“And when my husband was just starting out as a doctor, he was trying to get practice. They used to try, to have to try, you know. And they called him and he went to see this little old lady. He gave her some capsules. And they used to carry their medicine with them. They had a bag, and it was full of soda pills, a lot of it was, you know, to make you think they were giving you something. They didn’t have aspirin. That was before aspirin; can you imagine? Anyway, they’d have a few pills. Well, he gave her some capsules. And you know how they’re put together. Well, her daughter kept saying, “Here, take your medicine. Here’s your medicine.” She wouldn’t take it. And she wouldn’t take it. Finally the daughter asked, “Why don’t you want to take it?” And the little old lady said, “I’m afraid to take them there cartridges. Why, I’d blow up in a minute!”
—Frances C. Cole, 1890 Buncombe County – “Rough Weather Makes Good Timber”
I’m thankful I’ve never had to live in a world without aspirin. Can you imagine having the flu and not having any good way to reduce your fever consistently? A few years back Chatter grew feverfew, which is supposed to be a good natural fever reducer, but we’ve never tried it. I do somehow feel comforted to know it grows in my yard.
Today’s Thankful November giveaway is a used copy of the book “Rough Weather Makes Good Timber” by Patsy Moore Ginns. To be entered in the giveaway leave a comment on this post. *Giveaway ends on Saturday November 23, 2019 .