September has not been a good to me, health wise. At the beginning of the month I had a hernia repaired, then had to go back to the doctor's office several weeks later to have some stitches removed that should have dissolved on their own. Then over the weekend I developed the mother of all colds, and I've spent the past few days constantly blowing my nose, sneezing, and coughing.
I've had enough viruses to know this one will eventually pass, but in the meantime I've been trying to treat myself well so it goes away sooner rather than later. When Hubby Tony and I went to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner I treated myself to chicken soup (and added extra salsa for more sinus clearing). I've swigged endless cups of hot tea with honey and lemon, used my neti pot on a regular basis, and elevated my head with an extra pillow at night.
I wondered, though, what remedies I was forgetting that might be helpful. Instead of using my friend Google to come up with the answer I threw the question out to the members of an online community I belong to. Most of what I got was pretty standard-- take a steamy shower to clear the sinuses, use Vicks Vapo-Rub, take doses of Nyquil, Dayquil, or one of several other cough syrups, and drink hot buttered rum (which, as the poster suggested, also has the advantage of making you not care you had a cold).
Then there were a couple more offbeat suggestions. One was to drink Gatorade (to replace electrolytes lost from blowing your nose), and the other was to indulge in medical marijuana. Guess which of those I'd be more inclined to try?
Five years ago today: Clean As Mud