At a time when so many people are hit with upper respiratory infections whether it be from Covid or any one of the pretty nasty lung type flu bugs going around, or from the change of season when so many people come down with upper respiratory irritations from the dust blowing around from their heating ducts, it’s a good idea to know what herbs and essential oils can help with these problems.
My husband and I came down with a particularly nasty one with massive coughing, difficulty in breathing, tiredness, larengytis and trouble sleeping over the last month. At first, being a self-taught herbalist, I tried everything I could think of. But it was getting dire so my husband said we should go to the doctor. We don’t have a family doctor so we went to the local ER at the hospital. We thought we had pneumonia but at least a nasty upper respiratory infection of some kind.
At the ER at first the doctor insisted we do a covid test but we declined asking for more traditional testing like blood draw and lab work. This was denied. We were given chest xrays to count out pneumonia which didn’t show up. In a rather off-hand and arrogant manner this doctor decided to rubber stamp it. We tried the doctor solution – antibiotics, steroids and inhalers. This is what is used for a bacterial infection which was not established. As soon as these things ran out we were right back where we started. But because I don’t use antibiotics unless it’s a last resort, because of the damage it does to the gut beneficial microbes which comprise about 85% of the immune system, I was concerned that this was not only a waste of time but also damaging.
I have a wonderful alternative physician in California who helped me thru a number of bronchitis type illnesses over the years as when anything goes wrong with my body it usually ends up in the lungs. We refused the covid testing because of the information we learned that this test is about 97% false positive and the q-tip thing they stick up into your nose is actually a covert kind of vaccine – there is a space just between the sinuses and brain where the tissue is so thin things can penetrate into the brain if pushed hard enough. According to my research these test q-tips are topped with vaccine-like components which when pressed up against the brain behind the sinuses, you are getting a dose of the vaccine components. Since the way this is administered, just about pushing thru this thin little tissue, I’m very leary of getting that close to brain tissue besides the other information. So, we declined.
Instead I had my doctor in California do a remote testing and it turned out that we didn’t have a bacterial infection and bronchitis as we were diagnosed by the MD, but it was a combination of yeast, mold, fungi and virus. Antibiotics are useless against virus, and the other components of this illness aren’t usually handled by them. But he refused to do anything other than a covid test so he was just shooting in the dark. So much for MD practice these days.
We got a protocol of herbal medicines (mostly Chinese Traditional Herbs in a special formulation), colloidal silver, Vitamin A, and 4 energetic remedies from my wonderful Californai doctor. This started to immediately help. The antibiotics did nothing. Only a slight retreat of symptoms that came right back. We were grateful for this herbal+ treatment and continued taking them for 3+ weeks. We could tell it was working as the coughing became less horrible, we were breathing better, and were eventually able to sleep horizontally, whereas before we both had to sit up to sleep so we could breathe.
Apparently whatever this particular illness going around, and I’m not convinced at all it was covid since we didn’t have any of the other symptoms like loss of taste, fever, etc., it lingers. And the coughing though less severe has continued. One of the things I did notice though was brain fog.
Brain fog is a weird thing. You feel lethargic but I couldn’t really tell how far my thinking had diminished until I started feeling more ‘awake’. And all that time I was relying on my doctor’s vast knowledge to pull us thru. But there are a number of herbs that could have speeded our recovery beyond what we received from my friend if I was in my right mind and thinking it thru. So, once I started to recover, I started to revisit my research notes on lung support herbs and protocols and started taking some of them which I had on hand all along but forgot about while I was coughing my head off and trying to get enough oxygen into my lungs.
I realize that you probably don’t have access to the energetic preparations or herbal formulations from my doctor but you can certainly take Vitamin A several times a day, get yourself some colloidal silver and likewise take it 3 or 4 times a day. I’ll give you his contact information at the end of this article and you can get his help if you need it. You’ll have to send him a hair sample so he can test you. And his formuli are not inexpensive, but certainly well worth it. I love this guy and his tech. He’s saved my life a number of times over the years with his expertise. That being said, nothing else was working, but his remedies, so I’m grateful.
