My household has been sick in one form or another since before Ash Wednesday. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if we don't recover until Easter. I haven't been to Mass, Sunday or daily, since February 19th and I'm getting a little nervous about this Sunday. We're all feeling a lot better but I just can't seem to stop coughing.
Please don't call me. It's terrible. I've been hanging up on everyone to deal with coughing fits. I cough until I almost throw up and then I have terrible sneezing jags. It would be funny if it weren't so miserable. My face is puffy and I think I threw my back out. The kids peek around corners and gently ask if I'm okay. I try to say "No" but all that comes out is "NyaaaackHackHackSpluck".
I am past the point of caring if anyone knows that all of my Lenten promises bit the dust. Not one is left standing (except a rather vague "pray more. work harder")... superseded by fatigue and necessity. Daily Mass, Friday Stations, etc.? I hardly remember what my parish church looks like. Every year, I also give up sweeties.... and for now, I am now crossing that one off of my list as well.
Several minutes ago, I slumped into the office chair (with my eyes dripping, tissues falling and chest convulsing), desperately googling cough remedies. Honey
has a great rep but I just can't stand it right now. I've joined Crash
in my insistence that it will certainly come up again if I try to get it down. Cough syrup is not particularly effective for me.
Then I see a beautiful headline
A Study Finds that Theobromine, A Substance in Chocolate, May Be the Safest and Most Effective Cough Suppressant
SERIOUSLY?? Bang! *That's the sound of my final Lenten resolution hitting the floor*
Theobromine levels are directly proportionate to the cocoa content in chocolate, meaning dark chocolate is the best for suppressing coughs. Read more here
. Dark chocolate just happens to be one of my favorite treats so this scenario is not ideally Lenten. But there does come a time to just eat the chocolate.
The rest of my family seems to be recovering well now and I suspect that my delay is due, in part, to the asthma that I struggle with as the weather warms and the green stuff grows. So, in addition to dark chocolate, I'm adding long, hot showers to my Lenten practices. It sounds a little backwards, I know. You can lecture me via comments or email if you like. Whatever you do...
.... please don't call. Just send chocolate.