Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Vicks on the Soles of My Feet

After my little adventures in chasing Ida last week, I've come down with a nasty infection. Now, logically I know that it is a myth that you get sick from being wet or cold, you get sick from coming in contact with germs and bacteria, but regardless, I am blaming Ida. Wading in flooded streets just to run to the corner store, going to the beach to capture waves on film and getting a wee bit wet, then the ins and outs of air conditioning inside/humid and warm outside, somewhere along the way my system lost its ability to fight the germs and here I am at home with a nose full of mocos. It really hit me like a tonne of bricks, totally fine and healthy as a horse on Sunday night, a tickle in my throat Monday morning and by Monday afternoon a full on "Ithinkimgonnadie" sicky woman moaning on the couch.

I thought I would be ok just using the usual remedies, lots of liquids, echinacea, vitamin C and rest. And of course, Vicks Vaporub. If you live in Mexico, you know that Vaporub (pronounced vah-poh-roob) cures all. Not only does it get spread on the chest and back like mom used to do, but under the nose (in the nose in some cases though I am trying to convince Hubby that this is NOT appropriate or healthy) and on the soles of the feet. Soles of the feet? Ok, the first time I heard this I nodded and smiled and smeared baby Max's feet, all the while thinking it was a bunch of horse hockey. Now it's just part of the routine. Why or how it works is beyond me, but we slather the stuff on our tootsies, snuggle it all in under warm socks and somehow we feel better. Chinese medicine indicates that the feet are connected to the rest of the body (reflexology anyone?), so I suppose there is a good reason for it, just seems odd to me. Whatever floats yer boat, eh? (Such a Canadian expression!)

I woke up Tuesday morning feeling worse, having trouble catching my breath so off to the hospital we went. I don't have a GP here, I just rely on the ER if things get beyond my ability to self-medicate. Amerimed ER is our hospital of choice, we never wait to see a doctor and the price is right. Heck it's cheaper than the rate our pediatrician charges for a regular consultation. I paid 400 pesos for an ER visit, yep, less than $40 USD. No surprises in the diagnosis, an infection in the throat and upper respiratory system, antibiotics, painkillers and a decongestant were prescribed and an order to stay home for three days of "reposo" (rest).

So here I am, groggy from meds, walking around on squishy, greasy, Vahpohroob covered feet and trying not to cough on my boys. Drinking herbal tea (specially imported by Rivergirl, thanks amiga!), sleeping most of the day away and reading crappy books. The house is quickly becoming a disaster area, but I just don't have the oomph to get off my butt and clean. I can't smell anything anyway, so if something is rotting somewhere it's just going to have to wait. I'm CRAVING hot n sour soup from my favourite Szechwan restaurant in Toronto, but methinks I'll just have to make do with Hong Kong (not nearly as good). I should be back on non-greasy feet soon, but for now, I am off to bed (yes again, the dishes can wait!) to sleep away the sickies.


KfromMichigan said...

Those OLD remedies do work! And yes that includes Vicks on the feet & chest. I'm a believer in Vicks, herbal tea w/honey and of course chicken soup. If only I were still there .. homemade chicken soup is good for the soul. Get well soon amiga!

CancunCanuck said...

KfromMichigan- I had never heard of Vicks on the feet until coming to Mexico! Chicken soup with lots of garlic is my favourite, wish I had the energy to make some! Thanks for the well wishes amiga. :) (When do we get to see pics of your trip!?)

KfromMichigan said...

Sorry, NO pics! I was lazy. We went to Playa Blanca (on a Sunday, big mistake) so crowded.

Thomas Johnson said...

Sorry to hear you caught the bug, but hopefully in a couple of days you can be on your feet and all will be ship shape once again.. By the way,I do feel your pain, because my wife is in her third week with the dry cough that will not go away. Begining to think that our Cancun trip on the 29th of this month might be at risk.

Gaelyn said...

Vicks is a miracle gel. My Mom used to put the stuff up my nose when i had a cold, plus everywhere else you mention except the soles of feet which makes perfect sense to me. Hope your back to good soon. In the mean time, sleep glorious sleep. Screw the housework.

Leslie Harris (de Limon) said...

LMAO!!! I always, and I do mean always, carry a little container of Vaporub in my purse. One of my NOB friends jokes that we are just like the family in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". Only we rely on Vicks and not Windex! :D

The Vicks works on anything. Rub it on your feet when you're feeling sick. That practice is believed to calm symptoms and heal a terrible cough. We put it on everything from bee stings to mosquito bites. Heck, my sister-in-law swears that Vaporub topped with a sprinkling of cornstarch is the perfect cure for Diaper rash! :D

Hope you feel better!

Babs said...

Hang in there - the housework will always be there........TAKE care and SLEEP. Love the Vicks story....ha

IslaZina said...

Glad you are getting some relief from Baporoob. Don't belittle your illness. Hurricanes are notorious incubators, picking up stuff and fostering dropping it with every landing. On Isla Mujeres, the locals cover their faces with bandanas after a real hurricane. They didn't accord Ida full respect!

