Down with the sickness

January 23, 2012

Day 22

“Hey you aren’t sick are you?” Right after I responded “no” a felt a slight tingle in the back of my throat. It was as if my body knew something my mind didn’t and it was trying to answer the question correctly. Phhh what does my body know. That night the tingle in my throat felt less like a tickle and more like I swallowed a sandpaper gum ball. I’ve heard that by the time you feel the symptoms of sickness it is too late to do anything. That however did not stop me from trying. Inconveniently I was house sitting so I did have access to my regular remedies. As I scrounged through my friend’s house I finally found their sick stash (cold antidotes… not secret stash of fireworks or anything). I didn’t know what some of their vitamins were so I looked them up online and took them as long as they weren’t detrimental to my cause. Then I found some throat coat tea and mixed it with some other wellness tea. I also finished off their jug of orange juice. I will not be defeated.

The next morning I followed the same routine. My throat was a little sore, but I didn’t have a direct hit. It felt like my body was fighting hard. I was on a sick/healthy teeter-totter. As the day progressed my throat cleared up and I was feeling like I had won. I was so confident that I took my puppy on a little walk in the afternoon. It was a little chilly out, but I was bundled up so I figured I was safe.

Later at work I went ahead and had some more sickness tea just to cover my bases. I believed that my strategy had worked and I had over come the bacteria trying to infiltrate my system.  Since I was no long sick I had no problem dancing at The Rooster Party (an art party put on at my local church). If you live in town this is definitely worth attending.

rooster partier

That evening I felt another little throat tickle. How could this be possible? I had conquered these dumb pathogens (bad bacteria). So I go through the regimen again: oj, tea, vitamins. I wake up at 8am and the war was lost. My throat burned like I had swallowed a cactus and I felt like my pillow was taking revenge by gaining 20 pounds and laying on my face. Why is everything so blurry? Where did I go wrong?

So if anyone has any advice or cures for a sore throat and cold let me know. Today I’ve been able to lay around at home all day, but tomorrow I prefer not to face the work week feeling like POW. Damn you virus!

In my misery I did make amazing blueberry buttermilk pancakes. Here is the recipe.

could they be more perfect…

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