We have a new member of the family! She came about a month ago, and even though I expected her to leave after a few days, she decided to stay and make herself at home. Her name is Mabel. Not only did she stay, she kind of demands most of my energy and attention and keeps thing from getting done around here. I tried dropping subtle hints with Hall’s Cough Drops and hot tea, but that didn’t work. So I moved on to stronger home remedies, that also failed. 2 trips to the doctor and several prescriptions later, she got angry and dug in her heels then laughed at me.
Mabel is my cough.
Yes. I know it’s weird to name a cough,but you would too, because this cough has a STRONG personality and a mind of it’s own. It makes the doctor go “hum” and throw around words like “I wonder why that doesn’t work” and “specialist”.
The medications he has prescribed, the ones that make her mad? Those ones…uh boy. An angry cough at 9pm that results in a restless night spent sleeping upright next to a humidifier set at 90% is not to be trifled with.
So I am trying this and that and the other, ranging from an assortment of herbal teas and remedies to the aformentioned assortment of pharmaceuticals (normally I am a fan of Big Pharma and I know it’s just a case of finding the right one… but still…) and nothing much works. The best I can do so far is trying to calm her down with hot tea and NO TALKING, NO HEAVY BREATHING (as required by my favorite activities of singing, gardening ) and NO COLD FOODS OR DRINKS. in other words, no Saturdays nights at the pub, singing loudly drinking ice cold martinis and general conviviality.
I reckon Mabel is a disapproving-of-everything Puritanical (in the perjorative sense) old biddy.
and she WON’T LEAVE!