The last time I had this sore throat was, hmmm.... back in January. It was a just-shoot-me-now kind of sore throat, but it lasted only one day. Alas, it was followed by five solid weeks of rib-shattering coughing, but last Monday I noticed that the coughing had eased up quite a bit, so, even though my ribs were still sore, they were getting a break.
Tuesday my ill health took a Sabbatical while I worked a 14-hour day at the election, but yesterday, oh, my...
Yesterday the sore throat was back, with an edge, and instead of hanging out with D and the Princess and the Gingerbread Cookie, I spent the day trying out different cold/sore throat remedies:
- Tried-and-true hot water with honey and lemon. Check.
- Hot whiskey. Check.
- Salt water gargle. Check.
- Vicks. Check.
- Tea tree oil gargle. Check.
- Sore throat spray. Check.
- Hot tea. Check.
- Zinc lozenges. Check.
- Plain hot water. Check.
- Raw garlic. Really.
That was yesterday.
Today, Round Two: Airborne, vinegar gargle, nutmeg tea, more Vicks, more hot tea. So far no good. I would have tried the dark Karo syrup gargle, but I don't have any of that, and I would have tried the neti pot, but I don't have any plain salt on hand, so those will be for tomorrow after a quick trip to the store.
So. Advice and suggestions welcome. I am willing to try anything. If anybody out there is working on any experimental drugs, I'm your guinea pig. For now, I am going to go to bed. At 8:30. Hardly proper.
If things don't improve around here, I may have to resort to my very last resort...GASP...the doctor...