What a weekend.
I wish I could have ended the statement above with an exclamation mark because I was out partying-it-up for three days straight, but I can’t.
My body is in no condition for partying.
This bloody cold has knocked me out since Thursday. I am telling you, it came out of nowhere and just attacked.
Congestion and losing of the voice on Thursday.
Sore throat, more congestion, and complete loss of voice on Friday.
Voice back, tickly throat, continued congestion on Saturday.
Today? Sinuses. Runny nose. Phlegmy cough.
Of course, in the midst of all this, I felt guilty for not working out on Thursday, so yesterday, I actually dragged myself to the gym (oh yes, there was a lot of dragging involved) and completed a brief workout.
Brief: like I only worked on my arms and abs. But it took me 30 minutes, so I felt like I accomplished something.
All the research I’ve read says that working out is actually good for the common cold; I still don’t know if that’s true, but I had to try. It must have done some good, since I’m actually standing and walking today.
What else? Lots of ginger, lemon, honey.
Oh, and one concoction I swear by. If you have a phlegmy cough and are finding it difficult to cough those suckers up (ew, I know that’s gross, but it happens to the best of us), then take a teaspoonful of çörek otu (Latin: Nigella sativa, aka fennel flower, nutmeg flower, Roman coriander, blackseed or black caraway) with a teaspoonful of honey. Don’t chew, just swallow. Çörek otu (as it is known in Turkish) seems to break up the phlegm right away; the honey just makes it more palatable (the taste, not the phlegm!).
Tomorrow I have running club after school with some students. I don’t plan to let them down, so while I type this, I am sipping on some hot water with grated ginger and lemon juice. The sweat from tomorrow’s run should do away with any more nastiness.
Wish me luck! 🙂