Nasopharyngitis. Rhinopharyngitis. Acute Coyza. Whatever you want to call it – it’s the Common Cold.
You know what I’m talking about. Cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat. Nothing life threatening, but just enough to take you out and make you feel you can not possibly function. Life stops, you are depressed, and you feel infinitely sorry for yourself.
I admit it. I have a cold. This in spite of the fact that I took extreme measures at the first sign. I not only gulped multiple doses of echinacea/goldenseal (mixed with essences of Yin Chiao, Elderberry root, Ginger, Eleuthero, Horehound, Bayberry, and Horehound) many times a day. I dined on L-Lysine, Zinc and Garlic. For good measure I followed my favorite Doctor Dave’s guideline – Vitamin D at 25,000 milligrams twice a day for 3 days only. And I gargled with hot salt water (twice a day) as well as using a salt and soda mix in a nasal irrigation through my water pik.
In spite of my diligence, I still have a cold.
Thinking I may have overlooked just one priceless piece of curative advice, I resorted to Google and discovered:
One single cold virus can multiply into 16 million offspring in 24 hours.
It isn’t rare to “slip a disc” in your back while coughing.
The velocity of a sneeze is 100 miles per hour (same as an awesome baseball pitcher.)
An Egyptian papyrus dated before the 16th Century B.C. outlines the common cold, making it the oldest existing medical text.
The virus resides in the eyes and the nose, but not the mouth. Kissing is therefore okay. BUT WASH YOUR HANDS!
And I apologize if I have passed it on.