The Cure

Over the past few weeks, I’ve not been terribly well. Bronchitis was the doctor’s diagnosis and it has gone on and on.

I thought it might be helpful to share the advice that I’ve been given in order to get better. After all, it could happen to you.

  • paracetamol
  • lemsip
  • going to the doctor
  • cough medicine
  • reflexology
  • vicks vapour rub
  • steroid inhaler
  • steaming
  • aromatherapy
  • eating oranges
  • look after yourself
  • steam room at the Arlington baths
  • don’t use the steam room at the Arlington baths
  • go out in the fresh air
  • stay in
  • decongestant
  • garlic
  • orange juice
  • vitamin C tablets
  • multivitamins
  • menthol crystals
  • staying under the duvet
  • making sure you don’t get too hot
  • opening the windows
  • going to Millport for three months
  • make sure you’re getting proper food
  • look after yourself
  • watch the television
  • don’t just watch the television
  • lots of vegetables
  • the triduum
  • incense
  • tea-tree oil
  • fasting
  • antibiotics
  • more antibiotics
  • sleep
  • rest
  • jakeman’s throat sweets
  • fisherman’s friends
  • hot tea
  • honey in your tea
  • manuka honey
  • lots of hot drinks
  • let it take its course
  • steamy showers
  • a bit of sun
  • go to the doctor again
  • you must go to the doctor again
  • stay off work
  • just take another week being kind to yourself
  • hot toddies
  • whisky
  • chocolate

I presume, as I am still sneezing and coughing that I’ve missed something. No doubt someone will helpfully give me some further advice.



  1. You still haven’t got the congregation to fund your Swiss mountain retreat. That will cure all that ails you.

  2. Jane Mason says

    Rest. Antibiotics. Prayer. ……. wait God operates on eternal time not our. Xxxxx love and blessings

  3. Sounds like allergies — are all the plants blooming in your area? I take zyrtec.

  4. Oh yes, and someone has consistently recommended Ex-Lax.

  5. Propolis

  6. Rosemary Hannah says

    My mother (like yourself, a non-smoker) got it most winters, and it took months – she used to end up in physio being tilted up on a bed, head down, having her back thumped to dislodge the gunk. It is not a likeable disease. (Very few of them are)

  7. Rosemary Hannah says

    (It is better than things which make you spend whole nights in the bathroom, though, as you can at least be ill in your own bed and your own living room.)

  8. When I was young, I always used to drink Scotch.
    I don’t know if it worked …but it seemed as though it did!

  9. No advice, Kelvin, but prayers and hopes that you feel better soon.

  10. Well… be glad nobody’s suggested taking up jogging around the block.

  11. Eat thin slices of raw garlic on either buttered toast or oatcakes – it works wonders for sneezes anyway. Gargle with tincture of myrrh, chew echinacea tablets, drink effervescent vit c, wear a hat to keep your head hot (including when indoors) to calm the sneezing and wear a scarf over your nose for the same reason. Oh and I forgot, best become a recluse while you do all this 🙂 it might work though, I’ve just cured my cold in two days.

  12. Pinterest should do it.

  13. Sign off all social media! Yes, I know, impossible…
    Notice I only used one exclamation point.

  14. Can’t help noticing that you don’t mention my suggestion of heavy-duty narcotics. Maybe that was the missing link …

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