So, you may have noticed the small number of posts recently. I have been sick...very sick. My husband was down for the count last weekend. Now it is my turn. I started to feel bad Wednesday...I woke up Thursday feeling like a Mack truck had hit me - twice. I stayed home from work, put an out of office message up, took some meds and went back to bed. Now, this is monumental for me. I NEVER go back to bed. But I was feeling so terrible, I really had no choice.
When I woke up, I tried looking for some home remedies for relieving sinus pressure...yeah, the ole drum and bugle corp were at top volume in my head that day. I found one, made it up, and almost gagged to death on it!!! Wowee! How do people drink that stuff!?!?!? You were to boil water, put in a mug, add 2 TBS apple cider vinegar, 2 TBS of honey and drink it down. BLECK!!! So now, not only was my head pounding off my shoulders, but my stomach was doing somersaults.... great...
Then I remembered, one of the executives I support went to Japan last year, and brought me back a fancy canister of tea. Now, I cannot read Japanese, go figure, but when I brewed the tea, it was green - I thought, perfect. Green tea is supposed to be fantastic for you. It was okay, I am a coffee drinker, not a tea drinker. But when I am sick, I will choke down the tea. It did make me feel a little better, but the congestion would not break up. I finished off every bottle of over the counter medicine that was left from when my husband was sick, and spent a very restless night trying to sit up enough to try to get my sinuses to open up so I could breathe!
So, for this round, I went to the store today and got the only thing that works for me - Sudafed 12 hour - the real stuff, behind the counter - not the fake PE stuff. Also got some Ny-Quil and cherry flavored Halls, so now I am set for this cold. Within one hour of taking the Sudafed when I got home, my sinuses started clearing out. YAY!
So, does anyone out there have any suggestions for the next round? I would like to try to do more homeopathic stuff and not rely on the pharmaceuticals (but this time desperate times called for desperate measures)...I have read about ginger tea, tea with lemon juice, cayenne pepper and honey, peppermint essential oil facial steam baths, etc. But I am looking for something that you have tried and it WORKS.
Cuz when I am sick, there is no time for messing around. I have got too much to do and can't be down for the count.