52 Healing Habits

Colds, Sore Throats, and Antibiotics

I should’ve known something was amiss. Extremely dry nostrils, a tiny pimple or two near the chin and nose. And then it happened.

I woke up Monday morning with an extremely dry and sore throat. I had a runny nose, so having breakfast was quite an interesting experience. Fortunately, my nose stopping running in time for my 9am office meeting.

Later that same morning, however, I was running a fever. Took some tempra. Ran a fever again in the late afternoon. Took tempra again.

At around 2am Tuesday, my tummy was shaking. Even if I wasn’t feeling cold. My arms were quite cold, though. My face was quite warm, though.

Woke up at around 6am, again with a very dry mouth and a sore throat. Thankfully, I had no fever.

After lunch, I went off to see a doctor.

“Your throat is so red,” he said.

Normally, he waits around 3 to 5 days before prescribing an antibiotic.

But since he saw that my throat was very red, the doctor prescribed 500mg Zenith (Azithromycin Monohydrate).

“Take one capsule a day (after a meal), for three days.”

According to the doctor, I was exposed to someone who had a similar infection. Once exposed, you will manifest the symptoms anywhere from 1-2 days, to 5-7 days after exposure.

Mercury Drug sells ZENITH for around P129.75 per capsule. Some hospital pharmacies sell it at around P134.50, but some of these in-house pharmacies offer a 2+1 promo.

You get 3 ZENITH capsules for only P279, which makes it cheaper than buying from Mercury Drugstore.

(The third capsule is marked: Sample — Not for Sale.)

Anyway, here’s why my body’s resistance went down, which left me susceptible to a respiratory infection…

I broke some of Bro. Bo Sanchez’ 52 healing habits.

But that’s okay. We can still go back to living more healthfully. I should be up and about within the next 3 days. 🙂