Post just had an article on "does being on vacation make you sick?"
Regarding Doc's witchdoc: I've been doing the Umcka but not the K-AI. Like you say, "who knows". I'm a strong believer in the "I'll feel better if I know I'm trying everything, even if none of it actually works".
Lastly, the Neti pot -- which I've used in some variations before but not at the moment. In today's NYTimes:
Posted by: Phil | Jan 8, 2008 2:40:02 PM