It is 5:30 a.m. as I write this and I have been awake for several hours. I have come to the conclusion that medicine does not work.
For the first few weeks of this bug I tried to avoid the drugs, per my usual preference, but once I started, as my brother quipped last night, "hittin' the sauce" I have been breaching all kinds of generally held rules of conduct. Last night Ryan noticed that my homemade medicinal brew was nothing more than extra-strength half-price Nyquil: two tablespoons of grain alcohol, two generic brand Benadryl, and a heaping teaspoon of Buckley's "tastes bad, works great" cough syrup. In other words alcohol, antihistamine, and cough suppressant. Check the back of your Nyquil. It's identical. I guess I'm not as inventive as I thought I was.
Also, thanks for all the comments, concerns, and advice. If anyone would like to donate a lung, I'd appreciate that, too. Mine's broke.