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Who You Gonna Call? SNOTBUSTERS!

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   14 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

bitmoji1724094733There’s a nasty flu going around, and I’m doing my best to avoid it. Both of my daughters picked it up, and I’m giving them sympathy from afar. My youngest had it morph to bronchitis, which is the norm for her whenever she runs into sinus trouble, and my older daughter sounds like she has an elephant stuffed up her nose.

Please, oh, please, oh, please, dear gods of viruses and all bacterial nastiness, do not lay this thing on me. I’m working on a deadline here! I cannot be sick! Gak!

From typing medical transcription, I know the routine the docs are giving patients: Mucinex DM at night, Mucinex D during the day, over-the-counter Flonase 2 puffs before bed, and whatever cough medicine suits your fancy (if you’re living right they’ll prescribe the good stuff with codeine and you’ll sleep all night). I gave all this information to my youngest, who was very unhappy with me when the Mucinex did what it was supposed to, which was to bust up all the icky snot. She coughed and blew her nose continuously for hours. A trip to the doctor forced her to admit that my advice was exactly correct. Turns out the doctor told her to do what I already had her doing. The only thing the doc did that I couldn’t was prescribe antibiotics for the bronchitis and ear infection and give her a steroid shot in her butt.

I’d like to say I took the high road, that I didn’t laugh out loud and say, “Well, I told you so!” I’d like to say I took the high road.



Karma might find me now and stick me with the crud for rubbing her congested little nose in my mommy-knows-best-iness. That really wasn’t very nice of me. But it felt good. 🙂

Many moons ago—back in 2010—I suffered a miserable summer cold and posted the recipe for my grandmother’s hot toddy, which works wonders for sore throats and stuffy noses. I think it’s worth another mention, what with summer colds making the rounds again. So here’s the link to that post. Give it a click and save the recipe. You won’t be sorry. Grandma really knew what’s what:  Grandma’s Hot Toddy

That’s it for now, buttercup. Doctor Lisa signing off.   bitmoji-1904127548


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14 Responses to "Who You Gonna Call? SNOTBUSTERS!"

  1. Comment by claudia mundell
    August 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm  

    Oh I hate to hear this is starting so soon. But here hummingbirds were early…red leaves are already starting early, the mornings feel like autumn already!!! I am just now getting out some but have been warned on chemo that when flu season starts I must STAY home with little company. Boo Hoo for me….hope you all feel better down there!!!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 1, 2016 at 7:54 am  

      So happy to see you commenting here! I’ve missed you! And I’m so glad that you’re feeling well enough to surf the net a little bit. It must be frustrating for you to have to stay home, because you’re such a goer/doer, but at least the weather is nice so you can sit outdoors with a cup of tea. xoxo

  2. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    August 31, 2016 at 7:51 pm  

    I hope you’re able to avoid the snot plague, too. 🙂 It’s raining cats and dogs here and has been all day. I think this is the most rain we’ve had in one day since moving here 3 years ago. No sun at all since early morning, it’s perfect for reading or typing on my computer with a fuzzy doggie on my lap. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 1, 2016 at 7:51 am  

      Buttons is probably thrilled with the rain as it means you’re staying in with him! We aren’t expecting rain here, just cooler temps throughout the weekend, which we’re all ready for. Hoping to take a boat day this weekend, but I’m on deadline with a children’s story and have to work at least two of the long weekend days. I’ll find time for fun though, as long as my drippy nose (just started…gak!) doesn’t turn into something worse.

  3. Comment by Rob
    August 31, 2016 at 7:57 pm  

    That’s how my mom made hot toddies, except she added cloves.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 1, 2016 at 7:49 am  

      Cloves sounds like a nice addition. Now I’m forced to fix a hot toddy just to try it. 🙂

      • Comment by Robert Robinson
        September 1, 2016 at 9:46 am  

        You don’t have to wait till you get sick to drink toddies. I’ve found them to be a great preventive measure, as well. But for that you don’t really need the cloves . . . you don’t really need the honey and hot water either.

        • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
          September 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm  

          🙂 Ha.

  4. Comment by Pat
    August 31, 2016 at 8:58 pm  

    How’d you know? I’m blowing my nose between keyboard taps.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 1, 2016 at 7:48 am  

      Aw, I’m sorry, Pat. Well . . . hot toddy time! 🙂

  5. Comment by Lynn M. Obermoeller
    September 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm  

    I hope you stay well, my friend. Maybe that’s what I had some time back – a month or so ago. I thought it was food poisoning, but it may have been. And well, I’m such a blogger loser lately – haven’t blogged on my blog since egads JULY and haven’t read any since either. I don’t think. I plan to post soon and give a shout out on your new book and give a copy a way… even though they haven’t come in yet, but… hey, I’m getting there. Mom’s know best, not sure why those kiddos of ours don’t realize that!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm  

      Always good to hear from you, no matter when or how. Seeing your name is a pick-me-up!

  6. Comment by Sioux
    September 4, 2016 at 10:27 am  

    Lisa–I guess if you relapse too many times in a row when it comes to your cold, you also might lapse into an alcoholic stupor? 😉 I know there are evenings when a hot bath calls me… A good book and a hot toddy would just make it even better.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm  

      My alcoholic stupor days are long gone. lol A good book is always a pick-me-up, though, even without the toddy.

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