Sick for 3 Weeks

I’ve been sick for over friggen 3 weeks now. I came down with a cold the saturday after I went to TGS, 9/25 and I haven’t been well since. It hasn’t been a bad cold but it has been extremely annoying.

The first 2 days were just a medium sore throat. Enough to make me want to stay in bed but not so bad that I couldn’t sleep. After a couple of days it changed into a kind of throat itch that would make me cough every 20 seconds or so keeping me up until 5-6am. I could make it through the day with drinks and other things but at night the cough would always come back. I after a few days of that I went to the doctor and got some medicine, a couple more days and the itch was gone and I just had a lingering cough like I needed to clear something. That lasted until this last Wednesday the 13th when I came down with another sore throat which changed into a runny/stuffy nose Sunday.

Now it’s 5am Monday morning and I can’t sleep. Probably because I’ve been sleeping too much trying to get over this.

As far as I know I’m eating well. I’m not living off pizza or hamburgers or anything like that. I don’t eat a lot of junk food and I’ve been taking multi-vitamins as well.

I pretty much get sick 5 to 6 times a year. In other words more than once every 3 months. And, even if I don’t get a full on cold between times at least once or twice a month I feel like I’m on the verge of a cold. Either waking up with a mild sore throat that goes away once I drink something or other minor symptoms.

This has been somewhat true my whole life. I don’t remember how often I was sick in elementary school or juinor high or high school but I do remember feeling it was unfair in elemetary school that there was an attendance award and through no fault of my own I couldn’t get one. I also remember there was one girl that got it every single year, perfect attendance. Someone needs to figure out her genes and give them to everyone else.

I’ve had tons of different advice. My mom and a friend recommended echinacea, I haven’t noticed a difference using it. Another friend recommended I get my tonsils taken out. That makes some sense since the number 1 symptom of my colds is inflammed tonsils. Unfortunately it’s surgery and takes 2 weeks to recover. Scary! And, there’s no guarantee that will actually solve the problem.

My friend Naomi said she used to get sick as often as me but hasn’t been sick in 3 years since she started taking a specific brand of vitamin suppliment made by Usana but looking them up they seem like a giant scam. First off their setup like Amway, a kind of pyramid like marketing scheme. If you go to their website you can’t actually order anything you have to find one of their members to buy from. Almost all their literature is about their marketing ability. They are not really about health or vitamins, just about marketing. Worse though they charge $140 a month for their suppliments. If you become a member you can get it down to like $100 a month. I might be willing to pay that if they actually worked but the proof would be to take them for 6 months and to not get sick once during that time. If it worked great but if not they just scammed me out of $600-$900!

  • albertSFBayArea
    Pneumonia and other infections

    Hi Gregg. Just a warning that if you have a prolonged cough (>2 weeks) you might have walking pneumonia and need an antibiotic regimen. Contrary to what I thought before I got it, pneumonia in its various varieties is not hard to catch and sometimes the symptoms can be very mild. The only way to make sure is to get a chest X-ray. Thanks for posting your thoughts on life and work as I’ve been thinking a lot about those too recently (age 49).

  • BingoBango
    those pesky trains

    Your pretty getting ill from all those nasty germs floating around in those packed trains. Of course you are doing the right thing and wearing a mask yourself right?

  • dgv

    If your cold is prolonged, and cough especially bad at night, you might want to get checked out for Whooping Cough. Just a tip.

  • Kristofer
    In the long run

    Gregg I liked your article on Thoughts about your life, but do you exercise anything? Exercise is a very importpant part of life which strengthens the immune system, and also having all the vitamins that the body needs. I myself exercise about 4 times a week and I rarely get sick, im only sick 3 times a year, but im also young, but I have been getting *small* colds recently which really wasent anything compared to yours, my throat was dry in the mornings but that was about it. Ginseng is also something that you should try out, it strenghtens the immune system and gives you a powerboost which is really great when you are tired and have a long day at school/work. I have also noticed that big amounts of negative stress really makes the immune system to become worse. As I mentioned before, martial arts is very good for your body and takes you away from every days life.


