Falling sick in childhood and home remedies

Lauren’s choice for this week’s prompt is: Ouchies, owies, and boo boos.

This week, I’ll answer the questions posed by Lauren.

How did your family take care of minor injuries?

My father would use the trusty pyodine, and bandages, unless anyone needed stitches then it would be to the emergency room.

Did you have home remedies you used?

Hot water with honey and lemon for sniffles, salt water gargles for sore throat, cardamom tea for tummy ache.

What was the typical way to care for a cold or flu at your house?

See above! In addition to that my father would give us soluble aspirin for fever.

Were you pampered when you were sick/hurt or told to buck up and deal with it?

It was somewhere in between. We were given medicines for the malady and told to rest. Unless it was malaria. When one of us had malaria, all three of us children had it, perhaps the mosquitoes carrying the parasite bit us all. Then my father would sit with us almost all through the night and tend to us. For anyone not familiar with malaria, it’s quite a tough illness to bear. Headaches, nausea and high fever are it’s usual symptoms.

When you got sick as a kid did you stay home, or did you have to go to school?

Anyone who was sick with fever stayed home. But no fever meant going to school.

Did a parent stay home with you, or did you fend for yourself?

My step mom was always home so we stay home with her.

Was a doctor visited when you had a minor injury or illness?

If the illness warranted a visit to the doctor, we went to the clinic or hospital. But none of us usually were that sick.

Did you ever have a major illness or injury growing up? How did it impact your life?

My most painful experience was the numerous cavities in my teeth fixed. It gave me a dread of the dentist and his drill. In those days there was no concept of giving local anesthetics before drilling into your roots!

Written for Throwback Thursday, hosted by Lauren and Maggie



65 thoughts on “Falling sick in childhood and home remedies

  1. This brought back memories of falling sick, mom and dad taking care- memories that have blurred with age. I hated the visit to the dentist too- I was and am paranoid of drilling cavities. 🙂

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  2. Thanks for joining us Sadje. I can’t imagine having teeth filled with no novocaine. I would think after one time you would refuse to go back. From what I have read about Malaria it sounds awful. I an glad you and your siblings were well taken care of.

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    1. It’s a pleasure Lauren. In my country it was very prevalent at one time. Then we started a weekly preventative dose of quinine and didn’t get it. When pandemic broke out, a few researchers suggested that the reason it wasn’t spreading rapidly in my country was due to the fact we had been exposed to malaria a lot.

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  3. Malaria must have been a difficult illness and recovery. I am glad you and your siblings made it through okay. Dentist visits are stressful enough without having to endure drilling with no anesthesia. I cannot imagine how painful that must have been.

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  4. Quite engaging indeed. I could resonate with most of these… the remedies and Malaria (a very common ailment in this part of the world). I had a caring mother who wouldn’t stop at anything before her child got well. And I appreciate it. 🙏

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  5. Malaria sounds terrible…and even worse, dental work (I was traumatized by a dentist when I was young, and never got over it–plus I have a small mouth…difficult for dentists to work in, and they act like that’s my fault 🙂 )

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