I thought this would be a passing cloud, but my sniffles that started on Monday are still very much present today. And they’re worse than before! I guess all of my burning the candle at both ends is catching up with my body. I’ve developed a pattern of going to bed at 1:30 a.m., almost 2… and waking up at 7, 7:30. So I know I haven’t been getting nearly enough sleep, for me anyway.

Yesterday, I went to interview a cool rasta by the name of Imanuel, who owns a vegan restaurant here in Miami. It’s called Garden of Eatin’. I told him I was sick and he whipped up a juice made of beets, carrots, celery, garlic cloves, ginger root, and cayenne pepper. And I had to drink almost the whole thing before his eyes. (He says that fresh made natural fruit juices should be consumed within seven minutes). Oh, it was awful. My nose started dripping like a faucet, my eyes filled with thick tears, and the drink burned all the way down to my stomach. BUT, it did make me feel better! Momentarily. Then I had to return to my air-conditioned office where we can’t open the windows, and I felt sicker than ever.

I got a decent night’s sleep last night, but now duty calls and I have to rise to the occasion. I’ve been guzzling Emergen-C, which keeps me hydrated and gives me some energy, but other than that I’ve avoided over-the-counter medicines so far. E-Fresh already advised me to try his home remedy, which is delicious to be certain. (Chinese food! Hot wonton soup followed by honey chicken to coat the throat).

What’s your home remedy, bellas and fellas? Or do you have a guaranteed-to-work cold medicine? Holla at your girl, I need to get well in a hurry.

Tomorrow, back to your regular Afrobella, I promise. I’ve got a stack of half-cooked posts that I’m not ready (or able) to serve yet.

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