Thank you so much, everybody, for your well wishes toward my recovery. I'm not a 100% but am now definitely headed that way. It feels like I've been sick forever.
Art made a huge pot of chicken soup with my directions. He did a great job. I've been having chicken soup for lunch and dinner for over a week. For some reason, every time I get sick I have to get chicken soup. It's the most soothing comfort food. I usually make it myself but this time, I think Art was worried I'd make everybody else sick by making it so he took on the chore.
I tried other cures during my cold and I'm not done trying them yet.
Alka Seltzer Cold Plus: It usually works but this time it didn't do much. I still got up almost every 1.5 hours coughing horribly.
Water: Every time I got up coughing I would sip on water. It was somewhat successful. I think it loosened the cough with so much liquid in me.
Pillows: Propped my head up, but since I keep trying to sleep on my stomach, was only mildly helpful.
Vicks on the Feet: I'm still going to try this. I finally got Vicks yesterday, but my mother insisted I do the cure she'd read about in her Japanese medical journals.
Ginger on the Neck: My mother came up with a small towel soaked in ginger juice. I was quite dubious about this but she'd worked so hard to get the juice that I just had to do it.
But guess what? It worked. I had at least 6 hours uninterrupted sleep last night. The ginger juice actually felt very warm on my neck. That was surprising.
Tonight, I'll try the Vicks on the Feet cure and see what happens. I'm thinking I'm just on the mend now.
Thanks again, everybody!
Annnnndddd... if I'm not better by next week, I promise to go to the doctor. But then, I think I still prefer the ginger cure to an antibiotic that usually gives me diarrhea, etc.
LATER: Oh, oh... I see my neck is red. I hope it fades soon. ALSO, my mother is so excited about the ginger cure working that she wants to make me a ginger-daikon (radish) drink. Hmmmm... the doctor is sounding a little better now.
MUCH LATER: It's been almost 9 hours and my neck is still red. I'm now applying aloe to see if it'll help. Mom is smiling a little sheepishly at me now. I wouldn't recommend this cure.