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My Sickness Survey

I have been out of things for a few days, fighting a cold and pretty much losing. Well, at least I think it's a cold. Headache and body aches, lots of coughing and a lasting but mild fever. Food tastes like crap, which also describes my appearance, what with coughing up phlegm and picking out eye boogers. Nasty stuff.

I've had this kind of thing before, and after a lot of fluids and rest it always goes away, so I try not to make a big deal about it. The funny thing is, this kind of cold can linger around for a couple weeks and generally lowers my IQ to the level of a Ron Paul supporter, and makes me about as appealing in person as Rosie O'Donnell. Not that I want something more serious, but at least your garden variety virus has the good grace to come in, whack you for a day or two, then go off to make someone else miserable.

So my question for you all today, is whether you have to go through these kinds of colds, and if so, whether you feel about them the way I do. And what, if anything, makes you feel human again while you are going through this mess?


Comments (36)

> is whether you have to... (Below threshold)
Arthur:

> is whether you have to go through these kinds of colds, and if so, whether you feel about them the way I do. And what, if anything, makes you feel human again while you are going through this mess?

I have those kinds of colds. Probably twice a year. They linger and they don't end cleanly - just fade away slowly with a legacy of phlegm. It pisses me off.
I try to get a lot of sleep during the worst of it and just endure it afterwards.

A long, hot shower works wo... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

A long, hot shower works wonders--gets that icky sick feeling off you. Follow that up with some green tea with lemon and honey.

DJ,Sounds like bro... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

DJ,

Sounds like bronchitis.

I haven't been sick since last Labor Day weekend when some virus ambushed me on Friday and completely destoyed me for four days.

I've always found that once you feel well enough to be up and around...take a warm shower, 1 buprofen, stretch, and take about a quarter mile to two mile walk.

For me personally this usually goes far to help me get the stagnation out of my system, and a little earned prespiration feels good, perhaps purging. On a nice day like today, it also goes far to help my attitude.

I forgot to add that I hope... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

I forgot to add that I hope you feel better :)

D.J., Hope you get... (Below threshold)
Chip:

D.J.,

Hope you get to feeling better. In the meantime, what every doctor has always told me; Drink LOTS of clear liquids even when your not thirsty, and PLENTY of rest. If your throat starts bothering you from all the coughing try either honey or butterscotch candy. Try eating dry toast when you think you can, and last but not least unplug every electronic communications device in your home(no need for added stress). Seems you just have to endure and let it run it's course.

Take it easy my friend.

Nyquil: I guzzle the stuff ... (Below threshold)
David:

Nyquil: I guzzle the stuff to make all the nasty fluid drippage go away, and the alcohol knocks me on my a**. Then I sleep as much as possible.

I have found that if I can'... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

I have found that if I can't just sleep it off then getting up and outside followed by a hot shower usually makes me feel somewhat normal again. But don't overdo it because then the illness can strike back even worse then before.

So my question for you a... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

So my question for you all today, is whether you have to go through these kinds of colds, and if so, whether you feel about them the way I do. And what, if anything, makes you feel human again while you are going through this mess?

Oh man, colds are hell.

Japanese food, especially miso soup, is my preferred method for battling evil colds. Also, I am a big fan of Airborne, even though it might only be a psychosemantic cure. Hot tea is the final key to victory. All three in unison ensure success against the nasty regime of the repressive dictator known as LA GRIPA.

So my question for you a... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

So my question for you all today, is whether you have to go through these kinds of colds, and if so, whether you feel about them the way I do. And what, if anything, makes you feel human again while you are going through this mess?

Oh man, colds are hell.

Japanese food, especially miso soup, is my preferred method for battling evil colds. Also, I am a big fan of Airborne, even though it might only be a psychosomantic cure. Hot tea is the final key to victory. All three in unison ensure success against the nasty regime of the repressive dictator known as LA GRIPA.

damn. my lame spelling of ... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

damn. my lame spelling of psychosomantic went through before I could catch it. but maybe i just invented a new word...

grrrr.psychosom... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

grrrr.

psychosomatic.

edit edit edit.

The average Ron Paul suppor... (Below threshold)
gabe harris:

The average Ron Paul supporter has an IQ of 124....quite a bit higher than your average idiot who surveys blog readers about there past colds and flus.

A hot pastrami sandwich was... (Below threshold)

A hot pastrami sandwich washed down with an ice cold beer -- works wonders on a cold.

