Day 314 – Agh! I Seem to Be Sick!

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I woke up this morning with an odd feeling sore throat. It hurts at the top of my mouth, behind my uvula. Against the recommendation of one of my friends, I have been taking the Vitamin C powder supplement and I have been working up the amount I take each day.

I started out taking 1000mg (1/4 teaspoon) morning and night on the first day. The next day I took 1/2 teaspoon morning and night. The next day I took 1 teaspoon in the morning and 1/2 teaspoon at night. Then it was a work day and I stayed at that dose for the days I work. Yesterday I was at 1 teaspoon morning and night. This morning I woke up with a sore throat and decided to take 2 teaspoons in the morning and one in the evening.

I drink the Vitamin C in plain water and it is very sour. So sour in fact that it tastes like bile. I'm a little worried about my teeth being exposed to this strong acid. One teaspoon in 2 cups of water is pretty sour, and that's what I had before I went to bed last night.

When I woke up with the sore throat, the first thing I thought about was that maybe some of the tiny grains of Vitamin C got up behind my uvula and burned it during the night. But number one, wouldn't it burn while it was sitting there? I told my husband I had a sore throat and he said his throat was a little scratchy, too. Then later in the day I told him I was feeling awful and had been in bed for some of the day and he said his throat hadn't bothered him since morning.

After he left I tried to go back to sleep but I soon realized I was hungry so I got up because I knew there was leftover chicken soup in the fridge. Only my husband had already bagged the broth and put it into the freezer. Just before he left, in fact. I rescued one of the bags and put a couple of cups into a pan to heat up. I then sauteed 1/3 of a head of cabbage until it was done and added it to the hot broth with a fresh minced clove of garlic.

I gargled with warm salt water with a bit of raw apple cider vinegar and ouch, it burned!! I took more of the Vitamin C, I decided since I was feeling sick to up it to 2 teaspoons. Man, did that ever burn the back of my throat!

I ended up taking one tablespoon of cod liver oil and echinachea a bit later in the day. I was trying to do everything I know to not get really sick. At least so far it hasn't affected my breathing, that's always something I fear. Especially now that I'm off my asthma medication, I am not sure what will happen when I get sick. Will the asthma kick up again? Will I end up having to go back on medication? I sure hope not.

One of my favorite comfort foods when I'm sick is buttered egg noodles. Sigh. I sure do miss them sometimes. 🙁  Even better, I used to have warm milk with butter and egg noodles. Oh boy. So yummy and comforting. But not anymore.

I also took a detox bath today, hoping that would help.

I don't feel too horrible physically, although my sinuses do seem to be affected in that they are clogged and it's hard to breathe through my nose.

So… to the best of my knowledge, this is the first time I've been sick with a something like a cold on GAPS. My husband said maybe I'm having die off.

I don't know. I just know my throat hurts. Oh, and I ordered a big bag of gelatin [affiliate link] capsules and a capsule filler “machine”. I ordered the OO capsules, and apparently it takes FIVE of them to hold one teaspoon. Sheesh. That's means I'll be taking like a dozen of them filled with Vitamin C. I just can't continue to drink that stuff. The adrenal fatigue book says you can't just abruptly stop taking Vitamin C, you have to taper down, just like you taper up.

I took 8000mg this morning… no problems with bowel tolerance at that amount. Gosh, how much will I need to take? I took another 4000mg tonight. It burned my throat going down again.

It sure is weird how colds are different. I guess this bacteria affects the uvula. I am gargling with strong salt water often. I hope no one else gets this. I hate getting sick. Oh, and I think I'm beginning to have hot flashes again. They are very mild so far.

My thumbs continue to feel okay. Actually today they were bothering me a bit more than they have been. I'm still taking the glucosamine chondrotin. I've ordered a new kind from our food coop. And I'm getting some organic cashews from coop this month. Three pounds for $19.44. I'm looking forward to trying this… hmmm… I thought I ran across a recipe for hot cashew milk as a substitute for cocoa. I really love having something warm and creamy in the morning.

And that's all I have to report today. I need to get myself to bed. The Lights Out book says we should be sleeping 9 1/2 hours a night. I can't do that. There is just no way because I work. I could try real hard to do it on the weekends though. I don't know if I can manage it. I don't seem to be able to sleep much longer than 8 hours, even though my back now allows me to sleep much longer.


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