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.