The old enemy! The common cold!

I know we’ve all had the cold stuff and some of us have had the flu stuff. Some of us have had it more than once. Why is that? Why after all this time, can’t they cure the common cold?

I know when one’s coming. You get that *funny feeling* in your throat. It doesn’t hurt but it’s there lurking. I always shout “GO AWAY! I’M NOT GETTING SICK AND YOU’RE NOT GETTING IN ME!!!” Of course that doesn’t work.

I really do believe that there’s nothing you can do. There are things that can comfort you and make you feel better but I really do believe that a cold is 3 days coming, 3 days there and 3 days leaving. That’s what my grandma used to say and I think it’s pretty true. It sneaks up on you and then hits you and then takes its sweet time leaving. I have noticed now that I’m not smoking, colds don’t hit me nearly as hard nor do I cough like my lungs are going to be coming up soon either.

I always use Vick’s. I use a q-tip and put it in my nose and I rub it on my chest. I eat Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup and drink 7-Up. I use Hall’s cherry or triple berry cough drops.

What do you do to ward off that ol’ cold? Do you do what your mom did for you or do you try all those medications that are “sure-fire ways” to ward it off or do you just let it run it’s course? I know people who always say take “this and this” and their colds last as long as mine so I’m pretty convinced there’s nothing you can do but try to be comfortable.

I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw this photo. Wouldn’t this be the neatest thing on some of *those* days??? LOL!!

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28 Responses to The old enemy! The common cold!

  1. LVISS says:

    Having hot chicken soup is one of the oldest treatment . A search 0n “chicken soup and cold” may give some interesting info. However it is a cold fact that cold cannot be got rid of easily I have it 369 days in a year .

  2. Jenny says:

    We’ve been very lucky this winter with not having the cold. Hunter and I have had it once, Jason not yet…hopefully! If I feel something coming on I usually double the Vitamin C, even Hunter gets it when he has a cold. Vicks on the chest, back & toes. Why toes? Because the tips of your toes are where your sinuses are if you’re thinking reflexology. Lots of fluids. I LOVE those Kleenex that have the smell of Vicks. Oh yea and a humidifier in Hunter’s room if he has a cold.

    • Jenny says:

      Thought of another one… I turn the shower on all the way to hot, shut the door let it run for about 10 min. Then I go in there and breathe all the steam. Helps you breath and it opens your sinuses.

    • Joy says:

      Yes, that hot steam really does help. I like doing that too. You can also use a tea kettle for that and just put a towel over yourself and it’s like a steam bath.

  3. Sue says:

    I have started using the Airborne stuff when I feel a cold coming on, and I have to say, I think it helps a lot. I also eat grapefruit a lot and that has helped me save on the colds per year. I haven’t used Vicks in forever, but I think it helps. Otherwise it’s lots of fluids and rest and hand washing! “Hand washing is the single most important means to prevent the spread of infection.”

    • Sue says:

      I also use the OTC Claritin instead of Sudafed or another cold medicine. The pharmacist told me once that it’s the best for colds b/c it dries you up and it really does work well once it kicks in. We need to find a humidifier, but it’s like they’re ‘out of season’ or something b/c the selection is zero!

      • Laura says:

        We tried buying Claritin. Dad-gum, you’d think we were trying to buy Plutonium!!! Steve has wicked hay-fever which lasts half the year, and we get colds around here, so we like to have it on hand. Nope. Stocking up is not allowed. We might be making meth.

        it really is rant-worthy.

        • Sue says:

          I don’t get the stuff that’s behind the counter because I don’t like the way the phedrine makes me feel. I buy the Claritin that contains loratadine that is on the shelf in the aisles outside of pharmacy. It’s the non drowsy indoor/outdoor allergies little round tablets. The big capsules don’t seem to work as well for me. That stuff you can stock up on 😉

          • Laura says:

            Yeah, they’ve put the Loratidine behind the counter, too.

