Downward Spiral

July 12, 2006

After finally succumbing to a very fitful sleep sometime after 1 in the morning, I woke up for good at about 5:30 today. Nyquil did me no good whatsoever last night, and my sore throat has gotten bad enough that I woke up every time I swallowed. And that was in addition to waking up every time I had to cough. Oh, and I drooled a lot. Isn’t that completely insanely sexy?

In desperation I came downstairs in the dark, made a big-ass cup of warm salt water, and got on the computer to see if I could come up with a better home remedy. By the way, gargling the salt water is nearly impossible at this point – it hurts too much – so I was sipping it instead. After reading websites for a little while, I would have tried to gargle with cayenne pepper if I’d had any, but I did not. So instead I drank some pickle juice straight out of the jar of baby dills I keep in the fridge. And then I (slowly and with lots of pain) ate a snack cup of peaches and drank the syrup. It’s a wonder I didn’t barf from the combination of salt water, pickle juice, and peaches I ingested.

I can’t drink my usual morning Diet Coke because the bubbles hurt. And I’m basically incapable of swallowing any solid food now.

This morning I went to Kroger and got some Throat Coat tea and a honey bear, and throughout the morning I’ve been sipping the tea and taking occasional straight shots of honey out of the bear. It’s helping a little, but not much.

My voice is almost completely gone, so between the severe throat pain and the lack of voice I haven’t been talking much. The only good news is that not talking seems to keep the coughing to a minimum as well.

But this sucks. I don’t know what else to do, and if it gets as bad tonight as it was last night, or worse, I’m not sure how I’m going to make it.

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  • 1. cK  |  July 12, 2006 at 10:33 am

    Previously I empathized with you, but my throat and voice are on the mend while yours have worsened. So I suppose I sympathize now. Yet, I’m laughing out loud at this post. Does this make me insensitive?

    Pickle juice from the jar? Guh!!

  • 2. mike  |  July 12, 2006 at 11:24 am

    Milkshakes, my dear. Milkshakes.

  • 3. Rebekah  |  July 12, 2006 at 11:51 am

    Try TheraFlu. It will help your throat and it will help you sleep. The only problem is it doesn’t taste very good.

    Maybe you should have your tonsils removed.

  • 4. jen  |  July 12, 2006 at 12:09 pm

    I’m scared of TheraFlu. Have you seen how much acetaminophen it contains? And don’t take it on an empty stomach because it totally made me all jittery.

  • 5. Amy Bo Bamy  |  July 12, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    My only recommendation is echinacea, zinc, and/or vitamin C but you’ve probably already tried any or all of the above…

    That sucks you are feeling so terrible, I hope you get better asap!

  • 6. Ginny  |  July 12, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    RAMEN. Noooooodles. With lots of juice……

  • 7. will  |  July 12, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    Can you crush 2 ibuprophen, dissovle in water, and swallow? They will help to reduce swelling and pain.

  • 8. Hugo  |  July 12, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    Ibuprofen, whatever the cost in discomfort, will help.

  • 9. Sandy  |  July 12, 2006 at 11:27 pm

    God, dude, you might want to look into getting your tonsils out. You are severely sick A LOT! I hope you feel better!

  • 10. will  |  July 13, 2006 at 10:51 am

    Hanging in there?

  • 11. jen  |  July 13, 2006 at 12:08 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better. For selfish reasons, mostly — because I miss you on the Internet.

  • 12. ~A  |  July 13, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    I have no tonsils and no anoids and that’s the reason others give for my being sick a lot. Don’t listen to people, people don’t know anything.

    You should, however, have more popsicles.

  • 13. Jimbob  |  July 13, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    Two words……………Fox News!

  • 14. Robbie Irby  |  July 26, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    Dear Lorie and All:

    I have admired Jamey Singleton, WSLS weatherman since the first day he started at WSLS. I have tried to write him several times to let him know how much I admire him as a person and professionally — in fact, I truly consider him a HERO, but have received no response. I was really struggling emotionally because during a six month period in 1996, I had a great aunt whom I was like one of her children and a paternal grandfather to pass away. I would turn on the television and say to myself “if Jamey can get through the day so can I” and would watch the weather daily. I felt so connected to his story when he talked about his drug abuse and rehab — I wanted to do something personally. My heart just broke for Marc Lamarre and Jamey. I am a twenty seven year old male who is a Mental Health Counselor for children and adolescents. I just want an opportunity to thank him personally. Any advice?

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