Hello all. I’m still here. Doing well, actually. A1C is at a nice 5.5. Hoping to lose some more weight and maybe drop some of my metformin. We’ll see! I just turned 40, so I’m feeling extra motivated to be healthy because I’m realizing that every day is a gift.
Anyway, that’s a brief catch-up for me.
I’m sick as hell at the moment. I haven’t been sick like this in probably two years. I’ve had these day-long colds that I’ve somehow managed to fight off. This one hit me completely by surprise. I woke up Thursday morning with a full blown cold. Foolishly, I went to work, and suffered through the day with a fever and chills. Yes, I should have gone home. No, I didn’t go home.
That night, too feverish and tired and weak to go to the drugstore, I rummaged through the linen closet where we have a stockpile of cold meds and pain relievers. Found Mucinex. It expired in October 2015, but I figured it was only a couple months past its prime, so I popped one of those. Mucinex has always done the job for me in the past.
I then spent the entire night wired as hell, not falling asleep until around 5 a.m. and waking again around 8 when the rest of the house was getting ready for work and school. I got myself dressed and headed to the drugstore to buy something other than Mucinex so that I could go to sleep.
Another brand that has worked well for me in the past, and then I’ve been told is ok with diabetes, is the Tylenol Cold medicine. I got the drugstore brand because it was cheaper, and I got the day/night capsules. Popped the day version when I got home, and napped for a few hours.
That night around 9, I popped the night version of the pill. In the past this has knocked me out. Fast forward to 1:30 a.m. and I am still awake. Took some Melatonin and that seemed to do the trick.
The next day, yesterday, I took the daytime version of the off-brand Tylenol again. Felt pretty good. Then I took nothing last night.
Fast forward to 2 a.m. and I am wired, still wide awake. WTF? I didn’t take anything!!! Again, had to take a Melatonin to help get me to settle down, and that seemed to work again. Woke up around 8.
So now I’m going to ask you, oh wise diabetes bloggers, what the heck do you take when you have a cold? Does anyone else have the problem I’m having with supposed nighttime cold meds keeping you up? I’m planning on going back to work in the morning so a good night’s sleep would be appreciated.