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SallyBR1's picture

I need your good vibes pointed in my direction....

Yesterday I woke up with a light fever and intense headache. My lower back also pretty sore, almost like I had strained a muscle. I took some Alka Seltzer cold medicine and symptoms got better.

THis morning I am not much better, so I'm staying home, trying to recover.

THe idea of training for such a long time to have a problem like this 48 72 hours before the marathon is simply too painful to consider.

I NEED to be 100% by tomorrow, so any advice you have to kill a cold instantaneously is more than welcome. I am taking vitamin C, cold medicine, and resting.

(edited to add - not sure if it should be bump ON the road.... sorry if I again abused the English language)

"The beauty of a Sally is how neatly she can be divided"
(CookiMonster, Dec 2005)


Edited 4/28/2006 8:40 am by SallyBR1

AnnL's picture

(post #45338, reply #1 of 28)

Oh, no!  Sending you good vibes from Mass!  Hang in there.

AnnL
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beebuzzled's picture

(post #45338, reply #2 of 28)

Have you tried Cold FX? I've spoken to a few people who swear by it, though have never tried it myself.


http://www.cold-fx.com/


 

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SallyBR1's picture

(post #45338, reply #3 of 28)

I called several places in town, they don t have it.

Is it something available only in the net???? I won t have time to get it in this case. :-(

 


 


"The beauty of a Sally is how neatly she can be divided"
(CookiMonster, Dec 2005)

elizaram's picture

(post #45338, reply #4 of 28)

Look for Airborne; any well-stocked pharmacy should have it. These are effervescent tablets which you dissolve in water and drink. They contain lots of Vitamin C, zinc, echinacea, and all that other good stuff that's supposed to help the immune system. Take it a the very first sign of a cold and at intervals thereafter.


DH teases me by calling it "witch's brew", but I swear the stuff works more often than not. (And as mom to a 4 year old, I get exposed to every germ that's making the rounds.)


Don't forget staying well hydrated and getting plenty of sleep - nothing out there will work if these two things are neglected!





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beebuzzled's picture

(post #45338, reply #5 of 28)

In Canada, you can get it everywhere. Pharmacies, grocery stores and even Costco stocks it. I'm sorry, but I have no idea of U.S. availability. I just assumed that if grocery stores had Cold FX you could get it anywhere.

Why is the rum always gone?  Captain Jack Sparrow
KitchenWitch's picture

(post #45338, reply #6 of 28)

Try Zicam Cold Remedy. you take it every 4 hours  - it's stopped many a cold for me.
most drugstores and even the dreaded WM carry it.

~RuthAnn


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avak123's picture

(post #45338, reply #7 of 28)

Zicam works wonders!

pamilyn's picture

(post #45338, reply #8 of 28)

Ruthann, I SWEAR by Zicam. My girlfriend turned me onto it. I can't tell you how many colds have been stopped or shortened by it. Pamilyn


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helena's picture

(post #45338, reply #9 of 28)

Sending you best healing wishes. Try not to worry too much, that doesn't help things speed up!!

Marcia's picture

(post #45338, reply #10 of 28)

Sorry to find this so late, Sally, and good luck. Have you considered the possibility of a urinary tract infection with the fever and lower back pain? That worries me, but a garden variety cold is bad enough in your situation. It was most awfully smart of you to stay home.


Feel better!

Astrid's picture

(post #45338, reply #12 of 28)

Unsweetened cranberrry juice 3x a day for urinary tract infection, takes 1-3 days to clear it up. I dilute the juice 1/2 to get it down more easily. Also, irrigating your nasal passages helps with sinus problems.

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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #45338, reply #11 of 28)

You MUST get well! You must!!!

I've got a bag full of Chuck E. Cheese tokens for you so when you finish you can go eat bad pizza and play video games, just like Ellie, lol!

 


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Mimi's picture

(post #45338, reply #13 of 28)

As long as YOU aren't the bump in the road!  Feel better and take care of yourself.


mimi


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SallyBR1's picture

(post #45338, reply #14 of 28)

Update.

I am feeling a little better today, but not 100%.

I hate to do this, but I have to consider plan B - I will run tomorrow as far as I can go, and stop if I feel I need to. In that case, this will serve as a training run (yet another one), and I will sign up for the San Diego Marathon, June 4th

I don t want to have to do it (the idea of training hard for another month and running in warmer weather is not what I had in mind), but it seems that the Running Gods are definitely against me as far as the Memorial Marathon goes.

Maybe some finger-crossing can still help... but I am not quite sure.

Thanks for your patience with my running posts.

 


 


"The beauty of a Sally is how neatly she can be divided"
(CookiMonster, Dec 2005)

KyleW's picture

(post #45338, reply #15 of 28)

I have my fingers crossed for you! Here's one thing I learned at last year's NYC Marathon. If the cold doesn't stop you the cold medicine will. My friend Malachi, the Achilles athlete for whom I serve as Race Valet, had a cold. The morning of the race he felt better but just in case, he took some OTC cold medicine and by mile 16 his head was spinning so badly we had to stop. So here's one man's opinion (worth what you paid for it as my father would say). Go as far as you can, as fast as you can on OJ, cranberry juice or whatever juice, but leave the pills at home. Regardless of how far you go, take huge satisfaction in the trying!

