Sunday, 26 February 2017


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.

  • 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.


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

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

  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!

    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.

  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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