Before I begin, I am going to ask you a very important favor; please do not tell my wife she was right. Otherwise, I might not hear the end of it.
As usual, my daughter started school this fall and it was only a matter of weeks before she was bringing home a cold with her. She ended up with the sniffles. I ended up with the full fledge thing; complete with cough, stuffed up head and runny nose.
Right after I got sick, my wife told me I should try the Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine she had purchased. She had taken it the last time she was sick and it worked fantastic. However, I turned her down. This isn’t because I’m stubborn (as she accused me of being). I’m not opposed to taking cold medicines. But, there are only a certain few medicines that actually work for me without making me extremely drowsy (this includes most day-time medicines). Since I have to drive to work and back, this means I need to be careful.
Today, however, I had the day off from work and was just feeling absolutely lousy. Since I didn’t have anything else in the house and really didn’t feel like packing up the kids (my wife was at work) just so I could drive up the street to Walgreen’s, I ended up giving in and giving the Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold a try.
As I mentioned before, don’t tell my wife this, but she was right. This medicine was amazing.
I was still a bit concerned about it making me drowsy (something that wouldn’t be good if I was watching the kids) so, when the instructions called for dissolving the two tablets in four ounces of water, I took the precaution of watering the medicine down by dissolving the tablets in 8 ounces instead. When I did this, I figured it would mean the medicine wouldn’t be as effective. However, I was wrong.
When I took the medicine, I had a stuffed up head and was sneezing and coughing every few minutes. In addition, my nose wasn’t running but I constantly had to blow it. My throat wasn’t sore (like it had been the past couple of days). But, it did feel a bit tight.
I took this medicine and, even in the watered down state, it started working very quickly. My head was clearing up in a matter of minutes and I wasn’t sneezing as bad. After about an hour, I was actually feeling pretty decent. I still could tell I had a cold. But, I could function. The only symptom that wasn’t treated was my cough. However, even that seemed to be reduced quite a bit.
The medicine also worked for much longer than I thought it would. With most medicines, I’m lucky if I get a couple hours of relief. I took this medicine in the morning and it lasted me well into the afternoon. Even more important was the fact it did not make me drowsy.
I did, however, experience one side effect from the medicine. Even though I took it with a full stomach, I ended up burping it up throughout the day. But, that wasn’t anything I couldn’t live with considering it did work so well.
I’m not going to say I’m going to start listening to my wife more often. But, I do think this is a medicine I will try again.