One of the best reasons for writing this blog is so that in 20-odd years time when my memory is even more ruined than it is now, and Climber for whatever reason phones me and says Do you know if I've had the chicken pox? I will be able to execute a quick search and say to him Why yes darling, you had it when you were 9 and a quarter, despite the fact that you and your brother were both vaccinated against it as babies, and it was a reasonably mild case.
And then if he wants to know anything more about it I'll be able to tell him that he got his symptoms on a Friday night and saw a Doctor on Saturday afternoon and by then we'd pretty much missed the local chemists and so I made a judgement call that a mild case would not warrant a special trip to a far-away chemist and that was a shame because he then proceeded to have a very bad night and I only had a hotch-potch of home-made recipes to help him with, like the not terribly effective oatmeal bath before bedtime (made from pureeing some rolled oats which I think destroyed the blender motor), and the calamine lotion in a spray bottle that I gave him to get him through the night which wasn't anywhere near good enough, so he spent basically from 12-3am awake and in distress, till I got him up and put him in a bath with all the available bicarb and some drops of lavender oil and then daubed the worst sores with lavender oil and that let him sleep through till morning. And then he'll be able to say Thanks Mum and I might hear him telling his partner that they really ought to go to chemist immediately for phenergan and pinetarsol bath solution just in case, but to check the stores of bicarb and lavender oil as a back-up. And I'll be able to ask him if there's any other disease he needs to know about because I know for a fact that he had scarlet fever when he was three-ish, also parvovirus and molluscums at about age 8, both of which his brother had too, and when is he coming round for dinner and to help us move the heavy thing?
For ANZAC Day this is so beautiful and tender
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