Sunday, 26 February 2017

Herbs

This time last year I was struck down with pneumonia, not an experience I would recommend to anyone. I did intend to have my flu jab this winter but was waiting until my chest cleared...and waiting...and waiting until it became obvious that the chest-rattle was not going to clear on its own and it was probably too late to have a winter flu jab anyway.

Options: 
  • I could ignore it and hope it went away on its own but that's how I ended up with pneumonia last year.
  • I could request yet another course of antibiotics (I'd already had three courses last year) but I've only just got over the side effects of the last lot.
  • Or I could try something completely different - herbal medicine.

On a friend's recommendation, I went to a well-established herbalist in Leicester, Hydes Herbal Clinic. Advanced warning - this is not a cheap option. I had an hour's consultation and a thorough physical examination and came away with a large bottle of tincture, two kinds of pills and a bill that reminded me how expensive all medicine would be if we didn't have the NHS. 

I am delighted to say that within days of starting the treatment, the chest-rattle began to ease and it has now virtually gone. The herbalist is also trying to treat me for anxiety and related IBS symptoms but I fear that these are rather more deeply entrenched and may take more than a few weeks to tackle. But I shall persevere. 

At the risk of repeating myself, this treatment is not cheap and the tincture does taste rather unusual (good job I bought a jar of Nutella the week before!) but if it works, it'll be worth every grimace and exclamation of "Yuk!"

As for the Creative Writing MA, I do seem to be rather busy right now. Best go and get on with my next assignment.

5 comments:

  1. So pleased you've found the necessary to make you better (I'm mainlining antibiotics as I write!)

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    1. Oh no! That doesn't sound good, Jo. Get well soon.

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  2. glad your herbs are working and I hope you stay healthy on into spring and beyond. Knock on wood - I've escaped the flu, etc so far. And I've been wondering how your classes are going? I trust you are learning up a storm. Continue ever upward and enjoy. Words Do Matter!

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    1. Hope you continue to escape the flu virus. It's been sweeping the UK from what I can tell, and yes, words do matter.

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  3. Hi Ros - I'm just glad you haven't let things get to the pneumonia level. Glad the pills and potions seem to be working ... that's good news.

    Well done on the Creative Writing - but good to have an update ... cheers Hilary

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