Nathaniel brought home a cold more than a week ago. Then Herb got it plus some flu-like symptoms. Then Emma succumbed and had more and worse symptoms than her brother and dad. She ran fever, had a sore throat, lost her voice, had sinus issues and was just generally miserable. She spent a lot of time on the couch with my laptop, germinating my keyboard. With sickness all around me, I feared I should surely fall ill as well. On Monday I noticed that my cheeks felt hot. I started getting an uncomfortable feeling in my throat and this prickly feeling on my neck and face. I knew I was done for unless I did something drastic. For me, that's taking cod liver oil. I had bought this Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil for Emma. She had given up on taking it, so it's been sitting unused in the refrigerator. The normal dose is 2 ml, less than 1/2 teaspoon. I took a tablespoon, though it almost killed me. It's that nasty. At least the first dose is. I don't know what it is about this stuff, but I took a tablespoonful every day, and not only did I not get sick, the dose itself got less obnoxious. Yesterday, I barely noticed it, and I did not taste it again like I did on the previous days. The bottle came with a syringe. You are supposed to squirt it in the back of your throat so you don't taste it, I guess. Emma and I both tried it that way when we first got it. It didn't seem to help. Maybe now that I've gotten used to the stuff, the squirt method would be full-proof.