Take a variety of long-term illnesses, soaked for 44 years until properly marinated.
Add one particularly virulent cold/flu thingy which involves fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, and complete loss of the senses of taste and smell.
Mix thoroughly in bowl, remembering to shower when you can gather the energy to get out of bed.
Sorry I've been gone for so long.
Since I love hot peppers, I tried some of those to see if they would loosen up the sinuses.
I tried using straight peppermint oil as an inhaler. (I usually use it for headaches; sometimes it helps ease the pain if I rub peppermint oil into my forehead/temples. It usually makes my eyes water and my nose run, so I figured this time I'd rub it directly onto my nose and breathe deeeeeeply.)
I tried taking decongestants. I even read the directions. (!)
I have never had a cold where I lost my sense of taste for 4 days straight.
Friday will be day 5.
I dream of bacon.
Thank you for listening, especially if you actually read through my entire post. ;)