please don’t let me get sick..

*muurrrr….*

Please don’t let me get sick, please don’t let me get sick, please don’t let me get sick.

*sniffle*

I tried making a new home remedy in hopes that it would make my throat feel better, but it turns out that it’s more geared towards calming a hacking cough, tight congestion and can cut through the croup, according to the website I got this recipe from.

Funny enough, I didn’t stumble upon this recipe during my blog surfing, but instead, I discovered it by spending oodles and oodles of time surfing Pinterest. Honestly, I’m more than a little embarrassed at the ridiculous amount of time I’ve been spending on Pinterest lately since I bought my new Sexay Boots.

Speaking of sexay boots! I finally found a pair of brown sexay boots that I absolutely adore that The Hubbs let me buy last weekend! I’m so incredibly ecstatic and thrilled and happy and and.. and.. and.. and.. *squee!!* Unfortunately the photo I took looks terrible because it turns out that, at the height I took the photo, is the level at which a now-two year old toddler can make messy face and handprints on. So: apologies for the shitty photo.

I LOVE the scrunchy ruching around the front of the ankles! One thing I kinda wish is that they had been made a couple of inches taller so they would reach my knees, and I really would have preferred it if they were made of real leather like my black sexay boots. The height is really only a tiny quibble in the scheme of things and I am still supremely happy with them and as such: My life is now complete in the realm of kickass shoes and I can now officially rock the friggin’ walkers like nobody’s bizniss! ;D

But I digress! Ever since I discovered the recipe the Magic Sore Throat Elixir, I’ve been keeping an eye out for other home remedies that I might be able to make to replace all those over the counter cold & flu remedies that I can’t take because of Sally & Co. Admittedly, I haven’t been actively searching for them, but they also don’t seem to be too common, either. So when I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest, needless to say, I was pretty keen to add it to my mini library of home remedies.

When I tried this recipe from Good Food Matters blog for Homemade Cough Remedy, I found that it doesn’t have quite the same effect as my Sore Throat Elixir, but I certainly don’t see it being a bad thing to have in my arsenal – I am hoping that it will have some beneficial stuff going on and will definitely be chugging back both remedies until things improve.

A couple of things regarding the recipe:

· in the original, if you make it in the small quantity as it’s written, you don’t have to worry about refrigerating it.

· I chose to double the recipe, just because, there was no real logic or reason to it so that’s how I’ve rewrote the recipe below for my needs.

· note that this solution doesn’t dissolve particularly well because of the cayenne pepper, so you’ll want to make sure to shake well before using.

This afternoon, I had an appointment with the new Respiratory Therapist from the Oxygen company and she asked me how I was feeling & how things were going. I told her that for the last month or so, since my appointment with Hawt Doc, I’ve been feeling kinda meh all over, but nothing seems to actually be manifesting itself into anything. Whatever IT is, it’s been kinda doing this on-again, off-again thing, but thankfully not actually coming into fruition.

Fast forward to tonight… and it would appear, much to my fear & dismay, that I may in fact be coming down with something. My throat is owie when I swallow but not yet the feeling of lemon juice on a cut, my glands are definitely swollen, plus my right ear is kinda hurting with elevation changes I discovered earlier this afternoon driving around doing stuff…

I REALLY don’t wanna be getting sick, not that anyone ever does, but for me it’s just a horrible nightmare that is so incredibly stressful & absolutely terrifying to The Hubbs L

I had mentioned to a friend, in conversation, earlier in the week that I had a bad feeling that this (again, whatever THIS is) is just the beginnings of what will be a frabjulously miserable winter since I just couldn’t shake feeling blergh all the time and I’m also not out of the woods yet for the biennial SALLY flare up. Ever since I started & finished chemo however many years ago, the flares have generally occurred around Thanksgiving up to around SALLY’s birthday, which is the day after my own birthday, go figure. So specifically: anytime around the beginning to middle of October to the middle-end of November is when shit tends to happen — So for us, October is a pretty tetchy month.

I guess this would be not be an official flare up, thank goodness, but it’s still majorly serious and way bad news overall.

Conveniently, I actually have my regular monthly appointment with Fam Doc in the morning, so I am gonna have to see if he’s gonna prescribe me bigger & badder antibiotics (if there’s such a thing) for this bug. I don’t think he’ll be too pleased to see what sort of state I’ll be in tomorrow, given this is the Thanksgiving long weekend… Now that I think about it, I might even have to cancel & reschedule my follow-up appointment with Hawt Doc next week. Sick immuno-compromised bodies spreading germs to other immuno-compromised bodies is no bueno for sure.

In the meantime, if anyone out in Intarwebz-land would mind: Please send good mojo in my direction to fight this bug because I can use all the help I possibly can to “throw it to the lions” and we really don’t want this to turn into a hospital-visit situation.

Homemade Cough Relief

½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp ginger (I used it from a jar)
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
4 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp honey

Add all the ingredients to a small jar, in the order listed, and shake well.

Take 1 Tbsp as needed for coughs & store in refrigerator when not in use.

Make as often a needed.

The Plague(tm) Sucks.

Know what doesn’t suck?

Discovering a homemade remedy that makes your throat stop hurting when you can’t take OTC cold & flu meds!

OMG SO COOL!!

The original link for the recipe I found is here.

I am so incredibly amazed by the awesomeness of this sore throat elixir — no Halls cough drops for me!! I grew up drinking honey-lemon tea whenever we were sick, and it was a comforting drink with very little to show for it on the whole other than rehydrating, but the thyme completely changes everything and totally anaesthatizes the owieness of coughing until your throat’s ragged!

Everyone needs to have this recipe put into their Plague(tm) First Aid Kit. Seriously. Everyone.

Sore Throat Elixir

1/4 cup dried or fresh thyme (I used fresh)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup boiling water*
1/2 lemon, squeezed, or to taste

In a 2cup pyrex measuring cup steep the thyme leaves pour over boiling water, with the honey, stirring until dissolved.
Let steep 10-15 minutes.
Strain and decant into a clean 250ml jar and add juice of 1/2 lemon, or to taste.
Take 1-2 Tbsp every few hours, as needed, for a really owie sore throat.
Store in refrigerator when not in use. Make as often a needed.

*I used probably closer to 1/2 cup of water and stuck it in the microwave for about 45 seconds to heat up after my boiled water cooled down too much to dissolve my cold honey.