Bromeliad, when you feel a cold coming
ran out of pineapple juice a couple weeks ago.
i always keep a couple containers of pure pineapple juice in the fridge to ward off colds. The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. it contains natural bromide, which can be related to but not defined to treatment of some health issues. bromide is used in cold medicine. i checked this out with mae, my “go to” expert on everything.
mrs. Namsoo, a long ago teacher here in otterville, who was from Trinidad, told mae the raw pineapple was used by everybody with a cold and the secret for its use was to start as soon as you sense a cold coming on.
The pineapple symbolizes hospitality and it tastes really good alone or as a mix with an assortment of other things you might want to drink. i drink it straight or eat it raw. unlike mae, who likes to do everything for herself and buys it with the shell and crown on, i buy mine already cleaned and sliced in those little, very useful, clear containers, or already juiced.
like i said, i have for a very long time kept a couple containers of pure pineapple juice in the fridge and gulp it down as soon as i think i might be getting something. i have not had a cold in a very long time. That’s proof enough for me.
since i didn’t have any when the inkling hit and didn’t get out to get any for a couple days, the bug got a good hold of me. i doctored myself for almost two weeks but things continued to get worse.
The coughing was vicious. i was forced to spend the night sitting up in a chair because of the coughing, which does not make for good sleeping, but also because i had to be close to the bathroom. at this point all the years of kegels weren’t enough.
The over-the-counter medications and homemade remedies i was using were just not working so i broke down and went to the doctor. regardless of how awful i felt, the doctor could not find anything to back up my complaints. my chest, lungs, ears, throat and sinuses were clear and my nasal passages dry (who knew that was a good thing?). she advised me to continue the Tylenol, buckley’s, honey and cayenne pepper. did you know there is a brand of cough drops that has inspirational and motivational quotes printed on the wrappers?
during all this i spent lots of time, coiled up in front of the fireplace, swaddled in blankets, watching Tv and learning a few more words i can share.
Convivial - friendly atmosphere, lively, enjoyable; a cheerful, jovial person. vituperative - bitter and abusive. anathema - something or someone that one vehemently dislikes, hates.
Fridge is again well stocked with pineapple juice.