Blame it on me

Andrea tells you of her desparation. I discovered Buckley’s several years ago late one night when I was on about my third night of not being able to sleep due to cold/flu symptoms. Normally, I avoid medication when and where possible. I haven’t taken any form of pain relief medication in more than 12 years. No, I don’t have that written down somewhere. I just remember what I was taking it for. And I remember when that was.

Anyway, I digress. I was absolutely beat. It was getting late. Soon the last local store that was open was going to close. The next closest that would be open was more than 1/2 hour drive away. When I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to sleep again that night, I decided I would have to break down and take something. The only cold medicine we had was for children and I didn’t expect that it would do much to help me. So, I headed for that open store. To my dismay, the only adult cold medicine they had was Buckley’s. And I seriously debated that extra 1/2 hour drive. I didn’t think I would stay alert enough. So, I bit the bullet.

After it was too late to change my mind, but before it had made it all the way down, I had the brief thought that I was going to die an excruciating death. Thankfully, the sensations only last a second or so before they start to fade. And, even though it seems like a lot longer, they only last a few seconds. In a minute or 2, I felt better than I had in days. Since then, I don’t think I’ve used anything else for a cold. Probably with half the colds I have, I don’t take anything at all. The rule of thumb I use to decide if I’m using Buckley’s is whether I think I can go to sleep without it or not.

What it took a couple colds for me to figure out is that the initial shock factor actually lasts for a few days. So, if you take it 2 days in a row (or twice in the same day), the second day is alot easier than the first. It’s probably almost a year since I’ve had any. The trick I’ve learned to ease into it after a long period like that is to only take 1/2 tsp or so the first time and then take a regular dose in an hour or so. It substantially reduces the shock factor.

If things go well, I won’t have to find out how accurate my memory is 🙂

Author: Ron

Homeschooling dad of 4 (ages 27 - 14), grampy to 3, WordPress core contributor, former farmboy & software developer by profession.