It was day four. Sick of television, sick of my pillow, sick of my bed, I had to get out of the house. I grabbed my youngest son, our hockey sticks and gear and hit the outdoor rink. Ten minutes in and I was starting to second guess myself. Holding myself up along the boards, hacking like a chain smoker, dizzy with Robittusen remnants, I could just hear my wife “you shouldn’t have pushed yourself”. But I had.
I had to do it. I was sick of staring at these crisp clear sunny January Minnesota days from inside. Plus I knew what was waiting for me, my backyard sauna. We made it home and after grabbing 32 oz of water and my towel, I escaped to my sauna.
I first noticed a change half way through round one. No more hacking. Just as a wood burning sauna can take the bite off a zero degree night, it cleared me out after just one shot of water on the rocks and a few coughs. ahhhhhh sticking it out a little while longer, I then doused some cool water over me and stepped out into the fresh air. Not bad!
Goodbye weird drugs
I don’t know about you, but taking cold medicine is just a bit of lessor of two evils. I have no idea what guaifenesin is or what it does to your body, but it sure ain’t natural, and it surely is in cough medicine. And a by product of being sick and taking drugs is that weird “out there” feeling from drugs. I forget what i’m watching on TV, my wife’s voice has a freaky echo, and I get dreams to a warped degree. Not good. This much is clear: if I were to take a sweat sample off my skin during round two, i’m sure it would be full of guaifenesin. I’m pretty sure the body doesn’t digest the stuff, but i’m very sure I was sweating it out. It felt great to sweat, and feel myself again.
Goodbye achy body
Laying in bed all day and night sucks. I had pretty much turned into peanut brittle. Skating took on heightened fear, for had I crashed, I’d surely break into pieces. Yet, while sitting on the bench during round three, I began feeling the complete opposite. I tossed a shot of water on the rocks, stood in the sauna and began stretching. “oh, so that’s what my ankles feel like!” My lower back pain was gone, I was like Gumby and each stretch and deep breath made me think “did i really just lick this damn cold?”
On the package of Cold Eze and those zinc lozenges it says something like “proven to shorten the duration of the common cold.” I can personally attest, this same claim could also be posted outside my sauna door.
Sound asleep, I notice is the sound of a garbage truck. “Garbage truck? what the?” So, I start thinking, if I am hearing a garbage truck it must be morning, and if it is in fact morning that means I actually slept through the night. I open my eyes. I look at the clock. 7:08 am. Sheesh. I just slept soundly for 8 1/2 hours. First time I can say THAT since my cold. Yippie!! thank you sauna! I take a deep breath, no need to cough. I get out of bed.. ah.. gumby, not peanut brittle. Thanks again sauna!