She took me to the doctor. Nope, not strep, just a raw ache that lasted for days and kept me up at night.
Here are some sore throat remedies that and did NOT work:
- Throat spray
- Gargling with salt water
- Gargling with baking soda
- Gargling with hot water
- Hot showers
What the smay?
The doctor suggested drinking hot tea and wrapping a heating pad around my throat. Pretty sure that she was thinking that if I asphyxiated on the cord she wouldn't have to listen to my whiny ass anymore.
Erin and I have an electric teapot which can fire up a steaming mug in about two minutes. Desperate one night, I tried the tea. If I drank a few sips every hour I could sleep for a little while. But the affects didn't last long and the more I did it, the worse my throat seemed to get.
By the third night of not sleeping, I had an epiphany. I'd done everything everyone said to try, why not the opposite. So at three in the morning I slipped downstairs and got a big cup of ice water. INSTANT RELIEF!!! I chewed the ice until my teeth felt like they were going to splinter, but for the first time in days I got four hours of continuous sleep.
Normally I don't post about my woes, but no one suggested ice to relieve a sore throat, so I'm posting here, hoping to help some other poor sap unable to get some good z's and some relief.
Getting the deets from Deek. 'Till later!