18 February 2008

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Now that I have lived through it, I shall bestow upon you all my tale of woe. It goes a little something like this.

Late Tuesday night (of last week), I developed a sore throat. Not just any sore throat, but the Mother Of All Sore Throats.

I had it Wednesday.

Thursday.

Friday.

Saturday.

Every time I swallowed, I thought I could very well be the first person ever to die of a sore throat. I know you are thinking: what are the odds? But I tell you the odds were excellent. Absurdly excellent.

Sunday had good hours and wretched ones.

Today I'm fine. I have what feels like a normal sore throat, and it's wonderful. I could kiss normal sore throats.

My girls at the Limery offered me tons of home remedies, most of which I had already attempted. I even scoured the internet for medical advice posted by complete strangers who could very well have been the sore-throat-home-remedy equivalent of the Unabomber. But residing in that particular arena of pain, caution was a luxury I could not afford.

So. I tried: lemon and honey tea, lemon and honey cough drops, throat spray (this one mostly just numbed my tongue, which under normal circumstances would have greatly amused me), Tylenol, gargling hot pepper water, gargling apple cider vinegar (acv=el disgusto), hot compresses, zicam, vitamin C, and possibly other stuff that I already forget.

One of them worked.

Oh yes, and um, also I tried other people's prescription pain medication. That might have been the one that worked.

Nevertheless. I am alive. I can swallow with the best of 'em. Let the fanfare commence.

13 comments:

~love said...

i had this a couple months ago & i really did think i would die, too!

mine did end up being strep...did you get that lovely swab?!

glad its turning around!

Kimberly said...

Oh hun, what misery! So glad you're through it!

jen said...

Wow. Sore throats really suck. Is it possible that you have/had strep? I remember the one time I had strep it was the most horrid sore throat I have ever had, complete with the swallowing thing you mentioned.

kris said...

I love your label at the bottom! Sorry about your raw throat!

Melissa said...

Yeah... I've gargled with apple cider vinegar... I puked. Which, of course, burned my throat. So fun. I'm glad you are feeling better!!

Corey~living and loving said...

tee hee...I don't mean to laugh at you....especially since we just "met", but you sound soooooooo like me. I always think I am going to be the first person to die from something.
hope you are all better soon.

stinkypeteandcompany said...

Oh yick. Think I can get it through my keyboard? I really feel like just bathing in antibacterial gel even reading this post!
Feel well.
Sarah

janae said...

I'm glad you can swallow again. I love your sense of humor even when you aren't feeling your best!

Kin said...

Please tell me which one of those remedies worked....I am sitting here at this moment questioning if I'll make it through til morning with a wretched sore throat of my own!

Nic said...

kindra: i hate to say it, but the most likely candidates are the apple cider vinegar, the hot pepper water, and of course the meds.

vitamin c wouldn't hurt.

PamperingBeki said...

I'm glad you didn't die!

The post was funny enough to read but when I saw the tag you put on this post I about choked. You're too hysterical!

I'm really glad you're feeling better though. (a round of antibiotics probably wouldn't hurt just in case it's strep.)

stinkypeteandcompany said...

Oh yick. Think I can get it through my keyboard? I really feel like just bathing in antibacterial gel even reading this post!
Feel well.
Sarah

Corey~living and loving said...

tee hee...I don't mean to laugh at you....especially since we just "met", but you sound soooooooo like me. I always think I am going to be the first person to die from something.
hope you are all better soon.