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February 19th, 2002

The worst symptom

I don’t get sick very often, but this winter, mild as it’s been, I’ve had a couple tiny colds and one doozy of a temperature. Today, I started to feel another possible cold coming on, in the form of my least favorite symptom: a raw, sore throat.

Coughs are annoying, but not usually terribly painful by themselves. Upset stomachs/nausea can be pretty bad if you’re not near a familiar toilet. A stuffy head can be frustrating, but there are plenty of remedies. Unfortunately, sore throats seem to have a lot of potential cures, but none work all that well.

So, tonight, I hit the sore throat with everything I had: Aleve, echinacea, losenges, hot tea with honey, cold ice cream, plenty of liquid (I drank probably 16 glasses of water today), vitamin C, and a little zinc. Plus I’m getting to bed early so I don’t have to miss work tomorrow (something I’ve never done for illness before).

Cross your fingers for me and pass along any good sore throat remedies you know of. I may need ’em…

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