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This might sound wimpy to some but- Surviving with a cold

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  • This might sound wimpy to some but- Surviving with a cold

    A lot of COTHers are probably far more hard core than I, I have no doubts about it, so bare with me and don't nag me about being a baby...anyway...

    The boss left yesterday for, of all places, Egypt, and will be gone for 10 days. I, of course, after fighting for a couple of weeks, decided to finally succumb to a cold. So, now I'm alone, in the cold, with 12 horses, and sick. I know some of you just put your head down and go to it, but this isn't standard operating procedure here. Usually, if one of us is sick, the other one takes up the slack to allow the sicko some extra time in bed at home to rest up and get better. This, obviously, is not an option this time around for me.

    Thankfully, while the weather will be cold and sloppy, no snow is in the forecast. I would be truly miserable if that were the case! And, there are horses I could ride, but no one is such a priority that I HAVE to ride anyone....most are on vacation anyway.

    So, any tips on surviving with a cold? I'm consuming ridiculous amounts of vitamin C, and trying to stay up on cold medicine, but I still feel like my limbs are full of lead and my head is full of snot (which it is). Any wonder cures or tips on getting through this.
    Amanda

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    I came down with the Martian Death Flu in October. Spouse was gone, someone had stuck an ice pick into my left eye (that's what it felt like), my throat was on fire, I lost my voice, I ached, blah blah blah.

    I was alone and had chores to do.

    This is what you need - a hot rum toddy. I googled a recipe for you - but you don't have to add all those spices if you don't want to. Drink this and take a nap or go to bed and you'll feel much better. Promise.

    1 cup of hot water

    1 ounce of dark rum

    2 teaspoons of brown sugar

    1 teaspoon of creamed butter

    2 teaspoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice

    grated nutmeg

    dash of powder cinnamon

    dash of powdered ginger

    hint of powdered cloves
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
    -Rudyard Kipling

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    • #3
      Take meds. I don't know what you can take or have access to, but take something. Give yourself more time to get everything done, because it will take longer. Drink lots of clear liquids, because if you get dehydrated you'll feel worse.

      I know how you feel- I've had an awful flu bug. I actualy spent an entire day in bed sleeping and that's not me.

      Can you let some of the less important stuff slide for now? Sweeping yards is one thin I wouldn't do with a cold- the dust makes it even worse.
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      • #4
        Was going to suggest a hot toddy too..J Swan beat me to it. If it doesn't relieve all your symptoms have a second one and you really won't care if you're sick or not.
        And don't feel bad about feeling "less hard core" about having a bad cold and being solo. While we all suck it up and get things done even if we're crawling to do it...believe you me...we *all* whine like hell when we have to. There's been many a time I've crawled into the house after barn chores, stumbled to a carpeted area and fallen face down and spent my time mumbling, "How ****ing stupid can I be? Oh I just HAD to bring the horses home...I just HAD to do it all myself...why the HELL don't I have back up help...why the HELL do I do this?" Yup, we all do as tough as we try to appear to the outside. Heck, I even refuse to let hubby see how sick I've been in the past...I'm usually too busy being pissed at him for not being sick, LOL!
        You jump in the saddle,
        Hold onto the bridle!
        Jump in the line!
        ...Belefonte

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
          Was going to suggest a hot toddy too..J Swan beat me to it. If it doesn't relieve all your symptoms have a second one and you really won't care if you're sick or not.
          And don't feel bad about feeling "less hard core" about having a bad cold and being solo. While we all suck it up and get things done even if we're crawling to do it...believe you me...we *all* whine like hell when we have to. There's been many a time I've crawled into the house after barn chores, stumbled to a carpeted area and fallen face down and spent my time mumbling, "How ****ing stupid can I be? Oh I just HAD to bring the horses home...I just HAD to do it all myself...why the HELL don't I have back up help...why the HELL do I do this?" Yup, we all do as tough as we try to appear to the outside. Heck, I even refuse to let hubby see how sick I've been in the past...I'm usually too busy being pissed at him for not being sick, LOL!






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          • #6
            LMAO...you get mean when you have a cold too Kooki? I might be a happy cartoon character 95% of the time but if I get really sick I'm a freaking bear to be around. And I hate healthy people then too. Poor hubby has to hear, "If I wanned to hear frub an ath hole I would hab farted...now go 'way!"
            You jump in the saddle,
            Hold onto the bridle!
            Jump in the line!
            ...Belefonte

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
              LMAO...you get mean when you have a cold too Kooki? I might be a happy cartoon character 95% of the time but if I get really sick I'm a freaking bear to be around. And I hate healthy people then too. Poor hubby has to hear, "If I wanned to hear frub an ath hole I would hab farted...now go 'way!"
              Yep. I'm not nice when I'm sick. Just want to be left alone, and my SO loves to mother hen me. Poor man, he's only trying to be nice to me and I end up biting his head off. After five years, you think he would have learned! Luckily, I don't get sick that often.
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                #8
                Oh God. I hate to be mother henned when I'm sick (unless it is by my mom, which is different...she's MOM and she knows how to do it right). Now that I've gotten going, I feel a little better, if tirrrrred. I'll get hot toddy supplies this afternoon or evening, along with soup, juice, and more cold medicine.