Fned said...

Ay amiga, sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Actually, I'd never heard of the Vaporub remedy on feet thing, although everything else, yeah, we pretty much kept healthy on Vic Vaporub when I was growing up.

Hubby caught a nasty cold from all the temp changes during our vacations, so I'm following your advice and heading out to the pharmacy to get some magic Vaporub to rub on his feet!!

Get some rest and feel well soon!


Sue said...

I remember the first time Miguel told me he wanted to buy some Vig-bah-poh-roo (that's how it sounded to me - sort of like the bubuluu gum). I had no idea what he was talking about until he picked up the jar - Vick's-va-pour-rub. Ok.

I wish you lived here on the island. When I don't feel well, it's chicken soup from Familia Tomasa - great broth with soft pasta noodles. Add a fresh barillo or some tostadas, and I'm on the road to health.

Grandma was right afterall - Vick's and chicken noodle soup will cure you.

Hope you feel better soon!

Nancy said...

My Puerto Rican mother-in-law swore by Vicks also. I slipped on the tile floor and cut myself on the corner of a table, and she wanted me to use Vicks on the cut but I didn't try it. That was after the day I had a headache and before I knew it she had smeared Vicks all over my forehead. I don't remember if my headache went away or not because I think I was too PO'd at trying to wash the grease out of my bangs for the next week. I was 18 then. I would try it now for sure.

Can your hubby pick up some Sopa de Lima somewhere for you?

Islagringo said...

Pobrecita! Hope you are feeling better by the time you read this. Is the hot and sour soup at Hong Kong worth a trip? Or just mediocre at best?

Not anymore said...

Vicks is to my inlaws and family as windex is to the father in My big fat greek wedding.

Seriously I think they even ate it before.

Jonna said...

I swear by Vicks. Seriously, I have eaten it when I had a sore throat. Soles of the feet, side of the head, in and on the nose, lips, almost everywhere but I do have a funny story about a friend who grabbed for the vaseline and got the vicks in the dark instead... not good.

I think it is the AC that makes you sick and especially going in and out of it. I hope you are better now and the worst is over.

Oh, another Vicks fact, all cops carry it because there is nothing better for blocking out disgusting smells (like dead things) than a nose full of vicks. Seriously, it can keep you from embarrassing yourself at a murder scene. There's nothing worse than ralphing on the evidence.

Refried Dreamer said...

ugh. we've had the same cough that won't go away. haha.. never heard of vicks on the feet, but hey, if it works.... why change a good thing?

Hope you feel better girl!

CancunCanuck said...

KfromMichigan- Vacation is made for lazy! Oooh, public beach on a Sunday is crowded for sure!

Thomas Jefferson- Three weeks? I sure hope your wife feels better soon, in time for your trip for sure! Rest, rest, rest, liquids and of course, Vicks. :)

Gaelyn- Viva Vicks! Always brings back my childhood, though we never put it on our feet. I'm still whacked and the house is a mess, but I hope to me back on track soon. Thanks!

Leslie- They should give you your citizenship right away, lol! I hadn't thought about bug bites but will try it, we've got skeeters like mad! Oooh, Vicks on diaper rash? Owie!

Babs- I've practically been hibernating, but I still crave more sleep. I am so grateful that the cleaning lady comes tomorrow, this place is a disaster area!

IslaZina- It always seems to be flu city after a storm, just another reason to hate those hurricanes! Ida didn't deserve our respect, lol. ;-)

Fned- Sorry to hear that hubby got the bug, did you try some Vicks? ;) Hope he's feeling better, big hugs to you too.

Sue- Aww, I'd love some chicken soup! Maybe I'll have the oompha to whip some up tomorrow.

Nancy- Oh yes, headache cure, heals all wounds, though I can only imagine the burn in an open cut, ow! Sopa de lima is a great idea, will bat my eyelashes at hubby tomorrow.

IslaGringo- Thank you, in my whiniest sicky moments I say to hubby "Can't you just say 'pobrecita' and look at me pityingly?" The hot n sour isn't worth a trip, it just barely satisfies the craving. It's not horrid, just not like the soup of my memories. Hope your health is better sir!

PuertoVallartaGirl- Eating it? Ew. Hubby has rubbed it on the inside of his throat when he is aching, gack! Love the comparisons to Windex in MBFGW, so true!

Jonna- Eek, getting Vicks instead of Vaseline sounds like an urban legend, haha! I think that's something you only do once. I think the first time I read about Vicks for crime scenes was in Silence of the Lambs, makes "scents" to me. BTW, fabulous use of the word "ralphing", haven't heard that in a long time, made me laugh!

Refried Dreamer- Sorry to hear you guys got it too, seems to be that time of year. Hope you kick it soon, why not give the Vicks a try? 100 million Mexicans can't be wrong... ;-)

Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. I tried to go into work today but they sent me home again. I was pouring with sweat but freezing cold, I think the trembling scared everyone. :) On the road to wellness I hope!

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