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I'll be sparing in my replies to everyone for a little while yet, unfortunately - such are the joys of tonsillitis.

It began unpleasantly last Wednesday; woke up, and realised the night had left me with a body enhancement of an undesirable nature. Took the day off, things didn't improve, bought some reasonable lozenges and ibuprofen to deal with the earache it had also given me. Thursday - almost fine! Went in, had a normal day. Friday - started feeling very slightly flu-ish, but other than that, still good.

Saturday, less so, but still nothing compared to the first day. Still, as a precaution, I dropped by the pharmacy and picked up some antiseptic suitable for gargling, and soluble aspirin for the same purpose. Saturday night.. back to as it had been, Sunday worse.

Cue a quick phone call to one of the local practices, and managed to get an appointment. (One of the benefits of living in a small town with a relatively old population - two practices in the main street, and another down the road) I couldn't oblige opening my mouth very wide, which didn't help the guy, but he agreed it was clearly a tonsil attack - "almost looks like an abscess". At least it wasn't (or so we hope =:) anything more than that, so bringing Hyzenthlay with me on the off-chance of a need to be admitted to a hospital forthwith was as unnecessary as I'd thought.

Strolled down to the nearby pharmacy, and picked up the prescription - a week's worth of liquid penicillin. (Just look what you've won!) Four times a day, 2 x 5ml doses, doubled for the first day.

So, still far from perfect - food is still soup, or the ice cream the doctor all but ordered I buy - but I haven't had to pop any painkillers since Monday night, so something's obviously working. With all this broad-spectrum antibiotic sloshing around inside, I could probably heal people just by touching them. =:)

Once this is all well and truly over, I am so going to attack a big pizza order.
Mmm! I'd been thinking there's bound to be some fallout from such a microbiological blitz. Hafta check if there's any of the good stuff in the nearby supermarket, or if that's something most easily left to the next delivery (cheaper than the bus, after all, and way easier having someone lug it to the door, if there's a bunch of 2l bottles, or a goodly collection of beer and cider. Such a pity there's no good substitute for bottling, even with current canning tech. Best, of course, would be if the local place could bring in a few casks of ciders from around the county, and just dispense into whatever containers you had, much as Middle Farm does, but in a more easily accessible location).

I wonder if good kimchee would do the trick.. I might be able to go into town and find some there. (And even if not, the Chinese supermarket I noticed might at least be a good spot to pounce for things like soy, black bean, and oyster sauce for sensible prices, rather than the supermarkets' preference for petite table-top bottles. Just wish it were possible to find good oyster sauce that wasn't half MSG)

Sauerkraut's wonderful stuff. Nice big pile of it, some sliced up potatoes with garlic and finely chopped ham, and a couple honking big bratwurst.. =:9 Actually, bratwurst's something I haven't enjoyed in a while now - plenty of other sausages, but I don't think I've encountered them at the place I usually go to for my deliveries. Maybe I need to take up hawthorn's open invitation to visit.. 'sbeen about six years since I last saw Germany, and about the same for Belgium too, so another visit to Westvleteren is definitely in order.