On the Sick List – Pat Lang

I am suffering from my usual mid-winter heavy cold.  I went to my doctor today.  I got through the holiday season before it really got bad.  This is not pneumonia.  I have had that several times brought on by exposure over the years.  Bear with me for a while if I seem not on my game.  pl

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37 Responses to On the Sick List – Pat Lang

  1. pj33 says:

    Hope you get your favorite cold fighting soup!

  2. Ramojus says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Your insight is needed now more than ever…

  3. turcopolier says:

    I have run out of Virginia Gentleman. pl

  4. crone says:

    Take care of yourself… really appreciate your insight, hoping you are better soon.

  5. Ishmael Zechariah says:

    I wish you a quick, complete, recovery. Here is a get-well poem from Ogden Nash:
    Common Cold – Poem by Ogden Nash
    Go hang yourself, you old M.D.!
    You shall not sneer at me.
    Pick up your hat and stethoscope,
    Go wash your mouth with laundry soap;
    I contemplate a joy exquisite
    I’m not paying you for your visit.
    I did not call you to be told
    My malady is a common cold.
    By pounding brow and swollen lip;
    By fever’s hot and scaly grip;
    By those two red redundant eyes
    That weep like woeful April skies;
    By racking snuffle, snort, and sniff;
    By handkerchief after handkerchief;
    This cold you wave away as naught
    Is the damnedest cold man ever caught!
    Give ear, you scientific fossil!
    Here is the genuine Cold Colossal;
    The Cold of which researchers dream,
    The Perfect Cold, the Cold Supreme.
    This honored system humbly holds
    The Super-cold to end all colds;
    The Cold Crusading for Democracy;
    The Führer of the Streptococcracy.
    Bacilli swarm within my portals
    Such as were ne’er conceived by mortals,
    But bred by scientists wise and hoary
    In some Olympic laboratory;
    Bacteria as large as mice,
    With feet of fire and heads of ice
    Who never interrupt for slumber
    Their stamping elephantine rumba.
    A common cold, gadzooks, forsooth!
    Ah, yes. And Lincoln was jostled by Booth;
    Don Juan was a budding gallant,
    And Shakespeare’s plays show signs of talent;
    The Arctic winter is fairly coolish,
    And your diagnosis is fairly foolish.
    Oh what a derision history holds
    For the man who belittled the Cold of Colds!

  6. Haralambos says:

    The Greeks have several wishes for this, Col.. One I like is ΣΙΔΕΡΑΝΙΑ. I imagine you know the meaning. Be well, and speedy recovery.

  7. Henshaw says:

    I trust SWMBO has issued appropriate orders.

  8. Jack says:

    I find hot toddy works wonders for my throat. Whisky, lemon, honey, a bit of cayenne and piping hot water. Sipped by a warm fire.
    Please get well soon! We’re in momentous times and your astute observations and analysis is much needed You’ve lived in the thicket.

  9. Fred says:

    How about Armagnac? I may open my bottle in sympathy.

  10. pl,
    This one’s for you from one of my favorite musicians:

  11. J says:

    Pat, hope you get to feeling better.

  12. Cortes says:

    Just whisky, hot water and one or two cloves.
    Get well soon.

  13. Lemur says:

    hope you get better soon, Col.

  14. DH says:

    Water, water, and more water. Feel better, Colonel!

  15. Cee says:

    Col. Lang,
    Get well soon. I began drinking a shot of Braggs vinegar mixed with garlic, hot pepper, onion, oregano oil, tumeric,and ginger three years ago and haven’t been sick since. Also a difusser filled with eucalyptus and tea oil may help your sinuses and lungs.
    I just nursed my stubborn sister back from a two day 102.4 fever to reg temp and feeling almost normal in 4 days with the above, plus broth.
    This season is nasty to people.

  16. ex-PFC Chuck says:

    I recommend some good Scotch. Best wishes and take care of yourself.

  17. Mac says:

    Hope you get well soon –
    Feels like we are spiraling out of control.
    The country needs you Sir.

  18. Croesus says:

    Chicken soup.
    And a down quilt.
    Hope you feel better soon.

  19. John Minnerath says:

    Get healed up Colonel, these cold winters make my old bones ache too.

  20. Babak Makkinejad says:

    أتْمَنّالکِ الصِحَّه وِالسلامَه

  21. Kilo 4/11 says:

    Colonel, though you probably already know, better to err on the side of caution where health is concerned, so I’ll tell you anyway: there is a vaccine for pneumonia.
    Though come to think of it, if you were going to err on the side of caution where your health was concerned, you would not have had a career in the military.
    Get well soon, please.

  22. David says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  23. Jack says:

    I too have a weakness for Armagnac. My favorite are the Darroze bottlings.

  24. jld says:

    I would suggest a bit of Vitamin D, it’s immunity enhancing properties are very understated.
    It also seem especially relevant for trouble occurring in winter.

  25. Balint Somkuti, PhD says:

    Get well soon sir!
    Seems to me there is a strange language competition formulating so here is my take:

  26. James F says:

    Get well, Sir.

  27. Cee says:

    I never tried acupuncture but other good tips in that article. Yes, sweating it out is key as well. Thanks.

  28. YT says:

    No worries, Ma’am.
    Pls. ensure that practioner with needles is a certified professional.
    With that, I bid you:
    A 2017 that bringeth tidings of Comfort & Joy.
    Let nothing you dismay…

  29. ISL says:

    Dear Colonel,
    I managed to almost get ill a few weeks ago but afterwards seemed to have scattered sinus problems, very tired, and brain foggy. After seeing the doctor and starting antibiotics, the fog has lifted.
    Now for the important news:
    Most of the side effects of having a drink with antibiotics are the same as having a drink alone. Hence a Scottish MD in Aberdeen once recommended a nice single malt with the antibiotics he prescribed…
    However, as I am not a doctor, consider me as solely relaying the notes of the mayo clinic….

  30. Larry M. says:

    I wish you a complete recovery.

  31. Cee says:

    I mentioned that my sister was sick but refused to go to the ER. Left to Corey Booker and you needed cheaper meds, you’d die. He and several others shot down a bill on importing cheaper meds from Canada. The corporate pharma whore then lied about why he did it.
    Thank God for herbs and natural remedies.

  32. trinlae says:

    Garlic soup is full of anti bacterials: the minced organic can be used out of the jar w.o much effort, just dump as much as you can tolerate into your favorite soup mix. It will also fortify the gut for hot toddy treatments.
    Try taking zinc supplement next time you feel a bug coming on, it can often abort the flare up into full blown flu.
    But mostly, hope you use the opportunity to rest throroughly! Epiphanies await the convalescing, contemplative mind!

  33. YT says:

    Chinaman, Hellenic, Magyar, Persian, and other descendants from all the builders of Babel, gather in this æther (noosphere) to fawn [genuine] Concern over the Health of the Commitee host.
    Not once in several millenia since the Fall of Man have so many gathered to allow this “strange language competition formulating”.
    United only by the lingua franca of Perfidious Albion…

  34. Joe says:

    I also wish you a complete recovery.The country needs you Sir.

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