Before I get started on what I actually want to write about this evening, I thought I'd just give you a progress report. Basically I'm still going downhill and I don't think it'll be long before I'm in hospital, but for now I'm still at home and getting tired and frustrated.
Now then ...
As a severe asthmatic whose often in hospital I'm frequently offered friendly pieces of 'advice' on how my asthma might be cured. Now my consultant is rather knowledgeable about asthma, seeing as he writes the national treatment guidelines for asthma, so what I want to know is if these things that are suggested are really that wonderful, why on earth doesn't my doctor tell me about them? The answer: These so-called cures are a load of rubbish! One of the big give aways is the word 'cure' itself, as there is no cure for asthma. The other give away is that some of the suggestions are just plain weird and wacky. Here are some that I've come across (only a few of them have been suggested to me, others are things I've heard be suggested to other asthmatics or have read about):
1. Live at sea. Not by the sea, but at sea.
2. Inhale hydrogen peroxide.
3. Play the violin.
4. Have seven sessions of head and face massage.
5. Eat pink marshmallows.
6. Drink organic cranberry juice.
7. Sit in front of a 125 watt infrared light (with an aluminium shade).
8. Omit sugar from your diet.
9. Drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar four times a day.
10. Drink a small glass of warm/hot water mixed with cayenne pepper, followed by lots of cold water. [Oh, now why would you need the cold water!]
11. Have a cold shower everyday.
12. Inhale the smell of a freshly cut lemon, then eat a quarter of it (including the peel, pith and pips), and drink a glass of water.
13. Live your life wearing a dust mask.
14. Chew on dehydrated dog poo!!!
I don't think I'll be giving any of them a go any time soon, and I don't recommend it to anyone else either.
Any more for any more?