It's been three years since I've had a cold, but this past Friday it all came to a crashing halt. By Saturday morning my sinus's felt like they were going to blow out the side of my nasal passages as they filled up with that hideous disgusting mucus. To add to the mucus misery, my sense of taste and smell disappeared too!I admit I could stand to miss a meal or two but when 'taste' and 'smell' plan a vacation together, it's like going to a great concert that you can't hear. I know, weak analogy. So I decide to hit up an 'Urgent Care' because I'm positive I've come down with a sinus infection.

My 'I can't breathe' face.

I informed the Physicians Assistant(PA) that I obviously had a sinus infection. After her quick exam, she explained to me that a sinus infection takes awhile to manifest itself. After I asked her what 'manifest' means, I swear I heard her mutter under her breath as she left the room while telling me to stay put so she could walk out to the office to let her underlings know she had a 65 year old 'know-it-all wuss boy' in exam room #4.

The PA prescribed Nasonex, Mucinex, and four other medicines that end in 'ex.' By the way, come to find out that Nasonex costs $306 if you're uninsured. What's up with that? It's distilled water with some chemical crap in it!

According to Webmd.com and my favorite RN, my wife Mindy, here are some ways to get relief when you have a nasty cold.

1. Run a vaporizer and use a neti pot.

2. Drink plenty of water

3. Nasal spray and decongestant

4. Plenty of sleep

My Wife's Suggestions

1. Rub Vicks Vapo-Rub under the nose

2. Have 'someone' lovingly rub Vicks Vapo-Rub all over your chest

3. Make your loving husband home made chicken soup

4. Place some Vicks into a pot of boiling water and inhale the steam (this really works!) 

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