Friday, 26 January 2018

An Onion Under The Bed


You may recall an oblique reference to M being sick in my last post. He is almost never ill and it has to be really bad for him to down tools. One day asleep in bed with a fever and a handful of days working from home and then, on his first full day back he came home looking dreadful and coughing fit to burst. I went into full-on wife nurse mode: banked up the fire, told him to put his feet up, made him hot honey and lemon, worked on his lung meridian and within an hour the coughing had settled. He's better, but still not 100%.

Roll forward to Tuesday morning this week and I wake with a sore throat and an impending sense of doom. My first race for two months is scheduled for Sunday. I had an unusually clear week so took to my bed (which I hate doing) reading Ann Cleeve's Shetland series (which made it more bearable), but still after a couple of days developed this really painful swollen lymph node on the left side of my neck under my chin which hurt like mad whenever I swallowed. To add to my general irritation, all my teeth felt like they'd been pulled out too.

Last night I'd had enough, and into my head popped the story of the village decimated by the flu pandemic in 1918. The story goes that the only house that didn't succumb was one where the mother had placed raw onions cut in half in all the rooms. The theory (much mocked by medical science, but then so is homeopathy), is that the humble onion draws bacteria and viruses to itself (which is why you're not supposed to leave them for a day open in the fridge). White onions, apparently, are best, but I'm guessing this is similar to the only pure (and expensive) honey works idea, so I cut up what we had in the cupboard, a red onion, and last night placed it beneath the bed to see what would happen.

I have woken up this morning with no sore throat and the lymph gland has completely disappeared. I'm snotty, but I feel better. Possibly, a couple of days of resting has done the trick, but as M had this thing for ten days despite resting, I'm going to thank the onion. It's just possible I'll be racing on Sunday after all :o)

Hope you're all well?

CT.


21 comments:

  1. Goodness, a veritable miracle, I shall definitely give that a try. Sorry M's been so rough, there's a lot around this year it seems. The littlest boy has gone from flu to a cold and the middle one is home today as well. I didn't know that about onions, often leave a cut onion in the fridge, oops. I am off to slice one in half and leave it quietly in the corner of the living room. Wonder if anyone will notice. Good luck with the race, I hope you're well enough to take part. CJ xx

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    1. I figure it does no harm and may do some good so what’s to lose? X

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  2. Not influenza then in your case, I am pleased to read. I am glad you are feeling better. I hope M will be better soon, too. Onions smell strongly and maybe some of the volatile substances are really good for us? Have a fun weekend and hopefully you'll be well enough to take part in the race. x

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    1. Definitely not flu thank god. I’m wondering if it’s breathing in the onion rather than it attracting germs that does the trick. Could certainly smell it last night! X

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  3. Glad you are feeling better, onion or not.

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  4. I’m a great believer in onions and garlic too. Many meals are laced with their amazing properties. Probably not wise to get down wind of me tho! Hope M recovers quickly and you manage your race. Onions are the way forward. Have a good weekend. B x

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    1. I’ll be using an onion from now on when bugs menace! X

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  5. Well fancy that! My Aunt used to put cabbage leaves on her knee to help with joint pain so it just goes to show how good vegetables are for you. Hope you're soon fit as a fiddle. x

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    1. Cabbages are great healers, I've used them for inflammation before. Love all these old wives tales- so much truth in so many of them x

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  6. My mother used to sleep with a whole nutmeg under her pillow, vowing that it stopped her having cramp in the night.

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  7. Wow! I must try and remember that remedy.

    Like CK above I've used the cabbage leaf on the knee remedy to good effect. I did it after I heard of it from a doctor from Scotland on the radio who was the leading light in a group of 90-year old ramblers!

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    1. Brilliant stuff. We've now got onions in every room :o)

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  8. I’ve heard of this remedy but have never used it! Always worried that our kelpie might just eat it! He rather likes anything! Glad it worked for you! Hope M gets better v soon!
    One of our clients once told Jan that putting pieces of coloured chalk under the bed cures backache.... alas that didn’t work much to my amusement...
    Good luck with the race!
    Lots of lovely weather here... swimming in the sea yesterday... like a warm bath! Bliss!
    Love 💕 xx

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    1. I thought same about Pops :o) She's contented herself with gobbling down the tail feathers of a pheasant post-plucking today instead. Naughty. Chalk and back ache.....would have been amazed if that worked! Swimming sounds divine.... xx

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  9. I'll have to remember that one next time the viruses raise their heads. Like CJ, I often put half an onion in the fridge .... oops! Fingers crossed for the run on Sunday and I hope M recovers soon. xx

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    1. Nothing to lose by trying it :o) M much better thanks. The race is on! x

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  10. I heard from a nurse about the onion thing. She won't even eat an onion that been sitting out on the counter because of the germs it sucks up.

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    1. That's really interesting from a medical person too.

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  11. Hey CT,
    A lady at school and her family have been plagued by viral infections and colds all winter. Last week, she popped onions in her children's rooms, and strapped some to her feet when she went to bed. They all woke up feeling clear headed and gland free! I might have a go myself....
    Leanne xx

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