It isn't a serious thing, there's no fever or chills. Yesterday it began with a terribly sore throat. Now, we women learn early on that we must pamper ourselves when we're under the weather, once we're grown, because nobody else likely will; and that's what I do. Last night before going to bed, I applied Vicks over my neck and chest because that's what my mama did when I was a little girl; somehow just smelling that stuff, I can feel my mama's hands rubbing my back and my chest thoroughly, smearing me up like a greased pig; that was so comforting when I was a sick kid.
I don't take decongestants because they make me feel worse than the cold. Consequently, I woke up at 2 A.M. all stuffed up and never went back to sleep. That's no big problem, since I don't have to do anything if I don't feel like it. Except pamper myself.
When I came to my computer this morning, I noticed something on AOL health about putting a lemon and a hunk of ginger root and some honey into a blender, mixing it, and then straining it. I didn't do that, but I did mix some honey with some ReaLemon Lemon Juice, and then added a little ground ginger. Whoa, that was so soothing to my throat! You must all try it, next time you have a cold. Later today I had a cup of green tea and added some of the honey-and-lemon mix to that; very tasty.
Today my cold is at the stage where water is running out of my nose at the most inconvenient times, so I'm carrying a box of tissues with me everywhere. I skipped my walk today, much as Sadie hates it when I don't go with her and Cliff.
I wanted comfort food, so I made meat loaf, mashed potatoes, cooked cabbage and Harvard beets; oh, there's nothing wrong with my appetite! Funny thing, Cliff seemed to think he was the one being pampered; it's one of his favorite meals. But I made it especially for me. The oldest grandson happened to show up right after we finished eating and polished off the potatoes and most of the meat loaf.
So, what do you do to comfort yourself when you have a cold? What makes you feel better?
By the way, I want to thank all of you for your comments, emails, and "smoke signals" letting me know you care about my loss of Blue. You are such good people.