So yesterday I was feeling a little icky. Mainly just tired and cranky. I just wrote it off to a case of the Sundays. Then, this morning, I woke up at 3 a.m. with the congestion, itchy throat and headache characteristic of a cold.
I actually dreamed I was getting sick. In my dream, I was parched and I couldn’t breath and I desperately needed to blow my nose. I was actually sort of relieved when I woke up and all I had was a weenie little head cold.
Not ebola. Not AIDS. Just a cold.
BUT quite possibly the most poorly-timed cold OF MY ENTIRE LIFE. It’s not even worth speculation on how I might have contracted said cold. I ran Thursday, Friday and Saturday in fairly nipply conditions and then drank a lot of beer outdoors by a fire on Saturday night.
In short, I forgot to check myself before I wrecked myself.
Now, for our discussion on treatment options, I think it’s important to note I believe that echinacea is pretty much a ripoff. In my expert medical opinion, it may have some cumulative, long-term benefits, but as far as popping a couple pills after you’ve already got the ick, you might as well treat it with a regimen of rice krispy treats, for all the good it’s going to do.
That said, I’ll be taking echinacea by the fistful all week, along with some supplemental junk my husband steals from his office that is packed with astragalus, elderberry, goldenseal, vitamin C, ligustrum and zinc. And of course I’ll be loading up on the spinach/kale shakes, OJ and green tea. I may even go nuts and take some cold medicine.