Yesterday, I sneezed violently and continuously for about 6 hours straight.
I’ve struggled with pretty intense allergy attacks since childhood, so this wasn’t a big surprise. But I still can’t get used to the fact that, when these attacks happen once a month or so, the only way to get them to stop is to knock myself out with Benadryl or Nyquil – a half dose because I’m hypersensitive to medicine too.
And it still annoys me when I wake up the next morning and feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. A truck full of sickness. Severe nasal and chest congestion, post nasal drip, swollen sinuses, and some more sneezing and coughing. As though that weren’t unpleasant enough, if I don’t stay very warm, drink lots of liquids, avoid air conditioning and the outdoors, and barely move the entire next day, this 2-day allergy attack-induced cold ramps up into a 2-week flu.
Once I’m sick, I don’t usually feel like drinking fluids. I used to drink orange juice, but now more than a few sips will produce acid reflux symptoms. I know I’m supposed to drink water or decaf tea, but it’s a constant struggle to get liquid down.
A couple years ago, I was struck with some creativity during a moment of illness and poured a packet of Super Orange Emergen-C into a glass of club soda. Maybe I had been watching You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, which features an orange soda called Fizzy Bubblech. Maybe not.
Either way, this sick person cocktail has become a sick-time staple for me. The bubbles soothe my throat and stomach, the orange flavor makes it more appealing than nasty plain water (I love water in real life; in sick life, I can’t stand it) without giving me acid reflux like OJ does, and it pumps me full of Vitamin C when I need it most.
I’ll readily admit it’s not much of a recipe, but if any of you experience similar difficulties getting liquids down when sick, then it’s worth sharing. Here’s wishing everyone a healthy, happy holiday season!
(And for anyone worried about my horrible allergies and pathetic immune system, rest assured that, after not having much success with over the counter and prescription drug remedies, I started homeopathic treatments last week. It’s a bit too early to tell, but fingers crossed that they are more effective for me!)
Makes 1 to 2 servings
For such a simple drink, it sounds silly to have a recipe. But the order in which things are poured into the glass makes a big difference in how quickly the Emergen-C dissolves and how little (or how much!) of a mess it creates in the process. Also, sometimes I need a bit more orange flavor to get it down, in which case I’ll use two packets; other times, one packet will suffice.
12 oz. club soda
1 or 2 packets Super Orange Emergen-C
(or your preferred flavor)
Fill a large glass with ice. Pour 1/3 of the club soda into the glass. Pour the contents of both Emergen-C packets over the club soda and ice. Pour the rest of the club soda over the Emergen-C until the glass is full. Let sit for a minute while Emergen-C starts to dissolve. Stir a few times, and drink up!