Day 6. Flu

In August 2012 on August 18, 2012 at 7:18 am

What I suspiciously and perhaps a little hastily judged to be a man-cold in my husband turned out to be full-blown flu with additional bacterial infection to boot.

The poor bugger has been sick for a good 2 weeks.

I sent him off to our family GP, a fantastic bloke and great doctor. Having obtained a PhD in neurology prior to his medical studies, he is a true advocate of evidence-based medicine. He sent my man home with a script for antibiotics as well as advice to take zinc tablets. I nearly collapsed in a heap – mineral supplements?! I did a bit of Goolgling, and found this NY Times blog: For Cold Virus, Zinc May Edge Out Even Chicken Soup. As described in the article, there is some evidence to support a role for zinc early in ‘common cold’ viral infections for reducing the length and intensity of the symptoms.

Not sure it’s going to help him so late in the piece, but with a great swathe of work lined up for me in the next fortnight, I’m popping a tablet daily. I also made chicken soup yesterday, just to be safe.

[photo thanks to travelust on flickr]

  1. My dear friend Balf asked for my chicken soup recipe – please note this did not generate the image shown above! But it’s a good and quick ‘cheats’ chicken soup, taken from Delicious magazine and modified to suit me.

    Poached Chicken with Vegetables

    1 litre chicken stock
    1 bay leaf
    shredded roasted/steamed chicken meat
    3 sweet carrots, peeled and julienned
    4 sticks celery, sliced finely
    1 head broccoli or couple of hand-fulls of snow peas or cup of frozen peas
    parsley or basil to garnish

    Put stock and bay leaf in saucepan, bring to boil
    Add chicken, carrots and celery and simmer gently 5-10 mins
    Add green vege and cook 5 more mins
    (aim to still have a bit of crunch in the veges)
    Add herbs

    Distribute chicken and veges in bowls, and pour over stock


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