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Not dead yet [Mar. 16th, 2012|09:22 pm]
Zoethe
24 hours have not brought a lot of relief. I still can barely stand to swallow, and solid food is out of the question. xhollydayx suggested Ensure, which is a brilliant suggestion, particularly since we actually have some in the house, left over from when Ferrett had oral surgery. Alas, the sugar content caused me massive pain into my jaw, neck, and ears, so I am not keen on drinking another one. So this evening's antibiotic pill went down with milk and a little cheese. Even the milk sugar was painful at first, but I managed it.

I'm sick enough that I don't feel hungry, so that's a good thing, right?

And in case you missed my query over on Facebook: When the cast of South Park, Natalie Portman, and Charlton Heston are all sitting on your bed, coaxing you to drink some water, does that fall under the category of dream or hallucination?
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2012-03-17 01:32 am (UTC)
How do you feel about yogurt, something without added sugar? It's food, it'll help with the stomach nasties that come with anti-biotics, and you can kind of dissolve it in your mouth.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 01:34 am (UTC)
It might be a good thing, but for the fact that I am home alone with no one to fetch it for me and most definitely not up for a trip to the store yet. Maybe tomorrow....
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2012-03-17 01:30 pm (UTC)
Many grocery stores deliver; see if you can find one near you (If necessary, play the "I'm home alone and too sick to leave the house" card). It's true! Do you know any neighbors or friends who could do it if the store can't/won't?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 03:01 pm (UTC)
There are people on whom I could prevail. But then I would have to see people. I'm very much a lone wolf when I feel sick. Must break out of my shell, I suppose.
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[User Picture]From: scarfman
2012-03-17 01:39 am (UTC)

Technically, as I understand the definitions of the words, I think the determining factor is whether you're awake or asleep.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 01:45 am (UTC)
I couldn't be quite sure how awake or asleep I was.
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[User Picture]From: alexmegami
2012-03-17 04:47 am (UTC)
I think if you remember it, probably more awake than not...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was kind of tripping at that point.

The last time I was hallucinating from fever, water got spilled as well. But that time it was by a cat, and all over me and the bed. This being just the floor, it wasn't nearly as horrible.
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[User Picture]From: alexmegami
2012-03-17 06:27 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Bad kitty.

My cats like to try and 'help' when someone is sick, which is adorable but can have weird effects if you're only half in reality-land. (I have a friend who, upon getting his wisdom teeth removed, has his cat tun into a demon and try to eat his face before turning back into his cat. His very confused cat, since understandably he kind of freaked out. Fun times!)
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2012-03-17 01:41 am (UTC)
I might call it good drugs but I guess you aren't taking those kinds of drugs.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 01:46 am (UTC)
Nope, not provided with those kinds of drugs. And being on antibiotics, I can't even drink!
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[User Picture]From: seicat
2012-03-17 02:06 am (UTC)
Things that have helped me before:
- ice chips, cubes, or frozen fruit juice
- raw honey
- hot lemon tea
- teas with slippery elm and/or licorice - Traditional Medicinals makes a Throat Coat tea with a really good formulation (teas with raw honey but no sugar)
- steam (run the shower hot and just sit in the room, fill a bowl with hot water or hold your head over your tea with a towel or blanket over you to keep the steam in) Just don't fall asleep!
- Gargling with cayenne pepper or salt water (gargle every 15 - 30 minutes at first until the pain eases.)

Feel Better!
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2012-03-17 08:20 am (UTC)
A second vote on all of these (although gargling with cayenne is new to me). Citrus and sugar are good and go down quite well, even with a sore throat, and get essential vitamins or fuel into your system.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 02:48 pm (UTC)
Gargling with salt water is like rubbing salt into an open wound. But probably good for me. I will endeavor to do more of it.
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[User Picture]From: seicat
2012-03-17 05:33 pm (UTC)
Sadly, it's not "pain free." The good news is that it kills just about everything given enough applications! I suggest warm salt water gargle and then steam treatment to soothe after. If steam is not readily available, try a cloth or bandana over your face to keep the air moist and less harsh to inhale. If you have a cough or congestion, a couple drops of eucalyptus oil in the steam will help clear it up a little. Hope this helps!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 09:14 pm (UTC)
I have no cough or congestion with this, just pain pain pain. The salt water gargle today is a little less screamingly painful. I will try and keep at it more faithfully, though mostly I've just been sleeping.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2012-03-17 03:49 am (UTC)
Hmm I hope your local friends are looking in on you. You sound really bad. Get better soon!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 02:51 pm (UTC)
They would be here if I needed them. Right now I'm just mostly sleeping.
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From: simulated_knave
2012-03-17 04:40 am (UTC)
Lemon juice might be a good idea. You don't have to drink much of it to get the nutritional benefits, and it's one of those things where you HAVE to feel healthier afterward. It's a good burning.

Jell-O also might not be a bad idea. Exciting variety of flavors, convenient texture, sort-of qualifies as food.

Say hi to Charlton for me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 02:53 pm (UTC)
Jell-O is a nonstarter with me. Right now sugary anything is painful like whoa. But hot tea with lemon and honey will probably be attempted when I get up the nerve.

Alas, gramma's honey/lemon/rum syrup is out due to antibiotics.
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[User Picture]From: whyelaborate
2012-03-17 01:03 pm (UTC)
I once had a bad fever and my favorite singer/song writer came in and sat on my bed and told me my mom left some canned peaches on my bedside table (which was true) and then a kangaroo wearing tennis shoes hopped by. No idea if it was a dream or a halluicination. Hope you feel better.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 03:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds hallucinatory to me. I've done it before, though not since I was 19 years old.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2012-03-17 11:35 pm (UTC)
When the cast of South Park, Natalie Portman, and Charlton Heston are all sitting on your bed, coaxing you to drink some water, does that fall under the category of dream or hallucination?

um .... well ....
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2012-03-19 04:12 am (UTC)
Hey. How is today?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-19 03:30 pm (UTC)
The streppy part feels quite a bit better. The viral part that is turning my mouth into a rashy batch of raw meat, not so much. It still hurts like a beeeech to eat anything. But overall, I feel like I'm improving. No more hallucinations. And Ferrett gets home today!
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2012-03-19 08:43 am (UTC)
And another voice chimes in ... hey! How is today??
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-19 03:31 pm (UTC)
Easier to copy and paste: The streppy part feels quite a bit better. The viral part that is turning my mouth into a rashy batch of raw meat, not so much. It still hurts like a beeeech to eat anything. But overall, I feel like I'm improving. No more hallucinations. And Ferrett gets home today!
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