Feb 06 2008


I have a cold. Grr.

I can’t remember the last time I was sick. I think it’s been well over a year, so I guess it’s my turn again.

Time to use those stocked-up CVS/Walgreens/Rite Aid meds!

I’m going to attempt to get rid of this thing the "frugal" way (more like the "I don’t want to go to the doctor unless I absolutely have to" way).

  • I’ve been taking Zucol (I think that’s what they’re called?), which are supposed to help shorten the intensity/duration of a cold
  • I’ve been getting extra sleep and I’m taking it a little easier
  • I’ve been drinking hot tea, which feels great on my throat
  • I’m also drinking plenty of water (as I usually do) to keep those fluids moving
  • Happily, chicken soup was already on my menu for the week. It really does make you feel better!
  • I’m going to let it run its course if at all possible

I really hope my husband doesn’t catch whatever I’ve got.  I’m going to wash our bedding a little sooner than scheduled, and wipe down doorknobs and other possibly germy surfaces.

If I’m not better by the end of next week, I’ll call my doctor. I hope it doesn’t come to that, though. I don’t like sitting in waiting rooms, getting whatever germs sick people have left behind, or anything about it, really. Well, except for the part where they can help you get better. I like that. heh.

Also, Wise Bread has a post on frugal cold fighters.

What do you like to do when you catch a cold?


4 Responses to “Achoo!”

  1. We LOVE Umka Cold Care. This knocks it out in three day WITHOUT FAIL. I wait for a sale and then stock up. We take it at the first sign of a cold and give it to the kids first sign of a cold (ages 6yr and up). For the sore throat, I really like Honey Loquat. I put a Tbsp in hot water for my “tea” and it really helps. :) Sorry you are feeling sick and hope you are better in no time. :)

  2. Honey and Whiskey. Yum :)

  3. I find gargling with salt water really soothing. Also, fruit smoothies (no dairy) can be good.

  4. I am just like you, I try to fight the cold on my own at first. I’ve gone to the doctors too many times & had them say its allergies or viral & it has to run its course.

    When I get sick now, it’s difficult because I am a nursing mom – so I really have to stick to simple stuff – sleep, hot tea & vitamins.

    Hope you feel better!

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