 


At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #45338, reply #16 of 28)

Oh, this is PERFECT advice!

I was going to take a huge dose of cold medicine early in the morning. Now I won t.

Do you think just a simple aspirin would hurt? I was going to take some with me to take at the half marathon point. What do you think?

 


 


"The beauty of a Sally is how neatly she can be divided"
(CookiMonster, Dec 2005)

KyleW's picture

(post #45338, reply #17 of 28)

Extra Strength Tylenol is my constant companion before, during and after these ridiculous undertakings :-) As long as you don't have an aspirin sensitive stomach you should be just fine.

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.


Edited 4/29/2006 9:14 am ET by KyleW

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #45338, reply #18 of 28)

I've taken that too before the 20 miler - I also enjoy Aleve very much for these "ridiculous undertakings"

Why, oh why do we do this?????

Thanks - I just talked to Phil and he said that he would never let me take the OTC cold medicine tomorrow because he knew about this "side effects" as far as running goes. Gotta go the macho route, I guess.

 


 


"The beauty of a Sally is how neatly she can be divided"
(CookiMonster, Dec 2005)

pamilyn's picture

(post #45338, reply #20 of 28)

Why, oh why do you do this? Good question....I never could figure out why you people do this! I have never been athletic so I don't "Get it" Whatever makes you happy.....personally I like to hang out in my garden and pull weeds...LOL.... Good luck tomorrow. Be safe.......Pamilyn


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Edited 4/29/2006 11:28 am ET by pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Jean's picture

(post #45338, reply #21 of 28)

They get hooked on their own endorphins. I'm with you.



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assibams's picture

(post #45338, reply #23 of 28)

I hope this is just a common cold you are talking about, and nothing with fever or the likes. Too many athletes have died due to complications after socalled colds or flu infections that did in fact weaken the heart muscles without them knowing about their problems, popped some OTC, dropped dead, because the medications were only covering up the symptoms. Have a doctor check your heart before you attempt any more running, please!


There's always another marathon, but you only have that one body - do take care!



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SallyBR1's picture

(post #45338, reply #24 of 28)

Don t worry, Assibams - I went to a complete physical last month, with EKG and everything. It was good because believe it or not, they found out I was anemic (????!!!!!)

I eat extremely well, red meat at least once/week, but managed to have very low iron around (how IRONic is that? an iron researcher ironically low on iron)

Apart from the anemia (which hopefully was corrected by taking huge doses of iron sulphate - I will have another blood test next week) - I was pronounced healthy as a horse (cholesterol at 140... he, he, he)

Still, I am feeling better today and will NOT, absolutely NOT - force myself to reach any specific distance tomorrow. I will play it wise and on the safe side, I promise.

If I have to do the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon, so be it. It will be mentally a bit difficult, and it would mean some frequent flyer miles spent to chase a silly dream, but.... that's what frequent flyer miles are for. I spent quite a few trying (unsuccesfully) to attend my Dad's funeral - why not spend them for a happier cause?

(no matter what I write, this situation sucks and I am in a pretty rotten mood, poor hubby does not quite know what to do, and the dogs pretty much decided to lay low... :-)

 


 


"The beauty of a Sally is how neatly she can be divided"
(CookiMonster, Dec 2005)

assibams's picture

(post #45338, reply #25 of 28)

I hear you on anemia, I suffered from severe anemia when I was 17 or 18, couldn't stay awake or alert, was constantly tired. I trained 6 days a week (sprinting and long jump) and my diet was good. The iron injections didn't do it alone for me, I got alternating B12 shots for better iron absorption (those shots hurt really badly). My father was managing director for a hardware company at that time - many a bad pun resulted from that fact, rusty nails anyone. Oddly enough my iron levels were normal during all of my 3 pregnancies, never needed supplements then. Which reminds me, I really need to have my blood checked some time soon, feeling sluggish and tired too often.


Keeping my fingers crossed for a speedy 'decongestation' and a successful completion of your marathon dreams. FWIW you could use your airmiles and run in Berlin :-)



Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

Sondra's picture

(post #45338, reply #19 of 28)

Good luck!!!  I do hope you feel well enough to finish, but it really is about challenging yourself, isn't it??  And, with all the training and prep you've done already, you've already accomplished a personal victory.  Don't be so hard on yourself.  Run for the pleasure of it, and don't hurt yourself.


We'll be waiting here with baited breath for your report.

Regality's picture

(post #45338, reply #22 of 28)

I can't imagine how frustrating this must be for you (since I'm not of the athletic persuasion myself).


I have found that any brand of zinc lozenges works miracles (I'm partial to Cold-Eze).  During the past season I've managed to kill 3 colds.  If you have a flu bug, they might not work as well.


A bit of a caution:  Tylenol (acetaminaphen [sp?]) makes me sleepy, while Motrin and its cohorts (ibuprofen) do not, though they might not ahve the same effects on you.


Many good luck wishes coming your way.


 


 


 


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KyleW's picture

(post #45338, reply #26 of 28)

THe suspense is killing me! How was your day?

 


At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

MadMom's picture

(post #45338, reply #27 of 28)

You missed it...she started a new thread.  The title gives it all away "WE DID IT!!!!"



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KyleW's picture

(post #45338, reply #28 of 28)

Thanks for the redirect :-)

 


At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.