1st September = Spring DownUnder

So, it’s the 1st day of September, it’s officially the first day of Spring here in Australia.

Last Friday we were still in August but I woke up with an itchy/sore throat and runny nose. In fact, my nose insisted on running a marathon for the next TWO days before I realised I might not be having a bout of hay fever after all!

Saturday evening, Mr. P tells me he has ‘a bit of an itch’ at the back of his throat. Uh-Oh…alarm bells ring……normally THAT means he is coming down with something…so I quickly go looking for my Ventolin only to find out that it is close to expiry. I mean….REALLY!!!??!! The last time I needed it was in October last year just before we went on holiday and I ended up with bronchitis after a coughing spell.

Too late to head off to the pharmacy (about 50km away) that evening so we plan to go in first thing on Sunday to ‘get some drugs’ for Mr. P and a new Ventolin spray for me.

Sunday – I haven’t stopped coughing and sneezing, nose is still running that darn marathon. Mr. P has started the day groggy, hardly a voice….time to call in sick and head off into town to the pharmacy which is thankfully open on the weekends in the morning.

Get to the pharmacy, produce my prescription for a new spray….the staff member looks at it and gently tells me that the prescription has run out….REALLY!!!??!! Oh my!!! This is NOT getting any better by the minute……thank goodness she then tells me that she can still issue me with a spray but not at such a good price as with the prescription. THANK GOODNESS because that has been keeping me from wheezing like crazy since the day before.

Unfortunately it seems there is nothing they can prescribe us over the counter to help either of our symptoms except lots of rest and keep the fluids up. Back home to cook up more bone broths – thank goodness for my trusty pressure cooker. A quick trip to the supermarket for more bones, veggies and back home to stay warm and cook up more broths!!!

Monday – hmmmm….Mr. P has not slept all night and looks totally washed out, nose is running a similar (probably harder) marathon as my nose has been….so we wait patiently/impatiently for 8.45am to call the clinic and try to get an appointment to see a doctor. Yes, that is the system here on Kangaroo Island 🙁

Luckily we can get an appointment for both of us in the afternoon to see our preferred doctor YAY!!! We just have to survive until then! MORE bone broth with more noodles…..!!!

We get there….it’s a virus (different ones for both of us it seems) and Mr. P’s doctor told him he looked terrible as soon as he walked in through the door…..HA that would have been really encouraging (NOT!!!)….he already felt that way….couldn’t even drive so I had to drive in coughing and spluttering….tests done…..wait for the results……in the meantime…we are contagious so stay home, rest and keep the fluid up – no medication will help!!

Back home to turn on the vaporiser, diffuser and just generally keep the humidity up so we can breathe for the next few days. Pressure cooker has been busy making bone broths – chicken, beef, fish and so on……..noodles, fine noodles, medium noodles, thicker noodles… in the soup with homegrown veggies…..rest, honey and apple cider vinegar…….more rest..

Results come back….Hallelujah it’s not a know strain of influenza – what have we got? Some virus infection…

Oh, okay – what can we do? Rest…keep the fluids up..

Hmmmm…are we still contagious? We are still coughing and lots of runny stuff…Yes, we are still contagious….right….so……we can’t really go out in case we give someone else the bug besides the fact we don’t feel like being out anyway….it’s giving us a taste of being ‘imprisoned at home’!!!

This morning was the FIRST morning since Friday last week that I woke up without feeling like my chest was congested and nose all stuffed up….the vaporiser has not been turned on and we have not had to make up another pot of bone broth for tomorrow. We must be on the mend!!

1st of September, a new day in a new month and one that has brought us some relief finally!!!

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