It seems to happen when the crisp autumn air arrives. A little tickle in the back of your throat turns into a hacking cough over night. Your ribs ache, your head pounds and you exhaust all the tea and honey in the house. Well, I feel your pain. I’ve been sick for over a month now. Yes a MONTH. I started with the scratchy throat and gargled salt water, which helped a alleviate my soar throat but it didn’t stop the coughing onslaught. After two weeks of relentless coughing, the doctor told me that I had a post viral bronchial irritation. If I had this irritation on a daily basis it would be known as asthma. He mentioned that I probably had a virus and the antibodies are hanging out in my lungs and that is causing my cough. I was prescribed an inhaler, something which I’ve never had before. The doctor had me use the inhaler in the office just to make sure I knew what to do. Shake, exhale, put inhaler to my lips and inhale while pushing the button to spray. Pretty easy. So, two puffs a day for two weeks. I wish.
The Saturday following the doctor’s appointment, my husband and I flew down to Los Angeles. We spent a week in and around LA. We had a great time with family and friends, but I awoke Friday after Thanksgiving with a runny nose. Of course this was our day to drive to Vegas. My folks, J and I packed up the car and off we went. Combine my post viral bronchial irritation with a running nose and you get one miserable being. My pockets were stuffed with tissues and medicine. I tried to make the best of the trip and fulfilled my photograph duties with Poperazzi at the Suncoast on Friday night. However, after three nights in Vegas and a total of 10 days away I wanted the comforts of my home. I wanted to wrap up in a blanket, with a hot cup of tea, a box of tissues on the coffee table and nestle into the couch to watch the finale of the Sing Off On Demand in my pajamas.
So I changed my ticket and came home. Now home, I’m trying to recover. Lots of sleep, a new box of tissues and of course I watched the Sing Off finale – Congrats Pentatonix. If you have any family remedies that work for you to kick a cold, please share – I know I’m not the only one that will benefit.