Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Self-Proclaimed Worst Patient Ever has a Hot Toddy

I'm a terrible patient.

Really terrible.  I'm not good at being unwell.  I end up frustrated and upset and generally just horrible to be around.

That's me right now.  Everyone around me had colds over Christmas and New Year and being that my birthday was coming up I tried everything I could to avoid catching it.

And I did.  Well, I avoided it for my birthday.  In fact I avoided it for my entire birthday week, it was my last birthday dinner (I catch up with lots of people separately) before I started to notice any symptoms.

On Saturday night after dinner I noticed my throat was very scratchy.  Initially I put it down to spending the evening talking constantly with a friend I hadn't seen for a while. Sunday morning was a different story.  Monday morning was the Sunday morning story turned into a horror story.

I exaggerate (a little bit), but I do have a really nasty cold.  Like a super-deluxe supreme cold. You know the one with all the "bonus" extras?  I have the runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, muscle aches, hot/cold/hot/cold temperature thing, sinus pain which is both painful in itself and causing me toothache, headache and a cough.  The cough is the part that wears me down the most, I can handle the rest of it.

I went into work yesterday, thinking that I would try and work through it because maybe it was worse first thing.  Nope.  Nu-uh.  I was way worse by lunchtime and by mid-afternoon I was going home to bed. Today is more of the same.  There was no way I could have gone into work this morning, besides the fact that I look and feel like death, I think I'm probably contagious.  Like a sprinkler system of germs (sexy, no?).

I've been taking all sorts of meds to try and ward off the symptoms, plus applying lip balm (Homeoplasmine is my current fave) like crazy because I'm a mouth-breather at the best of times, even more at the moment.

This morning, I resorted to desperate measures.  I put Tiger Balm on my feet and put socks on as I read somewhere that Vicks Vaporub on your feet is supposed to stop a cough and the Tiger Balm was the closest I had (it was -4C this morning so I wasn't about to go out and buy some).  I can tell you that Tiger Balm doesn't stop the cough, but I'm still open to trying Vicks at some point.  I've been taking Lemsip, Night Nurse, Buttercup Syrup, Strepsils and it just feels like nothing is working which probably means that without those things I'd be in an even worse state than I am now.

I even had a Hot Toddy this morning. At 9am. Turns out I don't like bourbon so much when it's not in a cocktail so I added quite a lot more honey than they suggested.  Not that I advocate booze at that time of the morning, but it definitely helped a little bit. I was still coughing, but I felt a little more relaxed.    There are tons of Hot Toddy recipes online, all varying and so I thought I would share how I made mine this morning.  I've included measurements in both spoons and millilitres, I used tablespoons because was lazy but I realise mls might be easier for some people.

GlossGalore's Hot Toddy for People Who Don't Like the Taste of Bourbon

4 Tbsp/60ml Bourbon (I used Jim Beam, you could use any Bourbon/Whiskey you have)
16 Tbsp/240ml  Hot Water (from the kettle, just off the boil)
2 Tbsp/30ml Clear Honey
1 Tsp/5ml Lemon Juice (I used the kind from a plastic lemon, but fresh is probably better)

1. Add the bourbon, honey and lemon juice to a mug and stir well
2. Add the hot water and mix well
3. Drink.  Don't plan on going anywhere and certainly don't drive.

I found that the ratio of Bourbon to Honey was just enough to take the edge off the taste of the bourbon and was extra soothing for my throat.

What are your tried and tested cold remedies?  Is there something you always rely on to help you feel better?  Leave me a comment and let me know!


  1. If you have a bad cough, take codeine. Works like a charm for most people! Any codeine based cough syrup should work, however codeine and paracetamol tablets are more effective. Hope you feel better!

    1. Thank you, I didn't know that! I'll know for next time though, that's a really useful tip. At the moment, the cold appears to have turned into a bit of a sinus infection so I'm Sinutab-ed to the max and waiting for it to go. I can't smell or taste anything properly at the moment and I'm absolutely desperate to get back to the point that I can - life seems very 2 dimensional when you can't smell anything!

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