I had poor digestion, which may or may not be the sickness but certainly made it worse. Heating was an issue: too hot, too cold, changing for no reason. I took cough drops out of absolute desperation--at first I wasn't planning on them. Then, one available if necessary. Then, one taken with a backup, if needed. Then two. Then three. Then, one every single time I was waking up, because I was still in the gutter.
I finally gave up around ten or so and moved out to the living room, where I slept some more. And more. And I kept on sleeping. Until 3. It wasn't solid sleep. But it was more solid. It was still painful. It was still unpleasant. My back became sore, for instance. So too did my neck. Heating remained an issue. But I at least felt rested--not recovered. Not well. Not rejuvenated. But not dead-tired.
Still notably sick, though. Still, with nobody home, I decided to practice singing to songs. See, I started the day with absolutely no voice. None at all. Not even the ability to form a coherent sentence. Not even the super-low voice that you associate with being sick. It was so bad I couldn't speak coherently at all. But with enough coughing and hacking to the lyrics of songs I surely butchered, I actually got it to be passable--even fairly normalized.
Normally, if I have a sickness voice, the sickness voice is what gives away that I am sick. Here, today, the tipoff was an increased rate of coughing, along with the knowledge I had been coughing during the night. But it wasn't the voice, because I had actually recovered it.
My sore throat, which was horrendously bad before, has recovered as well, too, butstill, I am most definitely sick and still need more sleep. A lot more sleep. I'm trying every other remedy already, essentially. (Well, aside from shoving down extra vitamin/mineral pills down my throat, but I can't actually find them, so...doing everything I can given the resources I can locate.)
Sleep remains a problem--it was how I got sick in the first place. But it's also my solution, and I have faith that I will be able to get what I need, and fully recover.