Posted Thursday, February 17, 2005, 1:06 pm, [link to this entry]
When I see new, cool things on TV, I am often suckered into going out and buying them. Usually they are little things - a new flavor of Coke (Side note: Lime Coke is trach), a new type of this or that, or some gadget that solved an everyday problem. I am usually less than impressed. However, on rare occasions, I come accrost something that reaffirms my faith in the always-trying-new-things lifestyle. Past items include the Cotton Candy Blizzard from DQ, Certian brands of string cheese, and the Mach 3 Power. Well, ladies and scruds, I've found another: Zicam Cold Remedy.
Last weekend, Saturday to be specific, I woke up early to brew some beer (Scottish Wee Heavy for those interested). I was done by 1pm and decided to go for a run. 3 miles later, I was home and in the shower, then off to Brwonings for lunch with Stef, John, and Terri. After the run, my legs were a little sore, and jumping into a car for the next 20 minutes didn't seem to help that situation, but by the end of the meal, it was becomming obvious to me that something wasn't right. I was starting to feel soreness throughout my body and showing symptoms of a head-cold (runny nose, sneezing, etc.). When I stood up to leave the resturaunt, I knew something was coming on... either a cold or the flu.
On the way home, we stopped by Rite-Aid so John could buy some HerpeVagiCort for his mangina, so I went in and looked through the Cold/Flu/Sinus aisle. Then I saw it, Zicam Cold Remedy. My mom had mentioned it to me once or twice, but I'd never tried it. It was $10.99 for two boxes (buy 1 get 1 free) so I got the nasal swabs and the quick-dissolve tablets. I ate one of the tablets before the store clerk even had my change ready. I got home, layed on the floor for a few minutes, then watched a movie. 3 hours later, I applied a nasal swap and decided to chill out for just a bit longer. By the time I applied the third treatment, I could tell it was working, and by bedtime, I felt 100% better.
Now, I'm not saying it's gonna cure you in 9 hours like it did me, but I am convinced this stuff works. And for the $10.99 I spent, I still have about 90% of the product left for later colds. Maybe it magic, or maybe it's snake oil, and the effects I experienced were psychosomatic, but either way, that cold got nipped in the bud. BANG!