"I have been out of things ... (Below threshold)
Darby:

"I have been out of things for a few days, fighting a cold and pretty much losing. Well, at least I think it's a cold. Headache and body aches, lots of coughing and a lasting but mild fever. Food tastes like crap, which also describes my appearance, what with coughing up phlegm and picking out eye boogers. Nasty stuff."

Sounds like all the symptoms of a mild influenza

gabe, what's the IQ of peop... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

gabe, what's the IQ of people who don't know the proper usage of "there" vs. "their"?

Hey Gabe,What did ... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Hey Gabe,

What did you do, poll all 10 of them yourself?

Mucinex does wonders for me... (Below threshold)
Brian The Adequate:

Mucinex does wonders for me in clearing out the phlegm for the kind of cold you describe.

Also (though it goes against all the SHOULDS of my scientific training to recomend a homeopathic compound) Zicam does seem to prevent the garden variety colds from turning into the 2-week phlegm fest. When I take the Zicam every 4 hours while awake, 1-2 day cold, forget and it is week or two of bleah.

D-Hoggs, dang it, you beat ... (Below threshold)
The Dude Abides:

D-Hoggs, dang it, you beat me to it! Gabe Harris...your a moron.

Get it? I said "your" when it should've been "you're"! Now THAT'S funny!

Ny-Quil gel caps. And I want to believe in Zicam.

Yep, Zicam as soon as you r... (Below threshold)
NellE:

Yep, Zicam as soon as you realize you're coming down with something, and I use it every few hours for at least 3 days. Keep warm if it's winter, even turning up the thermastat a degree or two at night. I've heard viruses prefer a lower than normal body temp. And my latest discovery is olive leaf extract. It's supposed to be able to kill viruses and bacteria, and it's cheap enough to give it a try.
Hope you're feeling better.

DJ-NyQuil I use to... (Below threshold)
Rory:

DJ-

NyQuil I use to love that stuff until some bad news came out about it and I tried to go one cold without it-that cold lasted about half as long as normal-my colds use to drag on for weeks.

I talked about this with a doctor and he said well NyQuil is a cough supressant and your body wants to get that stuff up and out. the thing to do is drink lots of liquids which thins it and to use a cough EXPECTORANT.

Now consider that my talk with this doc was "free"...

Heh.

Anyways-now this one will really cure you-if it doesn't work you have something reallly,/i. bad....

My Grandmother would swear by this...

You get my Uncle Charlie's[ the guy who got his ear skated off-don't worry they sewed it back on but he can flap it like a dog] used dirty hockey SOCK and tie it around your neck.

has cured every kid in my family except when they had pneumonia.

Something about this "cure" will get you up and out of bed and back to work in no time....


I think Gabe Harris was con... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

I think Gabe Harris was confused. He gave the cumulative IQ of Pual supporters, while DJ was talking about their average IQ.

But seriously, Zicam has been the ticket for me. I haven't had a "bad" cold in years since I started using it.

Go to the Doc-in-a-box and ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Go to the Doc-in-a-box and get a Z-pack.
Drink as much water or fluids of choice as you can stand and eat antihistamines with a vengance.
Sinus infection or Bronchitus can cause the symptoms you've described.

Get well.

Oh, Gabe FYI: The average Ron Paul supporter is embarrased to admit it after that gaff last night.

Bunyan:I believe y... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Bunyan:

I believe you have to take Zicam prior to having a cold to reduce its duration. (I'd confirm that, but zicam.com is dogging its connection.)

DJ:
I would ignore anyone (no offense, kids) who tells you to take a long walk. Unless, of course, pneumonia is your goal.

Lee:

Lay off the pastrami and beer. (And you know why.)

D.J.I'm sorry that... (Below threshold)
kevino:

D.J.

I'm sorry that you're feeling badly: I know exactly how you feel. I know exactly how you feel because I've been battling the same thing for about a week now.

What makes me feel better again this cold/flu?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing has worked.
And my SO has it worse than I do.

I hope that you get better very soon.

Are you sure it's just a co... (Below threshold)

Are you sure it's just a cold? A cold shouldn't produce a lasting fever.

Man, I feel for ya. I had a low grade virus (I guess that's what it was) for about three months once. I never went to the doctor because I got so used to feeling like crap, it felt normal. When I finally recovered is when I realized how awful it was.

