Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Ba Hum"bug"!

I’ve tried everything from Echinacea, vitamin C to hot soup, gargling with salt water and Swedish nurses. This cold won’t leave me. Some would say alcohol kills the bug—the good stuff—not just beer. Well, I went down to the local pub & restaurant where they serve up the most delicious bloody marys with Amy. I asked them to give it the “Deb style”, which involves mostly Ketel One vodka and a touch of tomato juice. I asked for the hot sauce on the side. I dowsed the hot sauce ten million times to get any left over germ that may be lingering.

This trick seemed to work. We headed off to Target to get some last minute Christmas gifts. I decided to grab a gingerbread latte at the Starbuck’s next door. Bad move. This stuff is loaded with so much cream- it’s disgusting. I felt it coming on. My cold was back, and it was getting worse. The real question is, why do Starbuck’s, Duncan Donuts and other coffee hut branches serve up their coffee with 95% cream and 5% coffee? This defeats the whole purpose of the coffee bean high. They should just serve hot cream in a cup with coffee grind packets to replace the sugar. I felt like I had strands of mucus flying out of every cavity of my head. Not an attractive sight to see. Above is my version of coffee. I drink it black, no cream or sugar, but sometimes I like to have a treat. I didn't know I was going to drink a gallon of half-n-half!

This is what Starbuck's coffee is made out of. There may be one or two grinds of coffee in that glass, but the rest is all cream. Can you imagine what this does for someone who has a cold? It's a mucus nightmare!

I’m trying not to stay home too much. I know they say rest up and sleep as much as you can, but I’m restless. Then you have other people saying go out and get some air, it’ll do you some good. I took the second advice. If I sit home, the living room or bedroom- or whatever room I occupy while being sick, has the ‘air of sick' in it. You know what I mean. It’s when you walk into a room where someone has been in it all day coughing, hacking and sneezing. It feels a bit damp and musty. It needs to be aired out. So I decided to air myself out. Well, this sickness has been going on for over a week now.

Tomorrow evening, I’m supposed to meet up with CP and her husband for a bite to eat and a few cocktails. It doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to make it. Even if I could, I wouldn’t want to bring CP and her “hotband” down with her cold. She’ll never let me down for that one. Being that CP’s a nurse and all, she’ll probably be all prepared with a huge vat of antibacterial gel as well as a surgical mask when hanging out with me. And no, I wouldn’t be insulted. It’s something most people should think about during this cold and flu season. My next step is to invest in a bubble.

Enjoy your week and don’t touch the handles on those shopping carts!!!


Natalia said...

Awwww...I;m sorry you are still under the weather. Mine seems to have gone over the weekend. I just have a few remnants of nasal congestion and thoaty mess...but I can deal. I adore that little picture. And I think not staying home and keeping yourself busy is good as long as you are not making yourself sicker by not letting your body rest.

*huggles* Get better soon.


samuru999 said...

Hope you will feel better very soon Deb!
My son and hubby are sick...
I am hoping I don't catch it!

Take care!



Bossy♥'s YOU said...

I am on my way..I have a cure, u will be up and at it in no time:)

dna said...

My codeine cough cyrup seems to be helping tremendously, have you tried that?
I hope you get all the way better soon.
A few weeks ago the grocery stores here have a clorox wipe stand out by the carts, so that you can wipe off the handles before you start your shopping. I hope they keep it up all year!

Pittchick said...

sorry, that was me, I thought my pic might show up...

~Deb said...

Natalia: That was the thing- I was out and about making my cold and congestion even worse. That milky coffee is what threw me off I think. Bleck!

Samuru: Stay away from them! Run Margie, run!!! Antibacterial gel is a must!

Bossy: Hmm. A cure? Do tell.

DNA/Pittchick: Codeine believe it or not, makes my heart race. I’m allergic to it. I used to love it, until I thought I was having a heart attack one day. And, when it’s warm out, I always use the Clorox wipes with the carts- but since it’s cold and I could wear gloves- this works better for me! Stay clean!

Amy said...

About shopping with Deb at Target:

Even though she was incredibly ill, she blasted through Target with all the power and zest of a rocketship bursting through the atmosphere. She became TurboDeb.

I think all I saw of her the whole time was a blur of the colors that made up her outfit and a faint trail of smoke.

The minute she stepped outside, it was back to the slo-mo, sick Deb.

The picture of you with the blue chin is a true rendition!

Sorry for getting you sick!

Anonymous said...

Is that really what the coffee looked like!?!? It looks like milk! I like my coffee with two creams, two sugars!

I hope you feel better in time for Christmas!! <3


Leesa said...

Have you tried "Cold-eeze".

~Deb said...

Amy: You just couldn't keep up with me and my 'get me the hell outa' here' type of shopping. If you weren't sniffing and squeezing ever product in that store, we may have gotten out of there a little quicker.

Beth: Their coffee was literally white- maybe a HINT of tan. Two creams isn't bad, it's when they put a whole vat of cream in your coffee which makes me ill.

Leesa: Never heard of it. I can't take the other medications because the ingredient in there makes me nervous and shaky.

the voice said...

My suggestions, (and they do work); Zinc, Vitamin C, and Tequila Sunrises.

Nancy said...

I feel like such a freak ordering a tall "Americana" at Starbucks. When I do, the whole place seems to go silent, like it does after a horrible faux pas made by a guy at a bar in a spaghetti western...right before everybody starts shooting. Well, excuse me for liking plain old black coffee.

I like campfire coffee. I throw a horseshoe in it. If it sinks, I add more coffee. If it floats, it's just right.

I hope you feel better soon.


Catch said...

I say ignore the cold and keep shopping and socializing...sooner or later it will go away..hopefully it will be gone by Spring. ;))

I have never had a Starbucks coffee or anything. We dont have one around here...but I am not much of a coffee drinker anyway.

I do think its great that stores are coming up with wipes for the buggy handles...when I go to a resturant I always ask for a wet wipee thingie for my hands before I eat. I cant stand to eat when I have handled money and a gazillion germs have got on my hands. You shouldnt have to ask for them...they should just be smart enough to have them on your table, but of course that might cost them more!!

Anonymous said...

I don't drink coffee so I don't have much to say on that topic. Once in awhile I will go to D&D and get a coffee colada with whip cream..but it's cold coffee. =/

I hope you feel better....just take your meds and fight it girl..it has to leave sometime! I hope you are well before Christmas!

QUASAR9 said...

lol - Deb
for ever and a day from now on
whenever someone mentions your name
that first imagine on this post
will always come to mind
Cute & cuddly in an alien sort of way

LisaBinDaCity said...

Dang, Deb! And I was looking forward to meeting you too :-(

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

If a Bloody Mary, at least as made by Fritz, who was the bartender at the Officer’s Club when I was in Germany, doesn’t kill a bug, nothing will! Good heath to you, Deb!

The Absent Minded Landlord said...

I second Leesa and swear by Cold-eeze. It's nothing scary, mainly just zinc. It's not an imediate thing in a Nyquil type of way, but it does really help me.

kathi said...

My sweet darlin, soooo sorry. I thought about ya today though when I grabbed a cart at the store. The cart smelled sorta funny, and I didn't like touching it, but by the time I thought about it really, it was over and done with...

I pray God's healing over you in the name of Jesus! Love you.

GirlGoyle said...

They say rest is best. However I think that the best way to combat the flu is to remain active. Light exercise and fresh air help heal quicker. I have to say that the mucus nightmare description made me decide not to finish the rest of my morning coffee. Ick!