I smeared Vick’s VapoRub on my chest and the bottoms of my feet, put on a pair of heavy socks, laid my head down on 2 pillows and tried to go to sleep. Before bedtime I tried lemon/ginger tea with honey, straight teaspoons of honey, enough mentholyptus cough drops to make me anxious about my next dentist appointment, and several squares of dark chocolate.
I had a bad cough from pneumonia, even after the antibiotic kicked in and I felt some better. No cough medicine helped.
I googled People’s Pharmacy, a public radio show that originates down the road in Chapel Hill. It’s a safe site for natural, old-wives-tale-type remedies. I like to just wander through their website. Here is the link I found: People’s Pharmacy Cough Remedies.
That 1st night of Vick’s and ginger and chocolate I took no cough medicine. I slept for 10 hours without much coughing. My daughters with babies were jealous. I tried all the remedies the next evening, too. I coughed some. Third night, I was no better than before the home remedies. Did it work at all? I’m really grateful for that one good night.
People cough everywhere I go. We should all agree not to leave our houses for 2 weeks. Buy groceries like it’s going to snow a foot or more. (That’s a BIG deal in NC.) Have on hand whatever you’re addicted to. I think snow calls for Doritos and ice cream, myself. Stock up on books and movies. Then at a specific time on a specific day, the whole country shuts down. We could all rest and get well and stop trading germs around.
Obviously I write as a 60-year old woman who lives in a big house with a retired man who takes naps and can cook. I would never have suggested this when we had 2 little kids. I don’t know what we’d do about the potential for child and spousal abuse.
Ok, I need to rethink this. Maybe I’ll just quarantine myself. You all do what you want, but don’t come to my house.
PS: Vicks VapoRub was invented right here in Greensboro, NC, where I live. Cool, huh? Click here for more odd uses.