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Folk remedy might bring some relief

Guest columnist

It had to happen. The first signs of a changing season I come down with the dreaded fall cold.

Aching bones, watering eyes, and hollow coughs. Can’t lie down and don’t want to sit up. The best I can say about it is that it will soon be over.

An old doctor friend once said he could give a shot for the cold and it would be better in a week. Or he said if you didn’t get the shot the cold would last for seven days.

So I followed his advice and used the old folk remedy and discovered my doctor friend was wrong. It takes two weeks.

One big swallow from the jar holding liquor and brown sugar that’s been around for a long time might offer some relief. If you can get it down, it will ease a burning throat. And get lots of rest. What else am I doing?

I was sorry that I felt bad the short time my granddaughter and great-grandson were here. They are so much pleasure and their visits are getting further and further apart. Coming from Richmond isn’t easy anymore. Not only the mileage but his school and her work keep them closer to their home.

And our health problems keep us closer home. So their visits are really valuable. But this is life, or our life that is, and we seem to adapt to change fairly well.

We have talked with friends quite a bit about the perils of aging and how we are handling what life puts upon us.

It isn’t what any of us expected, but then we didn’t believe it would happen so fast.  Lots of information is published about aging and how to prepare for it.

Aside from realizing that your needs will gobble up more dollars than your social security check and redoing the bathroom, I find there’s little you can learn and do about the situation.

Growing old gracefully is a catchy phrase that few of us will master – or want to. I say I have earned my place at the head of the line and I usually walk in and go there.

Many people show much respect for older ones and if you really want to get it, carry a cane. Doors open and the best chairs become available.

Grab them if you want to, or keep going to the head of the line. Don’t feel bad about it.

Soon their time will come and they can have the comfort seat, or may be they’ll want to be first in line.

And for now just move over.

We are slow, but we know seasons change and old folk remedies often work and next week will be a better one.

Kathryn Yarbro is former managing editor of the

Lincoln Times-News.


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