                Thanks for the moral support.
                Amanda

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                • #9
                  Try some Zicam, it's otc. I had a really bad cold a few years ago and was heading out of town on a ski trip... figured there was no way I'd feel good enough to try to ski. It seriously knocked it out quicker. I figured anything was worth a shot at that moment, but it really did help, I actually felt a lot better within a day and was out skiing. Also remember, chicken noodle soup is your friend!

                  Hope you feel better soon. And yeah, I'd be doing the bare minimum chore-wise too. The other stuff, like sweeping, etc. can wait.

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                  • #10
                    Fighting a Cold

                    I never, ever get sick and I am now, or was until yesterday, so something pretty powerful is going around in D. C. Here is the magic remedy my SO ( an EMT and a very experienced horseman also, although I'm not sure it's relevant here) gave me:

                    1. Cold-Eze. It's in a yellow, black, and red package.
                    2. Robitussin CF
                    3. Excedrin.

                    All available at CVS.

                    This totally works, I feel about a thousand percent better today and yesterday I could barely lift my head.

                    Feel better!

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                    • #11
                      Pump yourself full of Vitmain C and zinc lozenges (they really do work!).
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                      • #12
                        Hot showers to relieve congestion, possibly zyrtek to dry up congestion, and sleep as much as possible - take one of the non-daytime cold medicine and you'll wake up in about 16 hours Caffeine and dairy make me feel worse when I have a bad cold - the caffeine gives me a headache and the dairy adds to mucus. Water and crackers and toast get me through.

                        My thinking goes to hell when my head's stuffed up, so I try to focus on the absolute most important few things in any situation. The horses need to eat and drink and be reasonably safe and sanitary - give yourself a break and don't even bother feeling bad that they didn't get any perks today. They'll survive. If you pamper yourself for 2 days, you'll get better 100% faster than if you kill yourself trying to do everything as if you were feeling fine.

                        And when you're better, wash everything you just germed up - clothes, sheets, pillowcases, scarves, etc. Everything sturdy enough to wear to the barn is sturdy enough to live through a hot wash once in a while.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                          Poor hubby has to hear, "If I wanned to hear frub an ath hole I would hab farted...now go 'way!"

                          "Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field." --Dwight D Eisenhower

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by riverbell93 View Post
                            Hot showers to relieve congestion, possibly zyrtek to dry up congestion, and sleep as much as possible - take one of the non-daytime cold medicine and you'll wake up in about 16 hours
                            Also Mucinex and a saline rinse. If you do the saline rinse while in the hot shower, it is even more productive!

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                            • #15
                              yb, you may know this already, but if not...
                              the really GOOD decongestants are no longer on the shelves at the drugstore. They've been pulled behind the counter bc you can use them to make meth.
                              Last time I had a Serious Cold the stuff out on the shelves did NOTHING for me. You have to ask the pharmacist for the good stuff, and they'll sell it to you (they keep track so you can't go around town buying dozens of boxes for your meth lab)...

                              but it is MUCH better!!
                              The big man -- my lost prince

                              The little brother, now my main man

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                              • #16
                                Don't do what I always do - groom a really nasty, dirty horse when you have a head cold. So that it can promptly turn into a sinus infection.

                                Yup, I forget my own advice and do it at least once a year.

                                A few months ago I topped myself by cleaning moldy tack with a head cold.

                                That was the worst sinus infection ever.

                                Really, you'd think I'd remember these things but I won't. I hope you do.
                                "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
                                ---
                                The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.

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                                • #17
                                  For a really bad cold, I finally figured out that Doctors actually ARE good for something other than supporting drug companies (JK, TIC) They have this awesome liquid cold med that I scram for when Super Cold hits me (usually once a year). I forget what it is exactly, but some kind of prescription decongestant & codeine I believe. And I do the Antibiotic thing too, as my serious colds never fail to become sinus infections otherwise (I'm good with avoiding antibiotics for everything else, so I figure it's ok)

                                  I used to tough it out with OTC stuff, until I discovered doctors may not be able to cure the common cold, but they sure as heck can prescribe the stuff that makes it much easier to bear!

                                  YMMV, hope you feel better soon!

                                  Arcadien

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                                  • #18
                                    Colds suck! (feel better?)
                                    Like all the OP have said, there's not much you can do besides dress warm, replace the liquids dripping from your nose with something hot and get as much sleep as you can.

                                    Hot showers are wonderful for decongesting, rub Vicks on your chest before one and inhale the goodness with the steam.

                                    I LOFF Airborne gummies for a sore throat.

                                    And do what I did when I got food poisoning and had to drag my sorry self out to the barn twice a day (minimum) to feed:
                                    Cry on the horses.
                                    They are warm, furry and comforting and don't really care if their stalls aren't pristine as long as there's hay & water.
                                    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                                    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                                    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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                                      #19
                                      You all are great!

                                      I just found out that a huge chore has been relieved...I thought I was going to have to round up hay until our next load comes, but it is coming tomorrow, which means I don't have to run all over hill and dale finding hay from obscure places to get by. Yay!!! That's a huge load off my chest.
                                      Amanda

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by yellowbritches View Post
                                        You all are great!

                                        I just found out that a huge chore has been relieved...I thought I was going to have to round up hay until our next load comes, but it is coming tomorrow, which means I don't have to run all over hill and dale finding hay from obscure places to get by. Yay!!! That's a huge load off my chest.
                                        Fantastic news! I bet you feel a lot better knowing that.
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