Let it be said that before we resorted to the ER and the MD there, I had tried every herbal remedy I knew of at the time to boost the immune system and nothing was working, and we got progressively worse until we got desperate and went the MD route. So my confidence in my own knowledge was considerably at a loss. But I was so sick I wasn’t thinking at my peak.
Here are the herbal remedies I have since revisited. Most of them I grow in my own organic herb garden so it’s a matter of walking out into the garden with a basket and a pair of clippers to harvest. But they are all available online with such herbal companies as Starwest Botanicals or Mountain Rose Herb Co. Once harvested from my own garden I then process them into various forms. I make powdered herbs which I encapsulate myself, or make tea, decoction or alcohol tinctures. I had on hand horehound candy but I also grow it. So we used the candy already made since my energy level has been so low any way I could to save work, we used what was on hand. But it’s not hard to make and I will make more when my horehound plant grows big enough to harvest.
Here are the herbs I found helpful:
Horehound is a marvelous lung herb. It’s a member of the mint family, very bitter, the leaves are used. Marribium vulgare – treats wet coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis, loss of breath, removes phlegm from the lungs which gets impacted and accumulates in the throat, lungs or sinuses, wheezing, upper respiratory problems caused by phlegm, whooping cough, and sore throats (as a lozenge). Because of the bitterness it is often made into either a syrup or into candy lozenges. (You could take it as a tea but boy is it bitter.) It’s especially good for the elderly or children in those forms.
One of the most disturbing feature of this particular bug was how full the lungs became and stayed. Coughing to get it out was exhausting. I wish I had remembered this herb when we were at the worst part of the illness. You can purchase horehound ‘candy’ (actually a lozenge) online or sometimes in stores that carry old time things. I have had my jar of it for years and it’s still good. Don’t remember where I got it. Here is a recipe for the candy. Do your research, there’s lots on the internet about this herb. https://nittygrittylife.com/horehound-candy/?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-pug
Pine Needles and Pine Sap White or Loblolly Pine and Spruce (never Red Pine which can be toxic) all being rich in Vitamin C and a number of antioxidants, antivirals, DNA/RNA protecting compounds, and antiseptic compounds called monoterpenes. These monoterpenes are antibacterial and antifungal, and are one of the reasons that pine has a history of use as a wash for fungal and other skin infections. In addition to that particular chemical, pine is rich in a host of other constituents. It contains tannins, resins, essential oils, terpenes and a chemical called pinipricin. https://redearthwildcrafted.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/pine-tree-medicine/comment-page-1/
In fact pine is so medicinal that I was told by a Russian woman one day while I was demonstrating pine needle tea in my 1700’s living history group, that during WWII when the Russian people in northern Russia couldn’t get antibiotics they used pine needle tea. It’s so effective one of my friends in the living history group who used to suffer from flu every winter started drinking it and stopped having winter flues.
Pine offers needles, sap, in the spring catkins (edible and medicinal) and these forms can be made into tinctures, salves and ointments for skin problems, and tea. Pine is such a versatile and beneficial plant I’m wondering why more people don’t use this resource. Just having a few saplings in one’s yard can be a medicine chest in disguise.
The tincture and tea are expectorant (dislodges phlegm from the lungs and allows them to be coughed out) and a decongestant to free the lungs. Used in chronic disease (like chronic sinus infections, asthma, several heart conditions, liver protection and healing, sleep disorders, sinus headaches and pressure, memory loss, vision health,) it also boosts production of red and white blood cells for healing and health. It improves circulation which allows delivery of vital nutrients into the extremeties, and prevents blood clots, also regulating blood pressure. Helps heart, brain and liver as well as other organs.
The pine resin can be made into a chest rub to help with congestion, or mixed with other resin like plants such as Frankincense or Myrrh for additional benefits.
Frankincense as mentioned in the above article likewise helps lung healing and can be used in conjunction with pine sap – being a kind of resin it is easily combined in oils and tinctures.