All I needed was a light regimen of simple anti-biotics and I could have saved myself all that misery.

But most of the advice here is good, fluids, hot bath, tea with honey .... and rum :-)

Hey DJ,Sorry you are... (Below threshold)
carly:

Hey DJ,
Sorry you are sick and it must be bad if you're mentioning it. I hope it isn't what we had this spring that kept morphing into new symptoms. The 'monster bug' knocked us out for a month and we'd never been this sick. My husband actually went into ER for treatment! The doc told him that if you have this cold/cough combination for more than a week to get on antibiotics because it tends to cause infection of bronchials, ears, sinuses, etc. Honestly, he put on a mask before he examined him! Someone at my husband's workplace said they were told it was a variant of last year's flu. Please go in it doesn't act like a normal cold. (I'm not one to go on antibiotics, but there are times to do it.) God bless you with quick recovery.

ah DJ...no offense..but thi... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

ah DJ...no offense..but this kinda comes across as whining..you have a cold..how terrible...
May I suggest..you simply google cold remedy's.
If the biggest problem in your life right now is a COLD...then you are indeed a fortunate person..
Sorry..but with my relatives serving in the Iraq Surge..
your cold does not even register as a concern...
(remember cough in your elbow..not your hand)

Peter F -- but I can't go o... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Peter F -- but I can't go on with pastrami!

Aww you hummus, you wouldn't understand.

Lee--as I cannot live witho... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Lee--as I cannot live without my rib-eyes, chirizo fritatas and my tequila. Just bustin 'em, stentman. ;-)

I amuse myself with wonderi... (Below threshold)
kim:

I amuse myself with wondering why there is always a moment that I can always tell when I'm sick, but not when I'm well. Even though both processes are gradual, the perception of them is not.
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What the Doctor Ordered:</p... (Below threshold)
epador:

What the Doctor Ordered:

Tincture of Time
Chicken Soup
Hot Bath
Hot Toddy
Therapeutic Massage
Not necessarily in that order.

Just don't call me in the morning.

Hey nogo, I'm a blogger, yo... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Hey nogo, I'm a blogger, you know.

And they say "write what you know".

It was this, or a 2000-word essay of mucous.

Hey, just get well soon! Ma... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

Hey, just get well soon! Maybe rest...lets the body heal itself...

As someone who has had to d... (Below threshold)
KendraWilder:

As someone who has had to deal with the long-term after effects of immunosuppressant and/or chemo drugs, a weakened immune system is a challenge.

For colds or flus, etc., as soon as the first symptoms show up, I take a does of Emer'gen-C. It's a fabulous "super energy booster" fizzing drink that's packed with vitamin C in a quickly absorbed form. Plus I start sucking on Zinc lozenges. This combo helps to keep the symptoms tamped down, and mostly helps to shorten the duration of the illness.

The Emer'gen-C really does work as an energy booster as well. When I need to jump-start anything, whether a project or a boost to the rest of my day, one or two packets works great. Within 15 minutes or so I have an honest to goodness boost in energy that lasts for hours.

Also, if you get fever blisters when you have a fever, take L-Lysine, 1000 mg., daily for about a month. It is prescribed for people who have gotten them from chemo related drugs. The L-L suppresses the virus that causes them, and it really works. After that first month, or even two if you've ever had serious outbreaks, then follow up with 500 mg. twice a week for maintenance. Knock wood, I haven't had a single outbreak since I've been taking L-L.

Hope you get to feeling better soon!

Sorry..but with my relative... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Sorry..but with my relatives serving in the Iraq Surge..
your cold does not even register as a concern...
(remember cough in your elbow..not your hand)

Posted by: nogo posta


If it doesn't register nogo, why did you take the time to respond? Because you're a hypocrite at your core.

I'm going through one of th... (Below threshold)
Jim:

I'm going through one of those colds now and I hate it. I had felt great on the weekend -- on Sunday was up and down a ladder cleaning out my rain gutters and then spent a lot of time preparing my vegetable garden and doing other outdoor chores. I expected to be a bit stiff on Monday -- but instead of a few aches and pains, I felt as if I had been run over. I ached everywhere, had a lowgrade fever, sore throat, cough...

Have been taking aspirin, vitamin C, and zinc -- drinking fluids -- not working out or going for a run or a bike ride. It will pass in another day or so but at the cost of some poor sleep due to coughing, lack of accomplishment in terms of garden work since the weekend, etc.




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