“My cold is worse than yours because it’s happening to me!”

For many year now I’ve had nary a cold.  Even though I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn last night, I’m gong to share with you what works for me.  Do not take this as medical advice unless you’re desperate and/or extremely gullible.

Someone once recommended that I drink one of those vitamin C drinks every day to ward off colds.  They are those fizzy drinks that supposedly taste like fruit.  Not.  I am too lazy and scatterbrained for such a regimen.

What I Do, by Grandma Pat, which is beginning to sound like an essay assignment.

The minute I feel a cold coming on, I immediately get some zinc tablets.  This is my favorite brand.


I religiously follow the directions, being careful not to chew them, which is stated clearly on the label.

I follow this with 8-ounces of warm water with the juice of  half of a lemon mixed in.  Or I do this first.  I also consume about a gallon of OJ in one day.  Half gallon a.m. and half p.m.  My addictive personality outlaws the brandy honey route.  Whatever.

Be advised.  The OJ should be the real stuff and not an orange drink.  Such drinks are mostly water and sweeter of some kind along with natural flavorings.  Define natural, please.

To this regime I add moderate whining and naps.  If a sore throat seems to be rearing its ugly head, I gargle with warm salt water.  Adding all this together, I generally avoid the cold coming to fruition, or I’m simply a hypochondriac and there never was a cold in the first place.

I was going to end by quoting folklore that advises people to feed a cold and starve a fever or the other way around, but when I was looking this up in order to get this correct (why start now, you might ask) it seems that the new advice is to feed a cold and feed a fever,  Yes!  Time to eat, again.

If you want more information on the reasons to hydrate, which includes talk about things like mucus, feel free to explore the internet.  I’m out of here.

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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