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the eric update - day 463: poppi. why won't you come and play with me?

gah. that "cold"? it's not going away. by friday, i was operating under the assumption that i was just going to get pneumonia. but now it has abated just a bit and i think it's just a particularly nasty version of the common cold, with no real fever or chills but lots and lots and lots(!) of mucus and coughing and more mucus and coughing. and yet still more mucus and coughing.

and now with the sinus pain. ack. hopefully the megadoses of ibuprofin aren't just disguising a case of sinusitis.

of course, odin has no idea why i can't always immediately play with him when i'm emitting seemingly continuous streams of virus laden fluids.

which makes me wonder - when are you contagious during a a cold? for the entire cold? or just the first few days? and while i've been as conscientious as i can be, about washing/decontaminating myself before playtime, i can't believe he hasn't come down with it. maybe he's already successfully fought off the infectious invaders?

oh, and if anyone has tried-and-true cures for the common cold, i'd be mighty obliged if you shared it.

please. help. me.

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10/10/2005 07:36:00 PM 11 comments

11 Comments:

Well, if Odin is still nursing, it could be that he's getting a steady stream of antibodies to the virus in question. Otherwise, it just means your dilligence in hand washing and sanitization is paying off. It's a little thing, but it really makes a HUGE difference.

As for the common cold, lots of vitamin C, chicken soup, fluids, ginseng and much sleep works eventually. If you've got a cool mist humidifier or otherwise, this can speed up convalescent times by keeping everything non-dry , cracked and infecton prone.

You're actually more contagious before you start showing symptoms of a cold, but unfortunately, as long as you've got yellow or green mucus, you're probably still shedding virus :-(. When it's clear, you're usually in the clear.

Poor Poppa. Get well soon already, would ya? Colds suck majorly unpleasant things.

By Blogger pumpkinhead, at 8:51 PM  

Zicam it takes care of it in 3 days. Sorry you don't feel well. We have some chicken soup for you over here? with home made bread?

By Anonymous WSM, at 11:11 PM  

While you're feeling down, I thought I'd bring more bad news. :(

I saw a notice that the radio flyer walker has been recalled. I thought I remebered Odin having it, and wanted to make sure you were aware. It's scary to find out about recalls two months after they are issued (Martha, meet the playtex hip hammock!)

Get well soon!

By Anonymous Martha, at 11:37 PM  

I've heard raves about Zicam as well. They're zinc swabs meant to go in the nose, no? I've also heard that zinc losenges can help as well.

By Blogger pumpkinhead, at 9:30 AM  

Zicam can also, in some cases, leave you permanently lacking a sense of smell. Scary!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:30 AM  

My best cure for the common cold is really hot, really garlicky onion soup. Even mom's matzoh ball soup cannot cure onion soup for killing what ails you in a matter of days. Make up a big pot and eat it for lunch and dinner until you feel better. Odin misses you!

Rae

By Blogger Rach, at 11:17 AM  

seriously, go to the doc if you haven't already. My hunch is that you have a sinus infection, not a head cold. If it is a sinus infection, you could feel tons better real quick with some antibiotics. I'm only saying this because it is fall and it is the season for mold allergy flair up... and the allergy causes a sinus infection. I'm just sayin'... ;-D Feel better.

By Blogger Candy, at 1:50 PM  

I am not much into such things, but in desperation during my last cold (which was nastiest one I'd had in years), I took Tylenol severe cold and flu (or extreme cold and flu?). It is a scary neon blue liquid but it worked amazingly well. I was able to sleep and was dried up totally within two days.

By Blogger cari c, at 2:42 PM  

I believe that you are contagious pretty much for the entire period while the nose is clugged up and the cough is still going on.
Wash your hands often, keep your fingers away from your eyes (rubbing your eyes will get the cold to start over again) and drink plenty of fluid is the right direction to go.

And I think that in some cases Odin might be like other babies - they tend to handle colds in a different way than we grown ups do.

Hope you'll feel better soon :)

By Blogger Christa, at 4:06 PM  

I takes 5-7 days for a cold to manafest in someone else. So if you are sick now he wont be sick for another week.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:12 AM  

Our school says to keep kids home when they have green snot. Clear is ok.

By Blogger Derek, at 2:00 PM  

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