Monday, January 01, 2007

Under The Weather

Not sure if it was something I caught while back home for the holidays, or germs I may have been exposed to on the planes traveling to and from. But I 've been suffering through the nastiest cold I've had in years.

My sinuses started aching last Wednesday morning, so I took some OTC sinus medication hoping to drain some of my stuffiness. I worried a little about my flight back to Chicago, but hoped (prayed) that my head would not explode en flight. Sadly, my left ear clogged on the descent landing back at Midway Airport last Thursday and it's still not 100% clear. The clogging comes and goes, and now and then I can hear little ticks in my ear. I've been blowing gallons of snot out of my nose for the past 5 days, and coughing up just as much phlegm from my lungs. Yesterday, twenty minutes on the elliptical at the gym left me completely drained of all energy for hours.

I usually have some type of cold all winter long (it could have something to do with my hatred of hats that cover my ears). I am used to being a little snotty and phlegmy for a few months. But this one is taking it's toll, not to mention pissing me off. The BF seems to have a nasty cold too, but he's been working so much I think his hot little body is just worn out. And we seemed to both catch our colds when we weren't together. Contrarily, he's able to hear well.

I have taken decongestants, used ear drops, drunk plenty of fluids. And at this point, I am open to suggestions. Any old-world remedies out there?