265 – Going and Going

265 – Going and Going

Still sick. Zero voice. Mostly communicating via the internets and via Magna Doodle. Fun stuff, guys!

I’ve been taking Dayquil and drinking orange juice, tea, and Gatorade. Aloe tissues have done nothing for my nose… What do you guys do when you’re sick?

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Discussion (20)¬

  1. Jade506 says:

    yikes day 5?!
    That sucks, I get sick pretty easy but heal pretty slow so I know what you’re going through.
    I ussualy take a hot bath and I mean HOT bath. Like the kind you could cook a lobster in. A few drops of eucalyptus oil to clear your airways (no too much, that stuff can BURN) and just relax. Then crawl under lots of covers and sweat it out.
    And if all else fails, the doctor is your friend 😀

    Hope you get well soon!

  2. Chaos says:

    If it’s sticking around this much, go see a doc, might be worse than some little bug.

    Other than that, I usually just rest a lot, drink plenty of fluids, and take a multivitamin every day. Not much else to do.

  3. Curious says:

    …vitamins. lots of vitamins. No sugary foods. No milk. (Milk stimulates mucus production, helps make the cold more miserable.) No junk food. Chicken soup WITH the fat. (It’s the fats in the chicken that helps with a cold.)

  4. Bookworm says:

    Depending on the symptoms, there are several things you could do. Gargling always helps a sore throat. Try mouthwash, a warm salt water mixture, or hydrogen peroxide. I’ve never tried the last one, but I have a friend who swears by it.

    For clogged sinuses, there are two general clearing methods. The first is a warm bath or shower/sauna. Steam helps de-clog most sinus/runny nose problems. The other way is to grab the spiciest thing you can find. Wasabi is good, but I’ve never been able to handle it. My suggestion, primarily because it dulls the pain a bit afterward, is a Bloody Mary, preferably home made because the bars have dulled it down from its original power. Look it up online, and don’t forget to add the horseradish to the lip of the glass.

    Everything else is rest and fluids. Hope you get better soon. I’m also going througha bit of a bug myself, so I know how you feel.

  5. Andy says:

    I recall a doctor who’d been studying regular cold treatments for a long time saying the following on a tv program:

    The only really effective way they’d found to stop a cold early was to have a long soak in a hot bath as soon as you felt it coming on as the hot air breathed in slowed the reproduction of the bug and gave the immune system a chance to fight it off before it became entrenched.

    Vitamin C he said had no appreciable effect on stopping the bug but large doses could lessen the symptoms, though it took amounts that were normally considered toxic to have a major effect (3000mg per day I think he said)

    Over the counter cold medicines generally didn’t do much though basic paracetamol could ease the pain and discomfort.

    Generally just staying warm, staying fed, watered and taking it very easy until it passed was the way to go.

  6. Baughbe says:

    I have found that attitude does make a difference, at least for me. I simply refuse to be sick anymore. Over the years I have found it will reduce the average amount of time being sick. (I learned this after having once spent about 6 weeks bouncing back and forth between almost well and seriously sick with flu) Canada Dry Ginger Ale (not the cheap brands) is good for queasy stomach. Otherwise: SLEEP!!!

    Hope you get well soon!

  7. DMavs says:

    Over the counter cold meds just treat the symptoms, not the cause. So they really only help you suffer through it. The bath and chicken soup and lots of rest methods are the best at getting over quickest. Vitamins after you are sick are too late to help, they help you ward off the bug in the first place. You can try Airborne or Zicam (generic is fine), but if you’ve gone 5 days already, you should be on the tail end and it isn’t worth the effort. I’ve had good luck with Zicam when I start taking it with the first twinge of “sick” in my nose or throat.

    Oh, and my favorite cure for nausea? A cold rag across the throat (and if it’s really bad, the forehead, too).

  8. BethR says:

    If it’s day 5 and you have no voice? A visit to the minute clinic or doc is the best idea. You don’t normally lose your voice with a simple cold.

  9. shade390 says:

    put vasiline on your nose if the skin is all cracked… the time before last that I was sick my upper lip swelled twice normal size
    also considering the voice thing see a doctor
    thats all I got

  10. Sio says:

    Mucinex DM to get rid of the clogged up gunk. It’ll let you cough it out and relieve congestion in the lungs and unclog your sinuses. Emergen-C to get Vitamin C and B vitamins in you, along with electrolytes. I hit the chicken soup hard, usually matzoh ball soup just because I like it. Don’t have matzoh ball mix? Crush up pretzels to fine meal, mix with an egg and a little oil, put in the fridge for 15 minutes, make into little balls and cook, covered, in boiling chicken broth for 20-30 minutes. They aren’t kosher, but neither am I.

    This goes on much longer, see a doc. The packed up sinuses can infect and then you’ve got something much worse, and that needs antibiotics. Gunked up lungs can go to bronchitis, and THAT’S even nastier.

  11. Sio says:

    Oh, I forgot. If you can get some L-Lysine amino acid, that’s a little help because it makes the cell membranes harder for the viruses to penetrate when they’re trying to propagate themselves. If the viruses can’t breed, the disease dies off.

  12. L says:

    Sleep and Lord of the Rings. Fell well soon!

  13. L says:

    Feel, not fell

  14. Mixis says:

    Lots of fluids and I personally try to sweat it out.

  15. Baughbe says:

    BethR is right, If you are not getting better already, see the doc. (and not the campus docs either) Pneumonia is not a pleasant thing and can develop from extended illness. We all very selfishly want you well and back.

  16. Alanek says:

    when boiling water for steam, try boiling chamomile in the pot with it. not a teabag, some of the actual herb.

  17. drmike says:

    Feeling any better? Gotta admit that I agree with BethR up there and suggest visiting your doctor or clinic.

  18. dr pepper says:

    Tea is good for overall discomfort. For serious congestion, headache, cough, etc. i take the usual. But mostly, it’s warmth. Hot showers, long soaks in the tub, more blankets than i’d normally use, and an extra layer of clothing when i go out. The goal is to be so warm that my forhead feels cool and clammy by contrast. That has always done the trick in the past, but the last 2 flues i had were really tough. In fact the last one came back after i thought it was all gone.

  19. Raven Gold says:

    lots of O.J. to help fight the cold itself and whever non-perscription medication helps with the various symptoms.

  20. xXDarkWolfXx says:

    I pray for either a quick resolution or a painless death, when i get sick it hits me like a bullet train hitting a fly