Beemer (dr_tectonic) wrote,

All Hail the Zinc Lozenge

Well, I think that... worked.

So Tuesday, we had a very lovely birthday dinner for musikub at Amu, an upscale Japanese restaurant in Boulder. After we got home, I started to feel a bit of a cold coming on: I had some post-nasal drip and the start of a sore throat and the general feeling of mucus membranes in my sinuses being unhappy, you know how that is? One of those that I could tell was going to hit pretty hard and probably linger.

At bedtime, then, I decided to be sensible, and started sucking on a zinc lozenge. (Zinc gluconate glycine, that is, which is apparently the thing that has actual clinical evidence backing up its efficacy.)

And then I slept really poorly. I think I got one normal sleep cycle in, and after that for some reason I was AWAKE. I dinked around on the computer until about 5-ish before I felt tired again, and then went back to bed, but had to actually set an alarm (feh!) and get up because I had to be at a meeting at work at 10. So all told I think I got about 3 hours of sleep, bluh.

I kept sucking on zinc lozenges the whole time, by the way, so by the time I got to work yesterday, in addition to feeling all muzzy and melty-brained, I also felt just saturated with horrible zinc-y aftertaste.

Came home early, had chicken soup for dinner, was too low-energy to even attempt to accomplish anything productive, and went to bed at a thoroughly reasonable hour

And this morning I feel... fine. Maybe a tiny bit stuffy, but overall, yeah. I don't feel sick. So I'm gonna call that a success.

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