Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I threw in the towel this morning and actually stayed home. I've been sick for 3 days and I dragged my sorry sinuses up and down 6000 feet on 2 of those days, ears alternately plugging and popping until last night it was so bad, I had vertigo trying to walk up my porch stairs and nearly fell on my face. Not good. When I woke this morning and considered descending from on high once again -- I was seriously afraid my head might explode! So, I did what I rarely do and canceled the day. My kids missed their classes and I felt lousy about that, but it was also pouring rain and frankly, the combination of searing sinus pain and potential hydroplaning might not have been the best parenting strategy either.
dark chocolate! Yup! Theobromine, something dark chocolate apparently has in abundance, is the kicker. Before long, no doubt, some greedy corporation will figure out a way to extract the theobromine and insert it into some nasty cough syrup and then slap a ridiculous price tag on the stuff. Apparently though, just eating a square or so of dark chocolate works beautifully. Today, I've decided to test the theory. I don't know if it's some sort of placebo effect or if it really has true medicinal value -- but so far, it's working. Each time I start to cough -- and I'm known for some seriously horrendous, rib cracking, coughing fits -- I nibble a square of my "medicine" and the coughing eases. The effect tends to last about 4-5 hours. It's early though and the jury's still out. Once the post-cold cough sets in, we'll see.
I'm the perfect test subject for this because my colds follow a very predictably unpleasant course. Generally, I'm sick with the actual cold (sore throat, congestion, general misery) for about a week and then it becomes a cough and I cough myself silly for upwards of a month, sometimes two. It's ridiculous. Every year I hear the same thing -- "You still coughing???" "Um, yes..." "You better go see a doctor about that!" "Gee thanks, I'll get right on that." Sarcastic, yes... but seriously, all the doctor ever says is rest, and that does nothing. The only thing that ever touches my coughs is seriously narcotic-type cough medicine -- and my doctor is just not often willing to dispense that sort of thing. I'm also not that willing to take it since it knocks me senseless and as I'm pretty much the sole source of child care, that just doesn't fly.
Dark chocolate squares though, don't knock me out and are basically fabulous. If I walk away from this cold without my usual 40 days and nights of wracking cough -- I'll be a true believer! Now I just have to find a way to hide my new medicine away from the grubby paws of my greedy kiddos!
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