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?