The dreaded lurgy

27 May

So what is the dreaded lurgy? A highly technical term for a general undefined infectious malady, according to the Urban Dictionary. The term apparently goes back to the 1950’s, to an episode called the Dreaded Lurgi on The Goon Show, a radio comedy show, that starred Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellars. I vaguely remember this show growing up. Dad thought it was hilarious but I used to think it was really stupid 😉 I thought the same about The Goodies on ABC TV.

I have the dreaded lurgy – my medical diagnosis.

Not much is happening in my world – feeling worse if that’s possible. So no exercise. No running. The bike is sitting in the shed unridden. Can’t breathe so swimming is out.

Spent the day reading newspapers, sneezing, going through endless tissues, lying down, getting up, taking panadol. Made the lemon, garlic and ginger elixir in Lee Holmes Supercharged Food book – she says to “mix up this magical concoction to combat winter chills and keep bugs at bay.” Probably a little late for that (keeping bugs at bay) but hoping it might obliterate a few bugs in the process. It might give me garlic breath but no-one is going to come within 20 paces of me at present anyway. It was a surprisingly delicious hot drink and it made me feel healthy, even if only temporarily. 

Also had a delicious baked sweet potato stuffed with salmon, shallot, oven baked tomatoes and cottage cheese for lunch – the beta carotene (which converts to vitamin A in the body) in the sweet potato is great for infection and packs a punch against colds and flu. I also had more pumpkin soup (more beta carotene) for dinner tonight. 


3 Responses to “The dreaded lurgy”

  1. Steve 27/05/2012 at 10:47 pm #

    Kill those bugs with food overload, way to go. Always next week to run, bike, swim off those extra kgs. Hang in, better soon.

    • cathyn61 27/05/2012 at 10:50 pm #

      A sweet potato for lunch and pumpkin soup for dinner is hardly food overload.

      • Strewth 27/05/2012 at 11:53 pm #

        So pleased that you at least have some appetite and managing to cook such delicious healthy food. Please stay warm and rested for a few more days before facing the cold temperatures and that work overload. Most importantly get well soon. Big hugs (with my head averted so I don’t catch the bugs lol)! xxxxxx

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