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26 February 2011 @ 05:25 pm
[Poll] Pathos  
In this house, we have been sick so often, for so long, that I have actually grown weary of writing the words "I am sick." We are personally responsible for a worldwide tissue shortage and have cornered the market on throat lozenges and self-pity.

But I notice I'm not alone. My friends list appears to be unusually unwell, too. (Not my fault, guys. You can't catch these viruses via the internets.) So. A poll. To entertain us all as we sneeze and reach for the antipyretics.

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narikalen on February 27th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
I also consume vast amounts of greens+ or spirulina or some sort of green tablets.... If they're capsules, I open them and just swallow the inside liquid/powder to sooth a sore throat. Or, if it's not, I melt it in warm milk to sooth a sore throat...
cattrainecattraine on February 27th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
A small suggestion--change your toothbrushes and bathroom cups, etc. Germs linger.
lacking in glittertawg on February 27th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
In treating a cold, the most important thing is sleep and fluids. I normally crash for about 12 hours straight when the cold is at it's peak, and then I'll spend the next week napping with all of my free time. I wasn't able to do this when I was studying, and so my colds would drag on and on. Now they're over in about ten days. I also drink a lot of tea with honey when I think I'm getting sick, to soothe my throat.
joyce: beaglesjoyce on February 27th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
I am allergic to Dayquil and Nyquil, and most OTC cold stuff has dire warnings about taking them if you have thyroid issues. I seem to be able to take sudafed without issue, and that's about it.

Lots of showers. Lots of bitching. Lots and lots of hot tea, and sleeping whenever I can.

Luckily, I teach college, so I can sleep more than the average bear during the day (however, I don't get sick days). Unluckily, I teach college, and thus come into contact with every germ under the sun. Luckily, I'm only teaching online at the community college this semester (and thus, only teaching face-to-face at the university), so the percentage of my students with kids is lower, so it's only the germs under the sun, and not the moon too. Unluckily, it warmed up here (all hail the sun! I hate snow). Normally, I would regard warm as good (see also, hate snow), but it warmed up enough that everything is already blooming.

I have spent a large part of 2011 coughing, hacking, wheezing, excusing myself from class to get more water, and apologizing to my classes for my lack of volume. However, today, I can breathe, and it is a blessed thing.

You have my utmost sympathies.
bleedtobluebleedtoblue on February 27th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
I had three kids and taught grade school. If there's a germ for it, I've had it. Now I'm immune.
neetsnev_longbottom on February 27th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
There are two things I'm really, really in love with because I get LOADS of sinus infections/ENT fail shit.

Oil pulling and apple cider vinegar.

Apple Cider vinegar is magic. My roommate and I got sick at the same time. I've been runing around healthy as fuck thought slightly congested and he's been looking like death. What's my secret? I take around 4 tablespoons of applecider vinegar a day when I'm sick. It's amazing. It decongests you like in a few minutes time and has all these vitamins to super-strengthen the immune system. Most people mix it with a couple gallons of water and sip all day. Other mix it with a cup of water and just chug through it.

I hate the water system so I do a shotglass of it in the morning and evening. Works great but you have to keep it up. WARNING the shotglass system is very hard on an empty stomache.

Oil pulling is super gross but awesome.
jrprongs: part of the problemjrprongs on February 27th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
Dare I ask what "oil pulling" is? I don't get sick very often, but I tend to go into Florence Nightingale mode when others are (and for being a grumpy bitch, I have a surprisingly decent bedside manner. My mother was shocked.) and I like to collect alternative medicine cures.
neetsnev_longbottom on February 27th, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
I use it for sinus infection? Four hours after your last food intake, one hour after you last drank water, you take a tablespoon of oil and slush it around in your mouth. DO NOT GARGLE, just swish it between your feet for 15-30 minutes. What happens is all the infected mucus in your throat gets drawn into your mouth and is mixed into the oil when you push in in and out of your teeth. After the 15 minutes you spit the stuff out into a toilet and rinse your mouth. Brush your teeth, and gargle with mouthwash. It instantly decongests and draws off enough infection for the human body to fight it off what is left on it's own.

So, gross if you think about it but if you do it while watching TV and trying not to think about anything, it's magical.
Hollyhollyxu on February 27th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
My virology prof always said, "Colds last seven days if you don't medicate, and if you do, they last a week."

He also recommends getting rid of any and all children in the approximate vicinity - they spread germs. (Ahhh, fond memories of that class linger.)
Cimorene: then i'll market an elixirminkhollow on February 27th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
In addition to my poll answers: I find orange juice soothing when I have a sore throat.
Rhi: teapotgryphonrhi on February 27th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
I'm a great proponent of fruit juice popsicles -- Vit C, cold enough to make my throat happier, and I have to take them slowly enough I can't make myself sick with them if my stomach's unhappy. This set of votes brought to you by a 3 day cold that set off a fibro flare-up, leaving me with no drainage, a cough that would not motherfucking stop, and a 101 fever for no good god damn reason. Thank god for steroid dose packs.
JackieKjonojackiekjono on February 27th, 2011 07:40 am (UTC)
If I feel a cold coming on, I make up some throat coat tea and pour about a finger deep of anisette into the cup. I drink it down and go to be wrapped up in my warmest sweatiest comforter and sweat the bastard out.
delectable tea, or deadly poison?: [misc] tea is my anti-woegenarti on February 28th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
I alternate between tea (sometimes regular tea, sometimes peppermint) and hot lemon-and-honey. To make the latter, I do the following:

1) Get my trusty green mug. It is iridescent and handleless and pretty, and also a good size for this. Any glass that holds hot liquid will work, though.

2) Squeeze in a lot of honey. No, more than that. I never measure, but it's probably at least a quarter of a cup.

3) Pour in a good splash of boiling water. Stir until the honey's all dissolved.

4) Optional: add a spoonful of pureed ginger, or a good dose of powdered ginger. You don't have to, but I like the kick sometimes.

5) Pour in a heavy splash of lemon juice. Again, I don't measure, but it's probably about equal to the honey? You can do more or less to taste.

6) Top it off with boiling water until the mug is full, or until it's as watery as you want it.

The goal here is to get vitamin C from the lemon, throat-coating from the honey, heat and steam from the hot water, and the lemon and honey both strong enough to cut the sweetness/sourness of the other. It's like hot cough syrup, only actually tasty! I have heard of people putting in a splash of whiskey, too, but I never do.
emgeetrekemgeetrek on February 28th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
I attribute my good health to minimal contact with children, work that does not require prolonged close-quarters contact with others, the immune-boosting properties of regular massage, and hand washing.

My annual average for viral infections is 1, and I've not hit my average yet this season. When I do have a cold, my favorite remedies are spicy food (hot and sour soup works especially well) and Mucinex. My body doesn't like decongestants, and I'll only take a cough suppressant if I'm coughing so violently that I can't sleep.
lipsum on March 1st, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
I get sick every February; it's because of the eucalyptus pollen.

In addition to the profound bouts of self-pity, sometimes I have an actual fever-induced episode of paranoia, which is always hilarious in retrospect.