Walking Pneumonia: A Working Class Sick Femme Prayer
Soak your chest in Vicks, girl.
Shoplift some oil of oregano.
Thyme in boiling water, put a saucer over the top. It’ll bring out that golden oil. Honey
Get that phlegm up.
Mucinex, yes—it’s a wonder drug, it came from an herb from a country some of us come from.
But mostly, rest. You can’t do “just a little bit of work.” You can’t “go on just a short plane ride.”
A roasted onion and some mustard in a compress on your chest.
It’s cheap. Hit the $15 community acupuncture clinic. They will tell you to rest.
There’s a real risk of walking pneumonia. But you knew that.
We walk through pneumonia all the time. We walk and roll through every damn thing. Yeah, I know it’s connected to grief. There will be more.
Chest aching from the barking cough. Mountain of pillows.
Chicken soup in the freezer. Cedar tea from the corner tree:
I’ve been there. I can working class-femme-MacGyver my way through any sick and tired.
Make it to and through the airport with my inhaler, cane, Claritin, and Yin Chiao. Then my body collapsed, insisted I rest.
Working class femme lungs spread like aching, congested butterflies, wings beating but slow, slathered with every home remedy but rest.