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I managed to avoid Adam's cold (also shared by taura_g and… 
3rd-Dec-2010 11:02 am
Fizzgig! - velvetsteel
I managed to avoid Adam's cold (also shared by taura_g and fiddle_dragon, I believe), for almost a week, I think.

I awoke this morning to find that my chest had been COLONIZED.

Fucking alien chestbursters.

I have stocked up on slippery elm lozenges and teas (just try finding gluten-free cough drops, I dare you, you will WEEP, I don't know what celiacs did before Google) and soups, and I am managing to not cough too very much just by focusing at least 70% of my attention on my breathing, which is obviously not a long-term solution.

Sometimes I get colds without them becoming bronchitis or pneumonia. Sometimes. But this is already in my chest and so I am confining myself to the couch or bed.

THERE ARE THINGS IN THERE I CAN FEEL THEM AUGH
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3rd-Dec-2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I don't know what celiacs did before Google
They died :)
Seriously, get well soon.
3rd-Dec-2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
For serious, right? Constant suffering at the very least. *sigh*

Thanks. I'm in aggressively-taking-care-of-myself mode; I have too much to do to be taken out by this thing long-term. Hot baths, heated blanket, so much tea.
3rd-Dec-2010 04:48 pm (UTC) - Continuing a grand tradition of not helping
Maybe it's arsenic-based bacteria!

...Seriously, sympathies. I'm queasy this morning, myself, but not to the extent you're dealing with, so: sympathies, and healing.
3rd-Dec-2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
I <3 slippery elm for sore throats!

Goldenseal is an amazing expectorant. If you can find gluten-free capsules, or tea, try it. I should help with the chest congestion.

Feel better!
3rd-Dec-2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Augh! Teh Plague caught up with me yesterday (sick housemate, go figure). Although instead of my chest, they've colonized my face.

Good luck with the lungs. *gentle hugs*
3rd-Dec-2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Colonized your face?

Doc said that there is definitely something going around like what I've described. She's been seeing a lot of it.

Also, 'Song? If this is something that regularly happens, maybe talk with your doctor about forming a plan about what to do when colds start (like what my doctor and I are finalizing over the next couple of weeks, because I am *not* going through this again - this is the second or third time I've gone through the cough of doom after the initial virus has gone away - we're now proactively planning for the next time).
3rd-Dec-2010 07:10 pm (UTC) - *hugs*
I'm sorry, Hon.

When I was working at Pioneer Village, I used to chew on Horehound for congestion. Might check into it at Russo's or Whole Foods.
3rd-Dec-2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Grr, argh. Feel better. (And if you CAN still make it tomorrow, let me know what delectables I can pick up for you at the health food place. Right now, I'm guessing soup is a possibility?)
3rd-Dec-2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
The way things stand right now, I'm thinking any exercise is a really bad idea. Plus I'd likely just be sitting in the van and whimpering. But Adam and Judah will be there!
3rd-Dec-2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and you take care of you!

Thanks to the men-folk, too. (I promise I'll feed them well, and the crowd will be quite entertaining...I'll do a girly time later!)
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4th-Dec-2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Oh, ouch. :/ I hope you manage to fend it off!
4th-Dec-2010 07:02 am (UTC)
That sounds very similar to the chest cold I had a month or so ago, which I had also described as aliens in my chest. The germies bypassed my head and went straight for the bronchi. It sucked. *sympathy*
4th-Dec-2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, ICK. I had NO IDEA that cough drops were a source of gluten; I've often found that a simple hard candy, like a Brach's Sour Ball, does at least as much good as a specific cough drop. are THOSE safe?
4th-Dec-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Brach's will neither confirm nor deny the presence of gluten. So is considered unsafe. Which sucks; I miss candy corn! Individual hard candies may or may not be safe. There are gf candy lists.
4th-Dec-2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
MAN, that sucks! With what I know of candy-making techniques, any gluten in a sour ball would be incidental cross-contamination, but that'll hurt you just as much as a gluten-containing recipe, so, bummer. :( Hope your chest-burster is vanquished soon!
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