A bowl of healing Tom Yum Gung.
Photo, courtesy of CNN.
That malaise of
an oncoming cold haunted me all week long. I had work to do,
people to see, and I refused to yield to the common cold.
Facts: In the course of a year, individuals in the United States suffer
1 billion colds, according to some estimates. Colds are most prevalent among children, and seem to be related to youngsters' relative lack of
resistance to infection and to contacts with other children in day-care centers and schools.
Children have about six to ten colds a year. In families with children in school, the number of colds
per child can be as high as 12 a year. Adults average about two to four colds a
year, although the range varies widely. Women, especially those aged 20 to 30 years, have more colds than men,
possibly because of their closer contact with children. On average, individuals older than 60 have
fewer than one cold a year. ~ Source.
In view of the facts,
having a cold is just one of those pesky things in life and one consolation of aging
colds. While I'm not letting down
by guard, today, I am fighting the good fight, blitzing it
with home remedies, reinforced with lots of old-fashioned TLC
(tender loving care) from DH:
Hot tea spiked with
tincture of Echinacea.
Gargle with pa`akai
(Hawaiian salt) dissolved in hot water.
Think Zinc (Cold-Eez
A long hot soak in
TLC from DH: The exact
prescription I need:
Finding the package
of Obachan's Wet Lemon Peel for me from the care package from
Putting me to bed
early, tucking me in nice and snug under Grandmother's cotton
futon. "Rest, rest and more rest."
cherry-flavored Nyquil out of the deep recesses for
my forehead for temperature rises, while keeping a safe distance
(my lips are zipped for the duration).
And last, and
perhaps, most effective:
Yum Gung, a spicy Thai shrimp soup, with herbs like
coriander and lemon grass, that always seems to have a
salutatory effect and is always delicious. Here's a recipe
feel better already.
"Life is a Gift."
to wave that white flag,
only gift is a portion of thyself..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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