Medical matters

Just when I thought September was already full to capacity with medical appointments  Bear and Whale managed a double whammy.

Yesterday Bear went down with ‘flu symptoms. I’m not saying swine ‘flu because it wasn’t that bad. A temperature of 37.7 soon went down to 36.2 but the aches and pains persist and he doesn’t feel like getting out of bed. On the other hand, the nurse said he must eat, even if he is sick afterwards,  to counteract the insulin.  He’s only been sick once (yesterday) and now he is eating happily – but  he only wanted a few chips with his fish so he’s not back to normal by any means. The big problem is that he’s due for a cataract operation next week . . . . . .

Then it was Whale’s turn. I came back from my appointment with the physio  to find him in a panic because his catheter was leaking.  This is the second time in two weeks and it usually results in making his legs stiff so he can hardly move them – also a sign of an infection. I rang the locum but she absolutely refused to change a catheter (not that we have one handy at home).

I asked her if I should try ringing the out patients’ department where the nurses usually do it (every five weeks) because  it’s only these last two occasions when it was changed on the ward and then in casualty when there have been problems.

It may be a coincidence but when the home nurse used to change it  he was always having to go to hospital because of leaks and blockages. The hospital used a different make of catheter but our local chemist couldn’t get hold of them for us and the hospital refused to let us have any from their pharmacy so, eventually, the doctor decided he should have it changed at the hospital every five weeks. This means the cost of an ambulance (about 150 euros) plus an outpatient visit instead of  less than 10 euros if our home nurse did it. We don’t have to pay ourselves but it seems a waste of money for the SECU (roughly the equivalent of the NHS).

Anyway, the nurses at outpatients couldn’t fit him in so I had to dial 15  for medical emergencies after all. I explained the problem and an ambulance arrived within ten minutes. That’s what I call service!

Now, some of you may know that I’m very interested in alternative medicine and I  recently heard of  Hydrogen Peroxide as a  cure and preventative for many diseases. It can be good for boosting the immune system and relieving ‘flu symptoms so I thought it would be a worthwhile investment seeing as we’ve all decided to avoid the new vaccine like the plague!

The 35% Food Grade H2O2 has to be diluted with distilled water so we ordered a contraption that produces a gallon of distilled water in 4 hours.putting together It took a bit of careful reading of instructions and washing of all the bits and pieces before I was able to assemble it and go into production.

Bear stood around offering criticism and advice which I could well do without but, eventually I got it working and yesterday we  started taking a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in 5 fluid ounces of distilled water as explained in the booklet.


I’ll let you know if it alleviates  Bear’s ‘flu symptoms and prevents the rest of us from catching the lurgy.

14 Responses to “Medical matters”

  1. guyana gyal Says:

    Hm, I’d better not let folks here know about hydrogen peroxide, they might want to DRINK it!

    As for the flu vaccine, I wonder how bad the swine flu REALLY is. Hmmph.

    Well. actually we are drinking it but with lots of water!
    As for how bad the swine ‘flu really is, it seems most people who have had it don’t think it’s any worse than any other ‘flu. People who suffer more serious symptoms usually have other health problems as well.

  2. Pat Says:

    I was told by the chiropodist today not to dab tea tree oil on my injured toe nails. I hadn’t – I used an antiseptic cream. She said the TT oil was corrosive.
    I don’t know about hydrogen peroxide apart from its bleaching qualities but I’m sure you have done research.
    Poor you with two invalids to care for.

    Yes, I have read a lot about it, Pat and spoken to people involved in treating a boy of 7 who had cancer and is now recovering well using this therapy after his doctors said they could do no more for him.

  3. Keith Says:

    I’ve got a recipe somewhere on how to make explosives with hydrogen peroxide, caster sugar and xxxxxxxxx. (censored, in case you get any funny ideas!)

  4. Keith Says:

    Oh yes, if you are taking it internally move very slowly afterwards and whatever you do don’t jump up and down, or bump into anything!

    Haha, Keith, trust you to think of something like that. 😮

  5. Little old me Says:

    I use Tea tree oil for, lets not go into it here I didn’t know it was corrosive, but then again I didn’t know you could take hydrogen peroxid and while I am here what’s happing with keiths blog does anyone know. I can see he’s still about.

  6. guyana gyal Says:

    Wow, and I thought I was joking about the drinking of it! But you did dilute it, didn’t you? You didn’t just put the bottle to your mouth and glug…which is what I meant by DRINK.

    Haha, when Keith said, ‘hydrogen peroxide, caster sugar and xxxxxxxxx’ I thought the xxxxxxxxx meant ‘kisses’.

  7. Keith Says:

    GG> Kisses are even MORE dangerous. Look at the trouble I got into; 36 years of maritial hell on earth!

  8. sablonneuse Says:

    Helen, I use Tea tree oil too, but looks like we’ll bth have to be careful.

    G-G, It’s diluted with distilled water – you measure the drops (3 going up to 15 over two weeks) in at least 5 fluid ounces of water – and you have to use 35% FOOD grade Hydrogen Peroxide.

    Keith: You’re right about kisses but why have you put closed on your blog? You’ve got us all worried.

  9. tillylil Says:

    I’ve only ever used it to bleach hair. Hope it works for you.
    I guess Bear and Whale do have other health problems so are at risk of complications if they contract swine flu.

  10. canisfamiliaris Says:


    Are you sure it isn’t SWINE flu? after all …


    Well I can’t be 100% sure it wasn’t swine ‘flu, Derek, as there have been mild cases in the village, according to the nurse, and Bear did go to a concert in the church a few weeks ago. . . .

  11. Vagabonde Says:

    We came back from Canada and I am catching up with all your posts. I used diluted Peroxide to clean my cat’s eye once, but that’s all. Your garden looks very good. Unfortunately when we came back to Georgia we were surprised to find that our family room had been flooded. We are still cleaning up. I posted some pictures of the flood on my blog. Today is my eldest daughter’s birthday and when I just called her to wish her a happy birthday she told me something I think you will find funny. She looked at her birth certificate to see at what time she was born and noticed under “race” for father they had written “Caucasian/white” and for mother, they had written ”French.” Don’t they realize that there are French citizens who are white, black, yellow or whatever, and that to be French is not a “race” but a nationality. Actually in Francophobe US, they may want to make sure to know when someone is born from a French mother – too funny don’t you think?

    • sablonneuse Says:

      The Americans have been over sensitive about people entering their territory since long before 9/11. I remember the brusque questionning when we went on a family holiday to Florida in the 1970’s.
      I hope your daughter had a good birthday.

  12. Sara Hopkins Says:

    hydrogen peroxide is my standard disinfectant for cuts, anything likely to become infected, although i’ve been told it’s too harsh for skin…
    ’twill be interesting to see how this remedy works!

    • sablonneuse Says:

      Well, as I said, it’s diluted – just a few drops in a glass of distilled water so we are still alive!

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