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Healing through sugar

I drowsed through the day, an hour or two at a time, waking to wander or drink another cup of tea, water, or orange juice. I'm congested, with a sore throat, nasty cough, and fever, but it's no wonder I'm awake: look at the sugar content of most of what I'm consuming to make my symptoms tolerable!

Cough drops are menthol-medicated sugary sweets, and they help me enormously. I'm alternating them with Ricola non-medicinal drops, again, largely sugar. Orange juice? Sugar. Even my drink of preference to soothe my throat and keep away the cough is really nothing but sweetness, consisting as it does of honey and hot water.

I wonder what a diabetic would do in the same situation? Clearly, there are alternate mild remedies.

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aquitaineq
Feb. 16th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
they have sugar free cough drops. they aren't too bad
saffronjan
Feb. 17th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
Enjoy
Enjoy the benefits of a properly functioning pancreas, and treat your symptoms with however much sugar they require.

I'm drowsy and fighting with a sore throat myself, but only a weensy one.
owlfish
Feb. 17th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: Enjoy
I hope I didn't give you anything! Our contact was brief enough that it seems unlikely, but who knows if I had early phases on Saturday or not. Don't get any worse.
saffronjan
Feb. 17th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
Fret not
I think that to be showing symptoms now I must have been exposed sometime last week. It couldn't have been you, luv.

And i'm doing pretty good.
doctor_mama
Feb. 17th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
If you like fresh ginger:
Grate some ginger and steep in hot water. Strain. To the resulting ginger tea add a squirt of lime juice and a little honey. Drink hot or cold. Simultaneously soothing and refreshing.
owlfish
Feb. 17th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)
I do like fresh ginger - and not-so-fresh. My favorite tea is Twining's Lemon-Ginger. I have limes, honey, and ginger all in thse house - thank you for the recommendation. I'll try it.
piratehead
Feb. 17th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
Sounds like what I had. Screw all that herbal crap. A swig of Robotussing DM and four advil will have you feeling like Lee Majors in the Six Million Dollar Man in no time.
owlfish
Feb. 17th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
I'm on aspirin currently. I was taking Robitussin DM, but it didn't seem like it was helping. Tonight, in an effort to sleep, I'm going to try out Robitussin Cough & Cold pills. Hopefully...
ballincollig
Feb. 17th, 2005 03:56 am (UTC)
Natural cures
If you get sick of asprin tablets, willow bark contains asprin in reasonable quantities, and brews a boring, if effective tea. Two tablespoons of willow to eight ounces of water should do it. It comes in caplets, too.

Comfrey tea is good to relax you to sleep; as you know, I have been insomniac since the start of the school year, and the comfrey that I bought at the One of a Kind Show works well for me. Comfrey also comes in caplets!


Good luck, dearie. Feel better soon!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 17th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Natural cures
Aleve Cold and Sinus and a pot of Chammomile tea. And Ricola makes sugar free cough drops which aren't bad. By the way, you may have read Aleve was found to contribute to heart problems-- if you read the fine print it's only if you are elderly, and take more than the recommended dosage on a daily basis for months. It does the trick better than anything.
Maria
owlfish
Feb. 17th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Natural cures
That sounds like an effective combination. I hadn't heard that Aleve was dangerous - but good to have the warning and the disclaimer all in one go in case I do. Aleve isn't available up here - we have a friend who imports it for her own use sometimes because she misses it otherwise. Actually, you did too once.
owlfish
Feb. 17th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Natural cures
Thank you for the advice. I'll bookmark it for next time, when I'm coming down sick and can go shopping.

Happily, my fever is much further down this morning, although none of my other symptoms have budged. I take what victories I can.
sioneva
Feb. 17th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
But what you really need is catarrh pastilles.

*hugs* hope you feel better soon, my dear!!
owlfish
Feb. 17th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
Despite my doubts, and my suspicion over Boots only stocking one kind, they were REALLY effective!
sioneva
Feb. 17th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
Do you need a Boots care package?
owlfish
Feb. 17th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
No, but it's a sweet thought (and not just in the sugary sense). Anyways, I don't plan on being sick all that long - or frequently! There is one other product I always miss from there - throat spray. It's so sensible designed, so you can target the back of your throat and not have a full mouth of numbness.
lemur_catta
Feb. 17th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
This isn't a sugar alternative but you can get really nice instant ginger drink crystals at chinese markets. When you mix that with the hot lemon cold preparations they taste way better.
Ginger wine and lemon with hot water is good too.

owlfish
Feb. 17th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
I love ginger wine. I tried buying some last week from my local LCBO, in fact. They said that only larger LCBOs carry it now, but they had had a number of people asking for it there over the course of the year. When I'm feeling better, I'll be tracking it down.

Is there any particular way of recognizing the ginger drink crystals, or will I need to ask?
lemur_catta
Feb. 17th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)

To find ginger drink crystals go to the aisle that has tea. There is usually something in English on some of the boxes saying ginger drink or something like that. Mostly they come in single serving packets in tea-type boxes but one brand I like, called Gingen comes in a glass jar that looks like the kind Nescafe comes in. It lists the proportion of ginger to sugar on the back and I think you can get spicier or sweeter versions.

You can also get Crysanthemum drink crystals.
wakarusa
Feb. 17th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
a remedy from an ex - constant comment decaffeinated orange tea, brewed extremely strong, with honey (yep) and Grand Marnier. works in that it puts you right to sleep.

feel better!

MH
owlfish
Feb. 17th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
I have the Grand Marnier and the honey - I could try this with a different kind of tea for variety. Thanks for the suggestion! It sounds like it would be good for sleepless nights in general.
wakarusa
Feb. 17th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
I have certainly found it so :) although lately I am very in to port.
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