Elecampane Inula helenium is a perennial herb where the root is the main part used, but the leaves and flowers can also be used as it contains many of the same components though in lesser amounts as the root. It treats cough, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath. When harvesting it the root should not be more than 3 years old (2 is better) as the roots get woody when too old. The roots are glutinous, aromatic, slightly bitter, pungent tasting with a camphor taste, and used to detox and as a tonic. It also promotes sweating which is good to blow off a fever, an expectorant (removes phlegm from the lungs), balancing, antiseptic, drying, mild sedative, antibacterial, a relaxant, and has been used traditionally to battle Tuberculosis. It helps reduce mucus from the lungs which aids breathing. It is used mainly as a cough medicine for chronic coughs, whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis and other lung disorders and respiratory difficulties. Helps with thick mucus in the lungs and trachea from inflamed mucus membranes, and emphysema. It’s especially effective in treating the chronic coughs of the elderly and congestion in kids.
It can be made into candy, a lozenge, tea, syrup, tincture, or decoction (simmered in water), or powdered and taken in capsule form.
It’s prepared as a decoction (simmering in water then either drunk as-is or made into a syrup) with honey or sugar. http://www.naturalremediescenter.com/5267/elecampane-for-cough-european-herbal-remedies/?fbclid=IwAR12eK-kuqTxjXHRcejXws4dUwLuAItmpkI0TWzpkLOyS6csuq5Gma-LUzU
Plurisy root – also called Butterfly Weed – Aesclepias tuberose – is a common flowering herb grown in gardens because it attracts and feeds Monarch butterflies. It is used medicinally for coughs, bronchitis, flu, swollen air sicks of the lungs (pneumonitis), muscle spasms and pain. It loosens mucus in the lungs to be coughed up, promotes sweating (helps blow a fever), and is so medicinal it has a host of applications. It was used by the American Indians as an anti-sposmodic (relieving spasms), detoxifying, a tonic, expectorant and a vaso dialator (opens up the blood vessels to lower blood pressure and congestion). It contains quercetin which helps the cells absorb zinc, an immune booster. It’s bitter so helps with digestion and also helps raise the pH of the body – an immune booster. It treats pleurisy and pneumonia, diarrhea, dysentery, chronic rheumatism, colds, flu, fever, colic, muscle tension, respiratory congestion and is overall healthy. It combines well with cayenne, lobelia (another lung herb), and ginger for lung congestion. Combines well with sassafras and angelica for colds, flu and fever as it promotes sweating. Used topically as a poultice of the root treats swelling, bruising, lameness, wounds and skin ulcers as well as lung issues. Here is more information on the use of pleurisy root:
Lungwort – Pulmonaria officinalis – is a flowering plant with purple flowers and wide leaves. The leaves are medicinal. It’s antibiotic, drying (astringent), helps with asthma, bronchitis, wet coughs, whooping cough, Tuberculosis, chest complaints, and respiratory problems caused by phlegm and infection. It brings down fever thru sweating (diaphoretic), and expectorant (removes mucus from lungs), reduces infection and bleeding in chest and lungs, reduces excess fluids, and chronic bronchitis.
Harvest the leaves in the spring and dry for later use. Make into tea, tincture, or combine with other herbs for a decoction (slow simmer in water). It can be eaten as a vegetable in salads or cooked with meat or fish. If coughing, it can be made into a salad with onion or added to chicken soup to help relieve symptoms. It can be combined with other lung supporting herbs such as mullein, usnea (a lichen which is powerfully antibiotic and antiviral), and drunk as a liquid. It’s native to Europe but can be purchased online. http://www.naturalremediescenter.com/5599/lungwort-for-bronchitis-tuberculosis-european-remedies/
Mullein – is a native herb in the U.S. and has long been used for lung issues. Parts used are leaves, flowers, and roots. We grow it here in the herb garden and make it into a tincture with 80 proof vodka, letting it soak for about 4 or 5 weeks, and keep it on hand. I take it by the dropperful a few times a day if suffering from upper respiratory illness. If you haven’t had time to soak it as a tincture, then using the fresh leaves also works. We make a tea – about 2 Tablespoons of fresh or 1 Tablespoon dried leaf in 1 cup boiling water, steep about 10 -15 minutes – but be sure to strain it thru cloth as the tiny hairs can be irritating to throat and lungs. It’s extremely effective though so worth the trouble.
