Back home

I flew back from Melbourne on Thursday afternoon. At that stage, I had a tickle in my throat, urge to cough but controllable. Now it is a raging flue.

This is a "present" from Melbourne! Almost every day I was riding around in trains and trams. Difficult situation when people cough in an enclosed and crowded environment.

Anyway, I feel like sh*

I am doing the usual things, tea with lemon juice, lozenges, today I bought Irish Moss cough syrup. I read somewhere that a soak in a hot tub is beneficial, so I'll try that tonight.

Staying home as much as possible, and managing to soldier-on with Puppy development.

My Optus wireless broadband is choosing now to behave very poorly. Lots of connection timeouts, to the extent that I sometimes just give up and disconnect from the Internet.

Posted on 9 Sep 2012, 18:31


Posted on 9 Sep 2012, 20:31 by Tony
Sorry you are unwell
Hi Barry sorry to hear you have caught something. I have found hot baths and keeping toasty in bed very effective at reducing length of infections. The bodies natural response to infection is to raise it's temperature. As long as there is no danger of frying your brain or other body parts with getting to hot it seems a lot more sensible thing to do than typical western medicine practice, which normally involves prescribing antipyretics. I cannot find the article but I came across a survey of how long people were in hospital with a certain illness (may have been flu) correlated with their initial temp coming in and the higher temps got better quicker, believed to be due to the higher temp reducing the infectious agents ability to reproduce. I have also used hot water soaks for cuticle infections which is very effective.

Posted on 9 Sep 2012, 23:02 by Temperature
With flu, the body temperature peaks and declines rapidly afterwards - you will actually feel chilly when this is happening. This is also when cold compress to the head and wet wipes (possibly with alcohol) to the hands and feet will work best.

Posted on 9 Sep 2012, 23:05 by Raffy
Ha ha, that may be due to flu (new user "Temperature").

Posted on 10 Sep 2012, 2:36 by Ted Dog
West Nile?
We have a bad problem with West Nile virus here in Texas, last week two people died in Austin from it.
Cities are fog spraying for the first time since the 1950-60s.

Posted on 10 Sep 2012, 6:57 by cthisbear
Vicks on the feet

Rub Vicks on your feet at night.
The Camphor in it helps stop coughing.

Woolies, Coles or Aldi >> generic is just as good.

Rub Eucalyptus oil in the day on your chest,
and rub Vicks on yourself at night...
but straight to bed afterwards.
The sweating from Vicks helps kill the flu symptoms.

In the shower gargle with salt water,
at the hottest temperature you can take.
obviously don't scald yourself.

Then gargle and swallow the lemon juice.
More effective.

Irish Moss >> old but still good.

Olbas oil is good as well.

I sprinkle 8-10 drops on my chest.
Hold the shirt up and inhale deeply.
Do it a few times a day.

Don't get it near your eyes.


Posted on 10 Sep 2012, 8:41 by BarryK
Flu article
This is a very informative article:

The annual death rate in Australia is alarming!

Interesting, as I took the precaution of getting the "flu shot" at the start of winter. Didn't stop this virus though -- but the doc explains the prevention rate may be 50% - 90%, dependent on the strain.

Posted on 10 Sep 2012, 14:39 by Sage
Influenza & Common Colds
Maybe you have the latter? The annual 'flu injection for us oldies isn't suppose to affect susceptibility to colds, but I have found some beneficial synergy sometimes. Deaths amongst apparently 'healthy' individuals is usually due to 'flu. There is no formal treatment or cure available for colds, nor any in immediate prospect. Strange because they are more frequent and affect more people in their main productive years causing massive loss to economies - you'd think the capitalists would've latched on to this!
Either infection, by the time symptoms are manifest, it's too late. Symptoms are the mopping up effects of the massive damage to tissue destroyed in a successful battle by the white cells & co. Keeping warm, (over?)eating and especially flushing with copious fluids will always be good advice, as well as limiting physical effort and, of course, mental stress (which consume significant body resources).
You shouldn't have continued working on Puppy!
The bad news for The West and N. Hemisphere is that what China & Oz suffer today is heading our way. Widespread infections by this family of virii in our sphere is marked by the return to school of out little petri dish incubators in the early Autumn after worldwide sojourns and they do unspeakable things to each other, invariably breathing over each other.

Posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:16 by smokey01
A hot toddy usually works quite well for me.
The juice of a lemon
Two big teaspoons of honey
A couple of shots of Irish whisky, scotch is ok too
All stirred in boiling water

Get into bed and drink it. The next morning after some serious sweating you should feel better.

Repeat as often as you need to.

Posted on 10 Sep 2012, 19:18 by Tronkel
Don't mix with Joe Public
That's what happens when you abandon sweet isolation in the fresh air Perenjori for the doubtful benefits of mixing with Joe Public in Melbourne. I hate travelling on the Underground here for that self-same reason.

Is this an anti-social attitude? You bet! Bah to the General Public - keep your uneducated germs to yourself! I never was a member of that particular organisation.

Posted on 10 Sep 2012, 19:45 by mmmrr
epsom salts
these salts of magnesium, added to a hot bath, or soak of feet, etc. are a real assist to body bringing its internal fluid
systems into healthy state. two cups in the bath is not too
much. if a night then hot as you can, soak 'til sleep beckons,
swiftly as poss straight to bed. daytime also helpful.
cheers, mm

Posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:00 by p310don
works for me
fill each ear up with methylated spirits and let it drain, and gargle with salt water. Combined, these give me something to do while I wait for my body to get better..!

Posted on 11 Sep 2012, 2:13 by dionicio
Living with millions
Simple measures,
My daughter's school implemented
enforced alcohol gel at the entrance
and a little bottle in their bags...

Flu dropped to a 1/4 from previous year.

As for you, Barry, eat easy to digest proteins
and fruits. Sleep a lot. Take care of
body temperature. Someone to watch you.

Take a brake. You are part of it, too.


Posted on 13 Sep 2012, 18:28 by bignono1
Get well
Get well soon Barry.

Posted on 13 Sep 2012, 24:36 by GCMartin
Precise allows NE$TBOOTing to occur
@Barry, here is a minor issue which surfaced for those users who have been using Netboot to boot any PCs on the LAN without it having to use its media.

The only issue which aries is its need for DNSMASQ which provides uses beyond the NETBOOT use. The NETBOOT PET that JamesBond provides for 32/64bit systems use DNSMASQ to give Precise (or any PUP) the subsystem which the LAN PCs get their OS.

In an effort to address the above thread, mentioned, 2 of the most experienced members suggest that this is/could be in "common" REPOs available to all PUPs.

If you feel this a good approach, if would prove helpful.

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