I seem to have the annual tradition of getting a horrible cold. It starts in my head, where I feel kind of "odd" for a few hours, then the congestion hits, and I start sneezing, coughing, and blowing my nose a lot. And then it gets worse.
Back in 1995, when I was pregnant with my third child, I got really sick. I tend to avoid doctors as much as possible, but when it reached the point where every breath was so painful I wanted to cry, I went in. Turns out I had pneumonia AND pleurisy. Not a fun combination. I am pretty sure that's when this cold thing became an annual beginning-of-summer/change-of-weather tradition. And because of that, it always ends up being a horrible chest cold.
In my experience, this thing always lasts at least 2 weeks and often 3, and I spend several days coughing so much that I think one of my lungs will finally come up my throat. Sometimes I do cough enough to throw up. I go through a LOT of tissues. I start stealing and hoarding all the pillows I can find, so I can try to make myself a recliner in bed with which to sleep propped up. I dose myself with Nyquil so I can actually get some sleep.
I'm now to the stage where the glands in my neck are swollen and painful, and I can feel the congestion settling into my lungs. I'm really hoping this time around I can beat it, but we shall see. I'm trying to take vitamins/herbs/supplements to counteract this nemesis, but I'm also pretty forgetful. Some of the things I have been, or should be taking or using are as follows:
- Colloidal silver. You can buy this at many places, but we actually make our own. It's pretty awesome stuff.
- Vitamin C. I was completely out and just bought some more yesterday, so now I have to remember to take megadoses of this wonderful vitamin.
- Immune supporting herb combination capsules. I had a couple different brands of these, but they contain things like echinacea, goldenseal, myrrh, and other stuff that I can't remember right now.
- Herbal teas, made with things like yarrow, mullein, rabbit tobacco, mint, and whatever else I feel like adding to the mix. Most of these are herbs that I wild harvested and dried myself!
- Garlic. Like, a half a head of garlic to a pint of soup. Yum!
- Broth. Good, homemade broth, from whatever animal I've recently eaten; chicken, pheasant, goat. I like to add onion, garlic, and ginger to the broth.
- Congestion rub. Something like Vick's, but without all the nasty petroleum stuff in it. I found a recipe online, and made some myself. My husband said it needed to smell like eucalyptus, though, to be "real", so I added some essential oils to the finished product.
I'm sure there are other things I could be doing, but I can't remember any of them right now. Oh yeah, SLEEP! I should be doing a lot more of that! Like, right now, in fact.
Please add to my list in the comment section. Maybe I'll actually try some of them!