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Sore Throat and Fever

September 12, 2010

For the last couple of days, I have been suffering from an acute case of sore throat and mild fever because to that. Food is tasteless; the nose is blocked and so are my ears. I know that I would make the perfect “case study” to an ENT doctor, but I’d rather let nature take its course.

My friends have accused me of being “obtuse” but I’d personally prefer the term “old-fashioned”. I hate visiting a doctor!

The worst part of this damn thing is that everything tastes the same! The very thought of eating does not inspire any poetic passion as it usually does. I get reminded of what my grandfather used to say when he was down with cold.

Naaku sethu pochu” (The tongue is dead) my grandfather would painfully declare. He appreciated a fine rasam and sambar. RIP KPR!

I fell ill on Wednesday, did not go to office on Thursday as I was busy recuperating; in other words “sleeping”. On Friday, I deemed that I was fit enough to go to office and reached office promptly at 9 AM. But then, it just took two sneezes from me, for the others to get convinced that I should stay at home and not be within 500 feet of the office premises. So I had to take a leave on Friday as well.

I have seen/heard many people sneeze, which is barely in the audible range. I have no idea as to how they do it.

Does nature provide a genetic silencer? Coz I do not seem to have it.

My dry cough, which usually racks the insides of my chest, sounds like a Pulsar-180 (badly in need of an engine service) misfiring and my sneeze, sounds much like a cross between a bomb explosion and a jet fighter going supersonic. The louder it is, the surer I am that I have released more germs into the atmosphere.

No wonder, my colleagues wanted me to go back home on Friday. I only wish that I had lived in the time of ancient Greece where a loud sneeze was considered to be a sign of goodwill from the Gods. A legend tells us that a bloke long back, even convinced the Grecian army to declare war on its enemy, thanks to the decibel count of a sneeze!!!

As usual, the public have been lavish in their advice. The truth is that every person is an expert when it comes to other’s health.

Tylenol dude; this stuff should do the trick,” was a piece of advice I received.

What Paracetamol is to India; Tylenol is to America. But after having it in the tablet and liquid form for three days, it has not made much of a difference.

Drink a lot of Rasam and chicken soup. It works wonders for the throat,” was another piece of advice I received.

I have been doing that for three days now but to no avail. The CS for the soul sucked and so does, CS for the throat.

Three spoons of brandy in a cup of warm water,” was another excellent piece of advice I received.

This was the kind of remedy that my soul yearned for but I got over-anxious and went in for the kill. I had three spoons of water in a cup of warm brandy with a pinch of pepper. It also did not work but strangely, I felt positively buoyant after having it. The therapeutic qualities of brandy though temporary in nature, are hard to deny. Our old fashioned remedies sometimes work better than modern medicine.

Stand on your head for half an hour,” was another one that I heard.

Nope, I did not try it, in case you are wondering! The prognosis from mere sore throat/fever is a lot easier than a prognosis from sore throat/fever coupled with a sprained neck.

If any of you should try this one out, please do let me know.

Anyways, from experience, I know that the only thing which actually works is living a blameless, abstemious, vegetarian life for a few days coupled with a lot of sleep.

Hopefully, I will be back in full form by next week and start creating kalippus again.

PS: Listening to this song now.

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  1. September 12, 2010 7:02 am

    The very thought of eating does not inspire any poetic passion as it usually does.

    Good grief! I didn’t take you seriously till i read that line. EOG, you are truly ill!
    OG: hahahaha 😛
    About the sneezing & coughing volumes, it grieves me to say thatit can’t be helped in your case . I’ve read some literature about volume of sneezing being directly proportional to “the original sin” quotient in a person… :mrgreen:
    OG: podi podi!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You got a day off coz of your sneeze and you’re complaining?! 👿
    Get back to our country… even if you have conjunctivitis, you are expected to wear dark glasses and complete your workload! 😥
    OG: good point actually !
    The truth is that every person is an expert when it comes to other’s health.
    Now that is true! It’s always safe to experiment with remedies on another person than on yourself! Elementary!!!!

    Rasam is the cure, i will stand by that!!!
    OG: agree to that as well 😛

    The therapeutic qualities of brandy though temporary in nature, are hard to deny. Our old fashioned remedies sometimes work better than modern medicine.

    😆 Waste!!!! Comblete Waizte!!
    OG: podi podi!!!!!!! I blame my friend for giving me the suggestion!
    Just for that promise that you will get back to creating kalippus, hope you’re better soon!

    Wellness Hugs! (yes, it’s copyrighted 🙄 )
    OG: just normal hugs to you!

  2. September 12, 2010 7:19 am

    Thalle paniya? Ithu pukilanu ketta. Brandikalokke kudichu rest edukkade. 😀
    OG: hahahaha 😛 indian trip hangover anno??? thalle nenjallu therichu ethiya?

    • September 12, 2010 10:59 am

      DON SOLI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

      hugsssssssssssss! tum aagayela hai…toh apunka tabiyat mast ho gayela hai!!!
      the lungi & red shirt & beedi, sakshi & crafty… all lying in wait!!!! 😀

      • September 13, 2010 4:35 am

        Err did someone open the bottle and call out for Yakshi 😳 I mean Sakshi? Crafty bole tho kaha chalna hai phor hafta Vasooli? Jab se Don gaya coconut desh main apun ko bada sa Chori’s in both hands :mrgreen:

        • September 13, 2010 4:09 pm

          Sakshi bhiddu!!!!! U know that famous saying… “When hands mein chorri…then you must chorrify”

          We can start hafta vasooli from this EOG… that will bring joy to Don Soli and peace to me and relief from chorri to you!!!
          kaisa laga plan?

