*ubo* ... *singhot*
Colds. I just hate catching it, or should I say being inflicted with it. For one I couldn’t function very well because I have to watch for my nose full of icky snot that cannot resist the pull of gravity; two, my throat swells like hell, and it itches so terribly, man; three, my olfactory sense suddenly becomes non-apparent due to uber-gooey viscous muck blocking my airways, and my predilection to food gets disoriented which completely obliterates the idea of eating out during the weekend. At this moment I assume that you know that a cold is not a disease; it’s just an indication that filthy micro shits are invading your insides. What’s more annoying is that a cold is incurable because a number of viruses can cause this irritating condition, and commercial medicines just lessen the aftermath it sets off. But for me it all boils down to one thing: I hate colds, and I abhor it with my life.
I just felt that my condition’s getting worse last Friday. I was at our usual hang-out place in UP when I suddenly had seizures of violent sneezing. That’s my problem, uncontrollable (and usually hysterical) sneezing. When my nose gets cranked up, it won’t actually pull to a stop until I have drunk the necessary medicine, i.e. antihistamines, but then I didn’t have one so I resorted to drowning myself with water which made me a lot better. Tranquilizers might help, but narcolepsy is not my thing, and I like being a hyper kiddo. I once had an awful experience with antihistamines when I was in high school. I drank the 25 mg capsule form of Benadryl AH before I went off to school, and even before the teacher opened his mouth I was starting to lose consciousness. Everything was going round in circles, my eyes were falling out, and my whole system was beginning to hit the REM stage. Antihistamines are supposed to make one sleepy. I forgot the reason why, but probably to rest the inflicted person because 20 sneezes in succession are not a pleasant state of affairs. And you should know that every time a person sneezes, his heart skips a beat for a second.
So I tried bed rest. I prescribed myself to put my feet up and try to forget every thought that haunts my subconscious upon which I fell asleep for 3 hours. When I came to it was past 8 pm and I heard Kris Aquino and the contestant shrieking what might have been distress signal yelps during prehistoric times. I decided to get myself propped up but then a sudden wave of inexplicable headache pounded my left parietal cranium. It was so bad that I screamed with pain, but it was pointless because my voice was drowned by the loud TV volume in the living room. That headache could probably drive me nuts if I contained it, so what I did was I got up and went straight to the medicine cabinet for a dose of mefenamic acid. I’ve been an avid fan of Dolfenal ever since I started experiencing migraines, and it actually works for me. Fifteen minutes tops, and goodbye migraine. And once again it proved its efficacy when I gulped in a 250-mg tablet to help lessen the throbbing pain in my head, after which I went straight to my PC and tried to write about something, but for one problem. I just couldn’t concentrate basically because Deal or No Deal was on our TV screen, and my computer’s just beside it.
Anyway, that’s beside the point. I still have colds, and its effect on my body is just so terrible. As I’ve said my throat itches so bad that it makes me want to reach for a metal scourer and scratch my throat with it. And with this my voice is getting hoarse, being extremely aggravated by incessant coughing plus I did some hosting slash emcee-ing stint with my sister ala Nicolehyala and Chris Tsuper mode a while ago so I believe everything’s getting really worse. Plus I have this awful feeling that I’d be showcasing my report tomorrow (Monday, 16 July) in Broadcasting. And on Wednesday I’d be having a recording for Radio. I’m really stressing myself.
Aside from water therapy, calamansi and other fruit juices, and Pei Pa Koa, what else can you prescribe to help alleviate my condition?