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Cold Prevention

May 24, 2019

A sickness has descended upon the Fussy household. First it came for my son, who after a day of being listless in the bed, was able to get back into the hustle of daily life. Then it came for Mrs. Fussy, who is tough as nails, and it knocked her out too. She’s still recovering, but might recover faster if she knew how to take it easy.

Now I fear it is coming for me. On the cusp of a beautiful long weekend to boot. Well, maybe not that beautiful. It’s supposed to rain on Saturday. But I’ve got work to do. Not necessarily Yelp work, but house work. Because before we can sell our home, we’ve got to make it ship shape.

I’ve already postponed my trip down to the city for this weekend, so I don’t get anyone else sick. And I’m struggling to balance getting things crossed off my to do list before I succumb to the bug, versus getting more sleep and building up my body’s defenses.

While I may not be as tough as Mrs. Fussy, I’m a fighter. My plan is to fight this thing tooth and nail. Today, I want to share my plan, and maybe you can help supplement my efforts.

Last night I felt the first tickle in my throat. So I immediately tried to kill it with raw apple cider vinegar. Straight. No chaser. No sweetener. Just a shot glass and my bottle of Bragg’s.

Water. Lots, and lots of water. If the acid doesn’t kill it, maybe I can drown it.

This morning was a spicy ramp breakfast toast, which added some mustard powder and hot pepper flakes to the mix. If I can’t drown it, maybe I can burn it out.

Ginger tea? Why the heck not. With its peppery bite and hydrating potential, it’s invigorating, soothing, and hopefully curative. So I can’t drink enough of the stuff.

Fruit! Let’s get some vitamins going. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. If that’s true, I wonder what three apples a day might accomplish? I combine those with a few walnuts to soften the sugar spike and throw a few omega-3s into the mix.

Chicken soup! It’s Jewish penicillin. I’ve had some of that already with this crazy product I bought at Whole Foods which is somewhere in between rice and pasta, but it’s made with lentils. That makes it packed with fiber. If I can’t kill, drown, or burn this bug, maybe I can physically evacuate it from my body. Thank you lentils!

What have I not tried yet?

Maybe I need some kimchi. I mean, obviously I need some kimchi. But let’s call that my afternoon snack. Probiotics, hot peppers, and fiber rolled into a tasty vegetable snack. What’s not to love.

Perhaps some of this is hubris, because I thought I wasn’t going to get sick. After all, I’m on 50,000 IUs of vitamin D. If that doesn’t boost the immunity, I don’t know what will? But I’m hoping there is something, because the Advil is wearing off, and I’d prefer not to turn into a bed puddle.

So your thoughts are very welcome indeed.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2019 4:06 pm

    Pho has the same effect as chicken soup, as long as you eat it very hot and ladle in lots of jalapeños. I’m assuming you are too sick to make it up to Saigon Spring so you will have to eat it the farang way, without tripe and tendon.

  2. m. dave. permalink
    May 24, 2019 8:56 pm

    For a cold I do honey, instant coffee, and milk (my grampa added scotch, but he was made of granite) warmed in a pot. I have no idea if this works, and I suppose it probably just makes things worse…

  3. Pam Considine permalink
    May 25, 2019 2:24 am

    Daniel, I hope you’re feeling better and haven’t been seized by this bug. When I feel one coming on, I usually hit the orange juice, tea with honey & lemon, and other vitamin C supplements. Chicken soup is always a good idea. If it does wind up hitting me, though, I think that Alka-Seltzer Plus (store brands work just as well) helps me feel better quickly. There are different formulas, depending on your symptoms. But I do recommend you give it a try! It often made the difference between me going to work, or calling in sick. You can put the tablets in orange juice, increasing the vitamin C effect.


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