It is a versatile herb though and here is what an expert says:
“Preparation: tea or tincture of dried leaves or root, poultice or salve of dried or fresh leaves, flower oil
“medicinal actions: demulcent (calming and healing), expectorant (removes mucus from lungs), antispasmodic (stops spasms), vulnerary (healing), astringent (drying), anodyne (pain killer), anti-inflammatory (swelling and heat).
Used – Mullein is primarily known as a remedy for respiratory imbalances. It tones and soothes mucous membranes while encouraging expectoration (coughing up mucus). It has a paradoxical drying, clearing and soothing, moistening action, combined with a slightly aromatic pungency. As a dry, cooling & pungent herb, it can disperse edema (fluid buildup), sluggish congestion & heat, and its mucilaginous (gelatin like) quality that can soothe dry harsh inflamed conditions.
Mullein is especially useful in cases of long-term, wracking chronic cough like bronchitis or whooping cough and is also a remedy for sinusitis, asthma, congestion and seasonal allergies. Anything ‘lung’, mullein is a safe and often effective approach – but it is not limited to respiratory issues.
The flowers have nervine (nerve calming) and analgesic (pain killing) qualities in addition to being anti-inflammatory. Mullein flower oil is best-known as an earache remedy that is gentle and effective for children & adults, and this oil can also be used topically on any inflammation or nerve pain. Mulluein flower oil or mullein leaf salve can be a useful remedy for hemorrhoids.
The leaf as a poultice can be helpful in cases of bruising, swelling, muscle aches, swollen glands, burns, and nerve trauma. It may help broken bones to set and heal in a good way. Mullein can be soothing for inflammation of the eyes (always carefully filter out the tiny hairs). The root, though less commonly used, is a good wound-healing herb that is useful for acute pain”
Lobelia – Lobelia inflate LINN – aka Eyebright – According to my friend Dr. Ian Shillington, Naturopath and master herbalists, Lobelia is a master herb.
And I quote: “There are two herbal tinctures that you must always have available: Cayenne Tincture & Lobelia Tincture. Cayenne prevents people from fainting or going unconscious, and Lobelia stops full body spasms from occurring.
Lobelia in a large enough dose will induce vomiting. At first, it dilates the bronchial tubes. This is the first effect of a compound called Lobeline. The second effect is that in larger doses it stimulates the 10th cranial nerve, the Vagus, to such a degree that you vomit.
The lungs get squeezed and compressed, and any fluid in them comes out with the vomit. What we’re doing is creating a Purge to really clean out those lungs for those who have severe lung problems. And everybody needs different amounts; everybody has a different tolerance level to Lobelia.
The medical furor over supposed Lobelia toxicity is false. Totally False! Lobelia is a brilliant herb even for kids as it dilates their bronchioles, and gets them breathing again, even when Asthmatic. I used it on my son Bryan to subdue pain when he had been stung by a Stingray. It literally calmed him down in 3 seconds.
The famous herbalist Samuel Thompson predominantly used two herbs, Cayenne and Lobelia, and with those two herbs, it is conservatively estimated he helped over three million people recover from their illnesses. Cayenne, he said, stimulated the circulation, and Lobelia sedated and relaxed the body.
He used them this way: Purge them and Puke them using Lobelia, and then give them Cayenne to bring them back to the planet. These two herbs are awesome. If using Lobelia sounds radical, consider cutting and drilling a 4-inch incision through your side and inserting a probe to tap your lungs to drain the fluid out. I’d prefer Lobelia. Wouldn’t you?
Lobelia can be thrown into almost any formula. It is Antispasmodic, and it can be used with either Nerve Sedatives or Nerve Stimulators. There are no side effects to this herb and it is useful for anyone going into any kind of a spasm such as Parkinson’s, or Epilepsy, as it slows things down beautifully.
A local friend of mine actually cured himself permanently of Grand Mal Epilepsy using Lobelia. No one should be without this wonderful Herb.