    Anyway I hope you find this usefull



  • Tara

    Hi Gregg,

    I used to get sick 3 or 4 times a year.  Now I do maybe once a year.  I gave up caffiene and now I am almost never sick.  It stops your body from absorbing vitamins, so if you take a vitamin and drink coffee or soda, etc, it does you no good.  I am not some health freak either.  I am telling you, it works.  Decaf is not so bad!


    Good luck

  • doki

    Have you heard of Airborne?  You can get it in drug stores but I ordered some on  There’s also Airborne sore throat lozenges.  I always seem to catch a cold after traveling by air.  Hope you’re feeling better.

    P.S.  I don’t know if it works… haven’t had the need to use it.


  • Dude
    works for me every time

    In the states, you can get a box of little tiny packets called emergen-C made by Alacer.  These have 1000mg of vitamin C, but these are mixed with a proper amount minerals turning them into ascorbates which prevent the onset of diarrhea. If I take 4-5 packets per day mixed with water, my cold goes away fast. Maybe within a day or so instead of the usual 4-7 days. I’ve taken other vit c before to treat my colds, but they never really worked until I tried the emergen-c’s vitaminc C packets.

    Another option is to de-acidify/alkaklize your blood. If you take the juice of 2 lemons and mix it with one quart of orange juice and drink the whole thing, this should change the chemistry of your blood to prevent the onset of a cold  and destroy the germ.



  • Hey Gregg, this is Greg.

    Usana’s not that bad. It’s possibly unfortunate that they chose to use network marketing to sell/market their products which instantly makes them seem less reputable. But their scientific research is sound, and their business practices are fine. You can read their financial documents online since they’re publicly traded (USNA on Nasdaq). And their core multivitamin product is ~$40/month, and it can easily be used for 6 weeks if you lower your dosage. Yes I’m biased since I’m an affiliate, but I’d hardly call them a scam.

  • Terry

    Hi guys,

    I take 6 vitamins a day and I also stay away from caffiene, I had heard that if you drink caffiene after taking vitamins, the vitamins wont do you any good, I also work out and I haven’t been sick since ive been taking my vitamins. 🙂 I’m in sales so im around sick people all the time and shaking peoples hands after they have been wiping there nose and what not and I still keep from getting sick. I’m almost 40 and I’ve never felt better, I feel like im 25 again…its awesome.

  • thecure
    listen to me!

    what you do is buy theraflu. I can’t believe nobody knows about this. If you take theraflu and go to sleep at night then take it again in the morning and again at night your cold will be virtually gone. It’s always worked for me. Plus, take a look at your diet. Start drinking water all the time and eat BALANCED meals. That makes a difference. Who cares if you eat healthy if you don’t eat balanced.

  • Adam

    Salads and Sleep

  • Ecigsmoke1

    I’m sorry you feel that way about USANA. My family and friends switched to USANA because they simply have the best nutritionals available in the market. Millions of people around the world are backing up the claim that the USANA is #1.

  • Karen

    I too have been sick now for going on 4 weeks. Hot, raw throat, coughing, and a occasional fever. Sometimes achy somtimes not. Some days I feel a though I am getting over it and then Wham! I am right back at it again sarting it all over again. This means it is probably viral and antibiotics won’t do any good! Just eat right and let it run it couse is all the Dr keeps telling me.

  • I am having the same problem myself. 3 weeks of feeling like crud. It wasn’t until I got a sore throat and i couldn’t swallow that I decided to do something about it.

    I ate a clove of raw garlic and ate some cinnamon to heal my throat and to fight the bacteria in my body. The next day my sore throat was 70% better but i still feel sick but not as bad.

    Going to the Doctor will be a last resort for me.