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(cough, cough)

I am becoming suspicious that I have a cold.

Last night involved far too much tossing and turning and coughing, and I feel my upper respiratory system is in jeopardy. I am currently dosed to the gills with benadryl for the nasal drippies and mucinex for the coughing. I don't like the drugginess that comes from these two, but if it's keeping me able to coexist peacefully in the cubefarm, it's a lesser-of-weevils thing.

I feel like my head is stuffed with clown-based cabbage.

Downside is no exercise for me.

Got the DVD final burned and a few copies off to Casa de Bruno on Saturday, complete with a mockup DVD cover that was more silly than anything ("You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can't wipe your friends on the couch" and "tastes like chicken" were some of the admonishments). The cover was a hit, and resulted in not insignificant laughter. Then there was the rum, which caused my downfall on Sunday.

The good bit about this is that since I'm now done with the DVD, I can focus on the facade again, along with cleaning and taxes and paying bills. I'm pretty much at the point of breaking each piece down into its individual construction components so I know how much I have to get in materials, though I'm not quite able to outright buy it yet.

Sunday was pretty much a wash. I stayed in bed most of the day, finally creepy-crawling my way out in the afternoon to join the Geek Prom crowd enough to actually be semi-useful in a thinky way (not so much with the power tools, though mle292 proved more than capable in that regard.

For some reason I'm feeling closely associated with drama but not actually being affected by or responsible for it. Nothing I can put my finger on specifically, just a feeling, like people moving behind a curtain.

Gah. I wish I were in bed sleeping.


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Feb. 12th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
For actual treatment of cold, not treatment of symptoms: echinacea, echinacea, echinacea. If you can get tincture, that's the best, but even the capsules you can get at the grocery store or Target will work. The catch is that you've got to take enough of it frequently enough: 400 mg every hour, in capsule form, or 60 drops of tincture every 2 to 3 hours.

Peppermint tea will help with the nasal congestion and make you feel like there's more room in your sinuses. Sniff the steam as you drink it. Don't drink more than 3 cups a day. If you can get peppermint oil, mix it with a little Vaseline or unscented massage oil and rub it into your temples so that you're continuously smelling it (this is not a good idea if the inside of your nose is feeling raw and irritated from the drippies and sneezing).

Raw garlic is anti-microbial in nature, and some of the active ingredients are eliminated through the lungs, putting them in just the right place. Cooking it negates the benefits, so you either want to eat at least 1 raw clove a day, or take capsules that give 4,000 to 5,000 micrograms of allicin.
Feb. 12th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks!

Yeah, the inside of my nose and back of my throat are feeling like they've been sanded. It's been ongoing for a few days now, but today's the worst.

I'm gonna go make some tea.
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
In that case, do be careful with the peppermint sniffing. :) The tea shouldn't give you too much of a problem, but the more undiluted the oil is, the more likely it'll irritate already-irritated mucuous membranes, like the lining of the nose.

You can also use ginger - it's anti-inflammatory and analgesic, and also makes you feel warmer and helps you cough up shit. I'd be careful with it if your throat is already irritated; the best form might be fresh root grated up and put into food. You can also take a ginger bath, and it'll absorb through your skin: add up to 1/4 cup of powdered root (the little green generic spices you can get at Cub work just fine) to comfortably warm water and soak for no longer than 30 minutes. If you're running any hint of a fever whatsoever, cut that time down to no more than 20 minutes.
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I don't have a bathtub that's actually useful for bathing until I remodel the bathrooms. The previous owner of the house was either incredibly short or didn't consider bathing to be a necessity. Food is more likely-- I'll probably do some soup. Chicken ginger?

If I have the energy, I'll get some supplies tonight on the way home.
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)

The soup should work fine. :) If your throat starts feeling worse, back off and drink some tea with honey in it to soothe it down and wash off the residual spice. Dosage should be a tsp. of fresh root per day, or 1/2 tsp. of the dried, powdered spice.
Feb. 12th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
drink lots of water.
sleep and, for fuck sake, lay off the booze.
it's an immune system killer.

I'll tuck you in, Marmolad.
Feb. 12th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
But alcohol kills germs...

Never fear, I'm not touching the rum again for a while-- at least until I feel better.
Feb. 13th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
I was going to say...take off your pants and let me suck out the poison.
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
I have one too...
See what happens!? I TOLD YOU no TONGUE!!

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