Nothing like ringing in the New Year, and then suddenly the first Saturday it happened. I was taking down Christmas and I slowly felt a cold coming on. Don’t you hate that?
I woke up feeling great that day too. I got up, went to my water walking class, felt at ease about my children being home alone and even sat in the hot tub with my friend for a few before heading home.
I felt so good afterwards that I invited my kids’ friends to come over and spend the afternoon. Like for 4-plus hours.
They were here when I felt it. The strange feeling in my throat. That run-down feeling you get from trying to push through. I was determined to push through darn it!
I went to bed with several different essential oils in my diffuser along with a cool mist humidifier at the end of my bed. Two nights I did that. Two nights.
By Monday evening the stuffy nose was finally beginning to catch up with me. I was okay as long as I was sitting up. So I arranged my pillows hoping that I would be able to maintain breathing through my nose. My pillows appeared like a nest in my bed, but I was confident that I would be able to breathe all night long.
And that’s when I woke up with barely a voice. All the congestion slowly oozed down into my chest.
As a person who has asthma I could feel my chest tightening. Oddly as a person who has been healthy for over a year, it’s amazing how much I hated having the tight feeling.
But a co-worker told me what she did when she last had a bad cold and it worked for her. I went home that day at lunch and did what she did suggested. Her final words to me were “I hope you don’t hurl”. I was confident as I am not much of a “thrower-upper” but I could understand what she was talking about. When it was in my mouth, it really didn’t taste that bad. Going down it was okay too. I was thinking… wow, this isn’t bad at all.
And then the apple cider vinegar hit my stomach.
I see why she warned me. I didn’t get sick, but I can say that it helped (glad I opted to eat my lunch AFTER I ingested the vinegar). Did I take it again? No. But where I had no voice in the morning, I had one in the afternoon.
Would I take it again? If the situation called for it. Now I didn’t take any fancy brand… it was Food Club’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Nothing organic, what I had in my cupboard for cooking. Most will take it with hot water, lemon and honey. I poured it into a tablespoon (literally, I got a measuring spoon out, filled it up) and chugged. It tasted like apple cider (shocker) with a kick.
I’m still dealing with latent sniffles and the occasional coughing fit (oh, I so love those!) but compared to my usual span of being really sick for weeks, I’m way ahead of schedule.
Best part – turns out this was something my Grandma would have done, my mother informed me when I told her what I did a few days later. “Anna Maria lives” was her exact quote. It made me grin from ear to ear!