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. (more…)