          *EOG has doubled locked his door and barricaded it with a fridge, dosa pan & himself*

  3. September 13, 2010 1:28 am

    Was this brought on by your friend’s blue shoes?
    OG: good one Bones!
    All I can say is “Get well soon!”
    OG: a lot better now, thanks!

  4. September 13, 2010 2:04 am

    We had a saying, if you take medicine, cold goes in 7 days… and if you dont take medicine it goes in a week !!!!! 😀 😀
    OG: hahahaha, good one mate!
    so stay it must, do whatever till atleast a week !!!! 🙂 🙂 by the way you should really have tried standing on the head !!!! 😛 😛
    OG: waiting for someone else to try it out!

  5. September 13, 2010 4:38 am

    You need some Puttu Kadala to cure your illness? i promise you don’t have to come within 200 yards of Yakshi for that 😛 All you need to do is keep your car doors unlocked and I can slip a Banana Leaf parcel in there :mrgreen:
    OG: haha 😛 promise?????? :mrgreen:
    Get well soon…no wonder India Cash and carry didn’t have any fridge type customer this weekend 😉
    OG: I have actually stopped going there now 😛 go to wolfe india bazaar nowadays as it is closer to home!

  6. September 13, 2010 11:36 am

    3 spoons hot water in 1 cup brandy? kollam! nannayittundu! 😀 😛
    OG: haha 😛
    I have seen/heard many people sneeze, which is barely in the audible range. I have no idea as to how they do it.
    I completely agree… 🙄
    The way some ppl suck in their breath and throw back their head…u wait for the explosion. And then…poof! Sneeze gets over and u r wondering what really happened?
    Its definitely genetic! 😛 has to be!

    ROFL @ ur description of ur cough and sneeze! 😀
    Hope Rajamma/Dosamma will be able take it. You can gift her a pair of ear plugs for ur wedding!!! :mrgreen:
    OG: athe athe!
    Take care and get well soon! Oh, and do let us know in case u try the standing on ur head remedy! 😀 😀
    OG: danku!

    • September 13, 2010 4:06 pm

      Hope Rajamma/Dosamma will be able take it.

      Ash, Rajamma / Dosamma will be blown off her feet 😆 :mrgreen:
      OG: hahaha!

  7. September 13, 2010 11:46 am

    and you know what you shouldnt do when you are ill ??? NEVER INFORM YOUR FOLKS BACK HOME. They will have only one thing to tell — “see, this is why we want you to get married; there would be someone to take care of you” 😀 😀 😀

    My mom tried that trick on me once (before wedding 😉 ) and I said, “All I need is a nurse, why get married for that!!! Do I have to get a tea estate to drink tea ??? ”
    OG: yes yes, good one!
    Get well soon man ! 😀 and if you have any doubts, ask charlie ! 😀
    OG: better aliya, thanks!

    • September 14, 2010 10:26 am

      Ur mom should have known…’nayade vaalu..pantheerandu kollam kuzhalil ittalum..valanje irikku ennu!!” or she wudnt have hoped ud get better if u married! i pity her..and the consequent result – laxmi!

      • September 14, 2010 10:28 am

        yeah, women can be dumb at times ! 😀 😀 😀 😀

  8. September 13, 2010 8:49 pm

    /*I have seen/heard many people sneeze, which is barely in the audible range. I have no idea as to how they do it.

    Does nature provide a genetic silencer? Coz I do not seem to have it.*/

    ROFL 😆 enjoyed reading the post OG 🙂 🙂

    Hope you are better now 🙂
    OG: thanks machi!

  9. September 14, 2010 5:48 am

    Theres this saying – If u take medicines for cold, you’ll be cured in 15 days….otherwise, it’ll take 2 weeks… 😉 😉 😉

    Anyway, let me also tell my side of the treatment – do you happen to have eucalyptus oil with you ??? or just take plain vicks – put it in hot water and do a steam inhalation – thrice a day. Drink milk boiled with pepper and haldi, to reduce the dry cough.

    Sleep well and take rest. 🙂 Get well soon. 🙂
    OG: thanks! ums……. better now!

    • September 14, 2010 10:12 am

      I guess the number of days in the ‘saying’ increases as we go down south !!! check out Hitchwriters comment !! 😛 😛 😛 😛

      • September 17, 2010 4:36 pm

        Shit…I didnt read Hitch’s comment at alll…. LOL !!!

        Vimmuuu….not only the number of days increases, the length of the stick too increases to give a whack… 😉

  10. September 14, 2010 10:29 am

    no advices..as im no expert..im a consistent carrier of cold virus! 🙂
    get well soon is all i can say…
    and yaa..say charlie that u just dnt need advices n ‘certain’ things in life! 😛
    OG: haha! 😛 thanks!

  11. September 15, 2010 7:32 am

    Many a times i fell ill with same symptoms.
    Its very hard to go along with it.
    Even your fav Food seems tasteless for you.
    What i do is just go to doctor and wait and yes i do gargle sometime with little salt that soothes your throat but just for time being.
    Hope your are out of it now.

  12. Brataasur permalink
    September 15, 2010 8:59 pm

    6 poratta ..pinne…oru mutton fry parcel!!

    always does the trick for me! 🙂

    • Brataasur permalink
      September 15, 2010 9:00 pm

      btw tht was one UGLY looking horse in tht video!!

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