Monday, January 29, 2007

Has anyone seen my immune system?

I'm sure it must be round here somewhere.

We've always had a really good relationship, me and my immune system. Last year we were particularly close - I didn't have a single cold all winter.

This year ... I'm just embarking on the 4th miserable virus of the season.

Have I done something to upset it? I feed it lots of fresh fruit and veg. Maybe it thought I was taking it for granted ... I swear I didn't and I wouldn't.

Maybe it's lost its memory and is wandering round somewhere searching for a way back to me. Or could someone have nicked it, jealous of our special relationship?

If you should happen to stumble across my immune system, please give it this message from me:

I love you. I need you. I can't live without you. Please come back ...

21 comments:

Atyllah said...

Oh you poor thing, you really are having a rough time of it.
Have you considered a good tonic of some sort. Granny recommends worms boiled with corn, garlic and parsley - but I personally wouldn't advocate it.
I hate to be the one to say this, but I've heard that bobba's homemade chicken (aaaaaaaaaargh!) soup is the best cure. Just don't tell anyone you heard it from me!

Minx said...

Sorry, Debi, no, haven't seen it. Bit remiss of it to go astray during the season of snot and sneezes. I should have a quiet word with it when it turns up.

I take it G has moved out? Especially as you now appear to turned into a cold worse than death!

The Moon Topples said...

Debi: As far as I can tell, it hasn't come to Chicago. Hope this narrows the search.

I've had great luck this winter with a cocktail of hot lemon ginger tea, honey and whiskey, if it helps.

Verilion said...

It's not in Paris either, but I guess that's because the magnesium tablets I'm on has the rather unfortunate side effect of extreme flatulence! I've kind of cut down on them though, so if I see it, I'll pass on the message.

Meloney Lemon said...

Sorry to hear you've lost your immune system. Think I know who's borrowed it..and he's just popped out for a run...come back here with that right now!

Minx said...

V has stumbled on an ancient cure, or preventitive medicine, that was used in times past. Extreme flatulence and bath avoidance were very effective in keeping the population and their inconvenient germs at bay.

Debi said...

Thank you all for looking. I suspect it's got a wicked sense of humour and is lurking somewhere close to home (though I've checked my knicker drawer and it's not in there).

As for advice, much appreciated.

Aty - do NOT tell G the boiled worm cure - he'd be digging up slimies quicker than you can blink. He did force raw garlic in omega oil followed by an orange down my swollen throat yesterday. Tried the soup, though without the chicken, you'll be relieved to hear.

Minx - he wouldn't move out but preparations are afoot to make a bed for me on the balcony I think.

MT - tried that one without the whisky. Got an ancient bottle of Malibu - would that help?

V - I have 2 sons so I know all about extreme flatulence. You could be onto something here. I wouldn't blame my immune system for doing a runner ...

Meloney - that would be dreadful, wouldn't it? He nicks my immune system and then blames me for it. Huh!

Cailleach said...

Bioforce Echinacea Forte by A. Vogel. Tablets rather than a soluble drink, but they work for me. Kids have the dreaded throat thing, which is being closely followed by the winter vomiting bug, but I have yet to succumb - touch wood...

Cailleach said...

and another Irish hug too {{{{Debi}}}}

Caroline said...

I have two sick children off today. Perhaps immune systems are being lured away into a dark tunnel and perhaps they thought they were going somewhere pretty and it isn't and now they're sad and trapped and they need rescuing.

OMG.
Please find the immune systems. They need out help.

Marie said...

Manuka Honey is great for the immune system. I like to sweeten my tea with it and I can honestly say that I haven't had a cold since I began buying it about 2 years ago. It's a bit expensive, but it lasts me about six weeks. It's available from health food shops.

Debi said...

Manuka honey ... echinacea ... been there, seen it, done it.

The hugs were good though. Sending some to you all and to mini Cailleachs and Carolines.

Minx said...

Oh for goodness sake, I don't usually give people the cure, but I feel sorry for you....

Take:
1 comfy sofa
1 source of heat (furnace like)
1 large dose of your drug of choice
1 large box of man-sized tisues
1 extra large box of chocolates
- and mix with that soppy film that always makes you cry.

Continue with the medicine until either you run out of drugs or the film starts to make you feel a little queasy. You should feel better in five to six days.

kath t said...

Your immune system is very strong and has been blasted by the King Kong of virus, it's probably have a bit of a lay down for a bit to commence the battle.

May be a good idea to go to a crowded place spread the virus around, so when your're on the turn they'll all be out of circulation and won't hamper your're recovery!!!

Ps to Minx's fabulous sounding cure, if it's man flu it'll take another 4 days.

Shameless said...

drink loads more wine, deb! :)

Verilion said...

I like the idea of Man flu. In my experience it's just the same as woman flu, but men just have to whinge more, hence the extra four days.

admiral baggshott said...

man flu? men only whinge more about colds because we get ill less regularly than you girls. jeez...you lot are whinging and moaning once a month. you have more practice at feeling ill that's all!

Debi said...

Yeah Admiral. I only whinge once a month - only it lasts all month ... I feel positively male ...

admiral baggshott said...

thats not an illness - that's called sexism.

Debi said...

Tee hee, Admirable. Whereas your comment was ... well ... er ... true I suppose?

Saaleha said...

The old Indian remedies are all very interesting. One involves a concoction of milk heated up with a cinnamon stick, freshly grated ginger, a cinnamon stick, some cardamom and tumeric. Allow to infuse, strain, add some honey and drink. It's actually rather delicious. Hope resistance stops resistance all your attempts at wooing.