Bill KirbyOnline news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Immunity is common response to cold meds

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The threat of a neglected cold is for doctors what the threat of purgatory is for priests – a gold mine.

– Nicholas Chamfort

I have had a cold for the past month.

I don’t think I’ve ever had one this long. It seems to ebb and flow in discomfort – never quite bad, but never quite gone.

I’ve used the usual over-the-counter remedies that have worked in the past. None seem to knock it out, but I’m not surprised.

My theory on cold cures is that everything I try will work the first time, but then I will build up an immunity to the cure.

The next time Mr. Cold comes to call, last winter’s rescue is this winter’s failure.

I’m thinking folk remedies are my next solution. Any ideas?

CHILD’S PLAY: Congrat­ulations to my nephew and his wife on the birth of their first child Wednesday – a son. They made a grandmother of my little sister, who announced the event on the Internet with no words, but simply a photo.

They can now start talking like modern parents:

  • A child’s bedroom isn’t cluttered; it’s “passage restrictive.”
  • Kids don’t get in trouble anymore. They merely hit “social speed bumps.”
  • They’re not shy. They’re “conversationally selective.”
  • They don’t talk too much. They’re “abundantly verbal.”
  • It’s not called gossip. It’s “transmission of near-factual information.”
  • He’s not sleeping in class. He’s “rationing consciousness.”
  • He wasn’t sent to the principal’s office. He simply went on a “mandatory field trip to the administrative building.”

SQUIRREL REPORT: My well-known challenges with squirrels lead people to seek my advice on getting rid of them. This happens often when we have cold days and the bushy tails get into attics. I usually reply there are several methods, none of which I’ve found successful.

I called my father, who suggested baptizing the squirrels.

“That way,” he said, “there’s a good chance you’d only see them on Christmas and Easter.”

TODAY’S JOKE: Two first-time hunters are out in the woods when suddenly one grabs his chest and falls to the ground.

He doesn’t seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head.

The second hunter whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He gasps to the operator, “I think my buddy is dead! What should I do?”

The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, “Just take it easy and follow my instructions. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.”

There is a silence … and then a shot is heard.

Then a voice comes back on the line, “OK … now what?”

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shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 01/05/12 - 08:55 pm
Bill I remember about 20

Bill I remember about 20 years ago I had an important meeting and I was so stuffed up I could heardly breathe much less talk. I told a friend who was on his way to pick me up that I might have to postpone the meeting. He told me to sit tight and he would be there with a cure.
He brought Alka-Seltser Cold tablets.
Within 5 minutes after drinking it I could not only breathe fine but it was like a miracle drug. The next time I took it though it didn't work as good as that first time. Like I said it was at least 20 something years ago and I think they've changed the "active ingredient" but whatever it was worked great. Other than that you just have to ride it out.

Richmnd Cty Votr
Richmnd Cty Votr 01/06/12 - 11:38 am
Mr. Bill, This is an old

Mr. Bill,
This is an old family recipe, cheap too! Get a cotton swab, and soak it in some peroxide. Clean out both nostrils one with each end. Sometimes I put it on my toothbrush and brush with it, sometimes gargeling. Anytime I feel stuffy I do this, may be once or may be 5 times a day.Then take something like Tylenol Cold medicine. The peroxide Sanitizes your too brush too! If you are around folks that are sick or out and about during cold season, I recommend going home, and doing it for prevention.

fftaz71 01/06/12 - 01:41 pm
Saline nasal rinses with

Saline nasal rinses with distilled water, and salt water gargles do good things for me. I use a neil-med squeeze bottle- pour in the proper amount of distilled water (hot as you can stand) and mix in a packet that comes with the bottle and then rinse.
Gramma used to put some vicks vaporub in a bowl of hot water and put a towel over her head & the bowl while she inhaled the steam...

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