Friday, September 21, 2012

Tests and Remedies

As you guys know, I was off to the doctors on Tuesday.  Well, yesterday, I got my results from the Whooping Cough tests - and it's negative! Yay!  Instead, I have the ordinary, run-of-the-mill cold - better known as the Rhino Virus.  The nurse was happy - and so was I.  I even joked about it with: 'Oh so, a Rhinoceros sneezed on me, then?' she couldn't help but laugh at that one and said it looked like it.  No matter what kind of day she had had up until my phone call, I guess a silly joke like that would brighten anyone's day.  And believe me, they were really busy at the surgery that day (or I was told). 

But seeing it's just a cold, or the remnants of one where the cough is just driving me nuts, I've been kept awake for one night with this darned dry, fog horn cough.  So, when my folks found out, Dad went out and bought this hideous cough mixture for me.  It smells like liquorish and tastes disgusting!  But my cough is becoming under control faster than if I just left it to gargling warm salt water and taking antihistamines.  And last night, I took a dose of this stuff and slept the whole night through!  What great stuff!  Unfortunately, the downside of the mixture is that it makes you drowsy... so I've got a few days of being a bit dopey to deal with.  

When I woke this morning, I was so happy to know that I had slept through the whole night and felt so much better than I did yesterday.  And my cough is beginning to go away too.  It's not as intense as it was yesterday and last night - after taking a dose of the horrible liquid - it settled down within half an hour.  How good is that?

So, what remedies have you come across that have worked for you to be rid of coughs and colds faster than anything that a doctor can prescribe?  I've heard of rubbing Vicks Vapor Rub on your feet and then putting on socks just before going to bed and that gets rid of a sore throat.  But I hesitate to do that seeing that the Vapor Rub didn't agree with me when I was a child; making me very sick.  Even the smell of the stuff makes me feel sick. 
As you've seen, in other posts, I've put in an onion cough syrup for phlegmy and chesty coughs; which you make every couple of days.  There's inhalants you can buy and hot, hot showers you can have to clear out your sinus'.  But the best thing for any cold or flu is rest and plenty of fluids.  I've found fresh air is another thing; getting outside - even to read a book or to do some gardening - is good to work up a sweat.  Well, let us all know of your home remedies you have learned over time for your colds and flu by leaving a comment... which ones work and which ones don't.  Until my next post, take care, keep safe and warm and remember, I'm always here.  


  1. What's the name of this cough mixture? And where can you get it from?

    1. The cough medicine Dad bought me was 'Senega & Ammonia'. It sounds horrible and smells like liquorish; and tastes dreadful! But you must water it down a bit... don't take it straight or you'll feel sick.

  2. MMmmmm. I love drowsy-cough medicine. A little too much, probably.

    We're a rub-Vicks-on-your-feet family. It stops my daughter from coughing. I tried it on myself. When I had to cough, it was a very weird sensation: I almost *couldn't* cough.

    Other than that, we just usually suffer through. I hope you are on the mend and feeling better soon!

    1. I don't mind it at night, but during the day, it's not what I enjoy - being half-asleep. :P

      I'd rather be wide awake to be able to do all the things I need to do. :)