            • Sue says:

              Since when?? I don’t think it is up here, but I’ll look when I go next. That’s crazy!

            • Sue says:

              So, I just got back from WalMart and the Claritin was in the aisle for all to grab. Please don’t hate me!

              • Laura says:

                I don’t hate you. It’s Iowa that’s stupid. I couldn’t believe it when they pulled ALL of the Claritin and shoved it behind the counter! I tried to get a couple boxes within like a month of each other, and they told me to get a prescription!

  4. Laura says:

    I’ve started using Zicam, and like Sue and her Airborne, I think it helps. Of course, it could all be psychosomatic…

    I also use tea with lemon and honey. If my throat is really bad, I’ll hit it with some “Throat Coat” by Traditional Medicinals. Sudafed for day, Benadryl for night, and Advil most of the time. My mom just told me that they now make Vick’s Vapo-Rub in a LOTION!!! So I might have to try that for my next cold, because egads! how I hate that greasy stuff. I know it totally works when you smear it on your chest, but gag, the sticky-ickiness of it.

    I’ve also got a vaporizer with KAZ liquid that I use for Josh if his congestion is too bad. I always forget to use it for me, though.

    I’m not a soup girl, so I rarely think to make it.

    • Joy says:

      Not a soup girl! HUH????? How can one not love soup? I live on it. I just eat a different kind when my dobber’s down.

      • Laura says:

        I do like soup, I just never think to make it. Usually, when I’m sick, I’m not motivated to make something as complicated as soup. From a can.

      • Joy says:

        LOL!! Ya, it can get complicated opening up that can!! LMAO!!! But when sick, I only have to boil the water and open the envelope. I save the can opening for when I feel good.

  5. Laura says:

    OH! And I could never use the toilet paper hat. Ever tried to blow your sore nose on toilet paper? Even the really soft stuff? You only *think* it’s soft.

  6. Ellen says:

    I use claritin and that helps indeed. Also a huminfier with te tree oil drops in the water. It smells like vicks but then softer. I do drink lots of water and try to exercise.

  7. SKL says:

    Mostly if I feel one coming on, I try to be extra healthy (eat fruits/veggies, get enough sleep), but I have no idea whether that works or not. Once I get one, mostly I just plow through it. I don’t have time for a bunch of “treatments” that don’t do much other than give me something else to clean up. If I get very congested, I will try a longer shower or breathing the steam from the water boiler (like a kettle). Certain yoga poses also help. But bottom line, life’s just gonna suck for that week or so.

    Oh, and with kids in a group daycare, I don’t even attempt to avoid getting sick. It just delays the inevitable.

  8. Nikki says:

    Oh geez…I have been in the process of writing a comment and working on the TGIF post and I accidentally closed this tab! Lets try again…

    We have been pretty lucky this season with colds and flus. Bailey got the flu shot, Jason and I did not. We have gotten the stomach flu, that was a couple months ago. Bailey just got over (hopefully for good) a stomach virus. Jason now has a cold, he’s been fighting for over a week now. I haven’t gotten a cold at all. *knock on wood*

    When I do feel an itchy or sore throat coming on, I start the hot tea with honey, Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. OJ, extra vitamin C. I go into panic-clean mode and disinfect and wash everything. That has helped I think. No one has gotten bed ridden sick, so far *knock wood a little harder* I have started drinking a cup of hot apple cider every evening and that has 100% of your daily vitamin C. Not sure if it helps, but I’d like to think it does. Plus, it’s so good and I’m addicted so it’s a win-win for me.

    I think some of these colds are almost needed, or our immune system would never be challenged. I do agree, when they go on for weeks that just gets to be too much. I need SOFT Kleenex when I have to blow my nose, it’s so sensitive. TP even the soft stuff isn’t soft enough. Bailey and I will only eat Campbell’s soup, where as Jason will only eat Lipton. Funny how things you grow up with, stick with you.

  9. Morocco says:

    Lots of lemony tea and lemony chicken soup!

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