Friday, March 19, 2010

Colds Suck! But Compliments Are Always Nice.

My Dad paid me a nice compliment this morning.  I might have been more appreciative if I didn’t get the text message at ‘0:crack of dawn – thirty’ but it was still a nice compliment.  He sent me a message saying “You need to send this blog address to everyone you know.  It should be required reading”.  See!  That’s nice isn’t it?  I didn’t even have to pay or bribe him.  Of course he knows I haven’t been feeling well. 

I’m practicing to be the ‘girl with the worst immune system’.  Anyone with a cold or flu virus within a 50-mile radius of me will inevitably infect me with their creepy crawlies and snotty-ness.  I first became a recipient of this ‘bug’ at the beginning of this month.  I thought it was just stress and lack of sleep so I did the appropriate thing and ventured down to my local Wal-Mart and proceeded to buy them out of any and every cold/flu medicine they had. 

In addition to my self-medicating I paid the pharmacy for my Vitamin D caps that I have to take.  Side note – they cost more than the narcotics that were prescribed to me when I gave myself whiplash.  What is that?  So I can go throw myself down a snowy hill and get pain meds for $4, but if my body is lacking a vital nutrient, I have to pay $51?  How does that work?  Sorry – off topic. 

Anyhow, I loaded up on Actifed, Tylenol Sinus, Airborne, Echinacea, NyQuil and OJ.  Another side note – NONE of these things work.  I ended up letting the cold ride its course and I started feeling better.  Well on Monday my sore throat surfaced again.  I didn’t do my workout because I thought if I took a day off and let my body rest, I would feel better. 

By Thursday, I woke up to my already large tonsils swollen and raw and I could feel this tightness in my chest.  My fiancé asked me what was wrong – only because I was whining and caring on like a baby – and I said, “This isn’t good, my throat hurts worse and I feel like I’m getting a chest cold.”  He says to me “Well have you been taking the Actifed to dry you up?  It sounds like what you had previously may have drained and is now in your chest.”  I coughed and cleared my throat and said “No. I took some Tylenol Sinus when I woke up and I took some Echinacea – I should probably take some Airborne too.”  He gave me this dumbfounded look and said “Tylenol Sinus?  Why are you taking Tylenol Sinus?  It says Sinus on it when you have sinus pain.  That’s not going to help you.  That’s like taking Tylenol Ass for sore boobs!”  I love him. 

I’m worse this morning.  I can’t hear, it feels like I have earplugs in my ears, I’m losing my voice and I swear there is a golf ball stuck in my throat.  (Insert pathetic cough and moaning). 

So back to my original statement of my Dad paying me a compliment, it’s the small things that make me feel like I’m doing something right.  I may not be able to kick this colds ass, but I can write about it, and feel good knowing that someone is enjoying my whiny, and sometimes-monotonous rants.   


  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one with a poor immune system but I think I have you beat. I started getting sick after Christmas...just before starting a new temp job the first part of January, was able to kick it before starting...then a couple weeks after starting I started coughing up green gunk. After getting pneumonia last year I immediately went to the doc in the box to get some antibiotics so it didn't turn into pneumonia again (I've heard once you've had it it is easier to get now). Antibiotics worked to kick it then less than a month later I start with the couging again (knowing I couldn't afford another $250 trip to the doc since we don't have insurance) I was taking meds like crazy and sleeping trying to get better. Felt better after a week or so and this week started in with the head congestion junk. I stayed home one day from work and literally slept all day long just to keep from getting any worse. I'm so sick of not being well and I don't think I've ever been sick this frequently before. We've been doing the Emergence stuff everyday for the last month or so, I've taken Echinachea, Zinc, Vitamin C, A, D....holy cow, I don't know what else to do but live in a bubble.

  2. We should get our bubbles together for a play date - then we could breathe and hack all over each other and not give a rats behind about who it infects. Wow! I'm sorry about your pneumonia! Lack of insurance is the exact reason why I am staying away from the Doc in the Box. I don't want to pay $175 so I can be told I'm overweight and I have a cold.

    Emergence is a godsend! I'm not exactly sure it works, but it tastes great! (Now only if i could get paid for that last line). I am taking Mucinex and it seems to be working OK. Have you tried that? Hot toddy's are working as well. Try: 1 shot of rum (or whiskey), 1 tsp honey, a squeeze of lemon and your favorite tea (I like peppermint). And viola! It's soothing, tames the cough and makes you forget you were even sick if you drink enough!

  3. I too have been taking Mucinex and Sudafed Congestion. I haven't tried the hot toddy's but sounds wonderfully delicious...I will have to crack one out....thanks!


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