We’ve been busy this week, with several of us starting school again and/or planning our last weekend of summer loafing, but even though–or rather, especially because–I will be languishing in the hellhole known as the Kings County Prospective Juror Playpen all day (please, please send your good, speedy thoughts!), a Friday Fun Thread is definitely in order.
And this week’s topic is thanks to the Dude, who has been doing his own languishing on the threshold between “sick” and “eh, just a little off.” Every evening since Sunday, he has declared that he might call in sick in the morning, only to haul his run-down, scratchy-coughing tuchis into work each day. I don’t know if it’s his sturdy, responsible, German-Lutheran heritage or his love of central air conditioning, but despite having racked up a huge amount of sick-leave, off he went, pockets full of lozenges.
And, starting Monday, although he is not generally a whiskey drinker, he ended each day with a hot toddy, even though it has topped 90 degrees all week. He believes in the power of the toddy.
I do not. But I have my own ideas about what works…depending on the ailment: Advil (for any sort of ache or pain), saltines (for anything wrong with your GI system), and Dimetapp (for anything ear-n0se-and-throat). The effect of the last, an OTC children’s cold remedy that I LOVED as a kid, is probably 95% placebo, but I don’t care. Something about that awesome, fake-grape flavor is immensely soothing to me, regardless of my symptoms. Likewise, the sharp-fresh smell and sting of Bactine for cuts and abrasions. If my leg got lopped off by a chainsaw, I’d want some Bactine. Logical? Maybe not. But it makes me feel better.
These may not work for you, but they don’t have to. You’ve got your own. Grandma’s soup, epsom salts, iodine…Windex? This week, let’s talk about all the wacky, time-tested-but- perhaps-scientifically-dubious treatments we embrace. when we’re not quite sick enough to go see a professional, or just when we need a little extra TLC. Give me your panaceas, nostrums, and magic potions. If I run out of Dimetapp, what should I take?