Yours in Knowledge, Health and Freedom, Ian “Doc” Shillington”
This herb is a bit controversial in that some say it shouldn’t be used to purge and others think the world of it. “Some authorities attach great value to it as an expectorant in bronchitis, others as a valuable counterirritant when combined with other ingredients in ointment form. It is sometimes given in convulsive and inflammatory disorders such as epilepsy, tetanus, diphtheria and tonsilitis. There is also difference of opinion with regard to its narcotic properties. Where relaxation of the system is required, as, for instance, to subdue spasm, Lobelia is invaluable. Relaxation can be counteracted by the stimulating and tonic infusion of capsicum. It may be used as an enema.” http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/l/lobeli38.html
I like Dr. Mercola’s approach to using Lobellia. https://articles.mercola.com/herbs-spices/lobelia.aspx
He uses it for muscle relaxing (important especially if you cough so hard your muscles all constrict causing body ache and great discomfort), and others:
- “Respiratory stimulant and antispasmodic. Lobelia functions as a bronchodilator, meaning it stimulates the respiratory system and may even help in alleviating the effects of asthma. It may also help relax the lungs when they’re tense or overworked.
- Expectorant. It triggers the secretion of sputum through the air passages, which is why lobelia is commonly used to ease asthma and bronchitis.
- Diaphoretic. As a diaphoretic, lobelia promotes perspiration, which helps in cooling the skin during the onset of fever. It also aids in eliminating toxins from the body and promoting healthy blood circulation.6 Diaphoretics are often used to relieve diarrhea, kidney and liver conditions.7
- Muscle relaxant. Lobelia has a depressant property, which helps the autonomic nervous system and muscular system relax.”
How Do You Use Lobelia?
There are various ways in which lobelia can be used. The tincture of the herb can be used to help alleviate sprains, bruises and various skin conditions. A poultice can also be used topically and may help relax your muscles, especially smooth ones.:8
Topical uses – Chest Rubs
When I was a kid my mom brought out the Vicks Vapo Rub and slathered us with it to help breathing. But it contains petrochemicals and this isn’t natural, being toxic. So, making your own makes sense with edible and non-toxic oils makes sense, especially if the body is already overloaded with toxins.
There are many herbs and herbal preparations that can be used in a chest rub or under the nose on the upper lip and slightly into the nostrils when you are suffering from flu, cold, bronchitis, covid, or other upper respiratory ailments which not only are soothing but also help open up the lungs, increase air space, help decongesting and expectorant actions to clear out the mucus, and just make you feel better, more relaxed, comforted.
I like to use some kind of oil or ointment as a base and add essential oils to it to increase the healing benefits. My intern Grace is a CBD distributor. She gave me a lovely ointment of CBD to use as a carrier oil for a chest rub which I found very helpful not only to put on the chest, under the nose, but also to rub on the bottoms of the feet. We wear a pair of socks over this so we don’t ruin our sheets, and put it on when we sleep or just sitting around trying to feel better. The bottoms of the feet absorb well and affect the whole body. But another carrier oil of your choice can be used.
Essential oils we use mixed with this or any carrier oil like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, or MCT (medium chain triglicerides from coconut oil): To a tablespoon or more of carrier oil add 5 drops or proportionately to tablespoon of the following – all or as many as you have on hand. Mix well with a finger or spoon and rub onto the chest, under the nose and bottoms of the feet. Cover and keep on hand to use several times a day or as needed.
Eucalyptus – decongestant and expectorant, antibacterial, pain reliever
Lavender – relaxing and soothing
Clove – helps with congestion
Juniper Berry – for bronchitis, respiratory infections, muscle aches
Peppermint – for cold, cough, flu, bronchitis, throat infection, sinusitis and muscle aches.
These are our favorites, but do your own research and find what you like to use.
