Have you ever woken up to find that your throat has swollen to half its diameter and feels like it has bruises all the way down?
Hello. Join the club.
I know sore throats intimately. As a child who was anything but immune to strep throat and a college student who got not one, not two, not three, but FIVE (count em!) colds — and a sinus infection — during the course of her freshman year, I know colds. I know it’s not the worst thing that could happen, but I’m unwilling to let it slow me down.
There are people to see and things to do. I haven’t had a cold since last spring break, and I’m not gonna break my streak. I have room in my schedule for sleep, healthy eating, non-antibacterial natural soaps, down time to knit and enjoy my family, but I do not and will not have room for a cold.
I passionately hate drainage.
So, I’m doing everything I can to get rid of this beast. I woke up only an hour and a half ago, but here’s what I’ve done so far:
– taken my multi-vitamin
– drank apple juice, water, iced coffee, orange juice, and eaten a piece of toast
– taken mucinex
– gargled apple cider vinegar and warm water… twice. This sounds gross, and it is a little gross, but it has proven to be effective in the past. Reader’s Digest says that germs can’t survive in the acidic environment the vinegar creates. mwahahaha (Instructions: ¼ cup warm water, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar in a cup and gargle a little bit every hour)
– swallowed some coconut oil, about a spoonful or whatever you can handle (this was actually nasty. I gagged because the texture is like chapstick, but if you swallow it with some good-tasting liquid, it’ll be much better. Supposedly it gets rid of mucus.)
And in 45 minutes, it’ll be time to gargle again. And we’ll be getting some Emergen-C later.
I’ll report back tomorrow and let you know if it worked. I have full confidence in these techniques.
Because ain’t nobody got time for a cold.