Gratitude Sunday: Doctor Mom Needs Progressive Technology

Gratitude * Sunday

Quote of the Week
– “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” Traditional Doctor Mom wisdom

Sunday Haiku

Gray skies outside hang
over my sinus like clouds
in my foggy brain.

Sunday Musings
It was a good run while it lasted, and just as I was making progress on cleaning my room. Where I got the arrogance to think I’d never have another I don’t know. No one escapes. No one is impervious. The common cold virus does not discriminate. When you’ve gone more than three and a half years one begins to think perhaps, but alas, no. My guys had it first, Doctor Mom nursed them, now if they would just stay out of my way I can nurse myself, because I don’t expect them too. I didn’t raise them that way, but they are really skilled at faking incompetence.

I know all the grandma techniques of natural remedy. Chicken soups, hot spices like jalapeno, Chinese hot mustard, and horseradish can do much to relieve the symptoms while the virus plays through. Popsicles are the best to relieve a sore throat and get a few calories in even if they are all sugar. Hot tea with honey and heat packs on the chest can relieve coughs. I’ll use food as my medicine every time before I resort to pharmaceutical drugs.

I’ve watched medical technology for the last 50 years. I want to know why we have not conquered flu and cold viruses. What exactly have we spent all our tax investment dollars on in the medical field? Seems to me we’ve been rehashing the same old drugs and the same old techniques with few innovations.

Where are our medical tricorders? You know, that scan device they dreamed up for Star Trek. 50 years should be plenty of time to take an idea and turn it into reality especially now they can make technological things so small.

I don’t know what you’d want to see on your tricorder, but I’m voting for one-stop shopping. That little hand held scanner should be able to give a non-invasive read out for (wait for it, my list is long): height, weight, body core temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar, heart and lung function, liver function, kidney function, thyroid function, presence of tumors, blood anomalies, internal bleeding, gastrointestinal polyps and other digestive issues such as nutrition non-absorption, brain function particularly regarding epilepsy and electrical brain waves, and viral and bacterial infections to start. Give me a week of being able to think without this cold virus inside me and I might be able to come up with more. And there should be a professional version and an inexpensive home version for all the Doctor Moms out there who serve to keep their families healthy.

Why have we not conquered viruses? As always I say follow the money. Somebody (probably plural) somewhere is making money from vaccines, and cold and flu “remedies”, which aren’t really. The virus plays through, it lives its little ugly life for a while in the host human body and then dies. All the remedies we employ are merely to relieve our discomfort; they do not cure or kill viruses.

I would love to see a non-invasive anti-virus delivery system as well. To stick a needle into one’s body when one is ill seems like another violation on an already violated body. Maybe something that diffuses the anti-virus medicine through a small section of skin for instant relief, or a liquid or pill to swallow if symptoms are less oppressive.

A person can dream. Good thing I don’t have the flu or fever dreams, though while entertaining are not especially fun. Though I haven’t had the flu for many years, I had my first ever flu shot this year because I am around elders and children. I know the flu shot does not prevent colds. I’m not even convinced it prevents the flu. I have mixed feelings about vaccines in general, having read so much on both sides of the fence.

I’m headed back to the couch soon. I can’t breath lying down, so I sleep sitting up on the couch for whatever portion of the hour/s I can breathe and sleep. I have my water, my tissues, and my TV remote close. My blankie is warm and my tea is hot. At least I am sick in the comfort of my own home. And that feed a cold stuff? This Doctor Mom says stay hydrated and eat when you are hungry.

Color Watchcolorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – Color in winter is sometimes elusive. A bit of creamy white lichen on green grass. A collection of gray and white stones on a gray sidewalk. Rosy sedums in a bleached burl of wood.

Current View – {These are only my opinions about movies and books, but don’t let me stop you from trying these reviewed items yourself; your opinion may differ.} I know I’m sick when I can’t read which I do voraciously. Letting the images of the stories in movies flit across my eyes somehow gives comfort, perhaps because I do less brain work viewing versus reading. I had ordered some scary movies for Halloween and am still working my way through them. Seems appropriate to watch them on gray rainy afternoons with the virus swirling through my brain and body. * Dark Places (2015, rated R) with Charlize Theron. An eight year old is the only witness to her family’s murder for which her brother has served 28 years in prison. * Bird Box (2018, rated R) with Sandra Bullock. Get out your blindfold. * The Ones Below (2015, rated R), spoiler alert, a couple commits murder to steal a baby. Don’t watch this if you are a. pregnant, b. a new mom, or c. hypersensitive to babies or baby stuff. * Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993, rated PG) with Whoopi Goldberg. One can only watch so much horror before you must get comedic relief.

Currently ReadingFrench Exit (2018, fiction) by Patrick DeWitt, who is currently a Portland, Oregon author though he has lived other places. I love novels with witty humor and from page one we are amused. * No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering (2014,spirituality) by Thích Nhất Hạnh. I like to dawdle over and savor books about spirituality. And then re-read them later.

This week I have been grateful for:

  • Chicken soup.
  • Vegetable beef soup.
  • Tacos and salsa.
  • Barbecued pork and Chinese hot mustard.
  • Roast beef sandwiches with horseradish.
  • Biscuits and butter.
  • Mashed potatoes.
  • Popsicles.
  • Jello.
  • Microwave heat packs.
  • My blankies.
  • Loose clothing and jammies.
  • My TV in good working order.
  • Piles of movies on hand from the local lending library.
  • Water.

Hoping you have a lovely week.

Namaste. Peace. Blessings.

Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch

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3 Responses to Gratitude Sunday: Doctor Mom Needs Progressive Technology

  1. piratesorka says:

    Sorry to read you are feeling less than well. Pipsicles are truly one of my fave things with a sore throat… and they do come in sugar-free… Yeah I know all about artificial sweetners but since I get so little sweet stuff as it is, I am willing to just go for it and use the darn stuff.. My throat thanks me later. Hot & Sour soup or Egg Flower soup are my faves…. and water, lots and lots and lots of water.
    I am currently reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz and its worth a read. My gut tells me something bad is going to happen soon but I comfort myself with the knowledge that this true story has a surviving hero ( says so right up front!) Take care my dear


    • sassy kas says:

      Thank you, love. Interesting title, I remember crying for a week in junior high when I found out about the Holocaust and Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Revisionists be gone, we cannot alter our history but we can grow from it. It’s so very real to me as I have held Alter Weiner in my arms and heard the words from the lips of survivors.


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