A word of caution. These have been our experiences with this particular illness that is going around. First I tried home remedies – ordinary ones, tea, chest rub, detox baths, and rest. When that didn’t work out for us, we went to the medical doctor. We were not happy because of the offhand way we were treated without proper testing (we rejected the covid test because of our own research) which should have included blood work, and lab work which was denied us at the ER. However, not all doctors are like this one, and you may be happy with your own doctor’s care in which case, I’m not devaluating the good works of caring and expert help from good doctors. But if those don’t work for you, realize there are other alternatives. Our doctor in California is primarily a Naturopath, Asian Medicine doctor, nutritionist, herbalist, and other disciplines who was of great help. He’s Dr. Tom Skrenes and he can be reached at: 1-714-669-8845 in Tustin, California. He is an expert of energetic medicine, herbs, and testing. You’ll have to send him a hair sample if he agrees to treat you.
Our friend Dr. Shillington, an expert herbalist and Naturopath can be reached at: DocShillington@gilanet.com in New Mexico
One thing I know for certain is that when you are sick you are TOXIC! Your immune system isn’t able to fight off whatever it is that is causing it and the bug – whether bacterial, or viral (or in this case also fungal, yeast, and mold) – which is putting out metabolic waste*, which is what makes you feel so bad. In that case whatever you do to clear out your body of toxins will help your body fight. I always start by detoxing and drinking a lot of pure water. Drinking fresh lemon juice in the water helps regulate the pH of the body (acid is bad, neutral is good, lemon helps neutralize). Drinking a simmered fresh ginger decoction – just water and slices of fresh ginger – helps with coughing and is anti-inflammatory which helps the lungs and heart, etc. Make enough to sip it throughout the day. You can add a bit of honey or just plain. I also drink Kombucha Tea inmoderation as it is also detoxifying. And I do a Detox Bath:
DETOX BATH: Fill the Tub with hot water, as hot as you can tolerate. If you have city water which contains fluoride, add some calcium in some form. I get calcium carbonate or gluconate in powder form and throw in a couple of tablespoon or so. Or if that isn’t available I make my own calcium by filling a mason jar with egg shells and white vinegar, let it sit for about a week, and throw about ½ cup of the liquid into the bathwater. You can refill the jar with more vinegar as long as there are still egg shells in it. This neutralizes the toxic effect of the fluoride. Into the bathwater, put 1 Cup of Epsom Salt, ½ Cup Hydrogen Peroxide, ¼ Cup Baking Soda, 1 Cup of 20 Mule Team Borax, and some kind of bubble bath or few tablespoons of shampoo as this makes it possible for the body to throw off toxins into the water. Stay in the bath for 40 minutes and drink water. This allows the body to sweat out the toxins and the Epsom salt is soothing and helps with muscle pain and spasms. The Baking soda neutralizes the acid in the body. The hydrogen peroxide adds oxygen to the body, and the Borax has other healing qualities. Do this several times a week. Rest afterwards. Take some kind of electrolyte like a bit of salt and potassium or a Gatorade. Drink extra water. Interestingly enough the body can absorb as much as a liter and a half thru the skin in a bath so what you have in the water goes into the body. But you also will throw off a lot of toxins and poisons thru the skin, so don’t reuse that water!
*Metabolic waste – Metabolic wastes or excrements are substances left over from metabolic processes (such as cellular respiration) which cannot be used by the organism (they are surplus or toxic), and must therefore be excreted. This includes nitrogen compounds, water, CO2, phosphates, sulphates, etc. Animals treat these compounds as excretes (in the poop). Plants have chemical “machinery” which transforms some of them (primarily the nitrogen compounds) into useful substances. When it comes to cells, including bacteria which is cellular, and virus which is a parasite on a living cell and therefore excretes or throws off these toxins, every cell metabolizes nutrients coming in and throws out what it can’t use or is toxic. This usually is taken away by the lymphatic system which is part of the immune system. But in enough quantity it can be a burden on the immune system and cause discomfort.
The Importance of detoxification: In addition to the detox bath, I continue to regularly detox other ways because our world is so loaded with contamination in the food, air, water, and clothing we wear next to our skin that in order to keep our immune system strong enough to fight off the many exposures we experience it needs to be in top condition. So, I also take besides kombucha tea (no more than 16 oz. a day and build up to that amount slowly, making sure to increase your water intake to flush out the toxins that are pulled out from it) I also take milk thistle capsules to help keep the liver detoxified, and burdock root tincture which works throughout the body to bind with and remove contaminants. I also drink stinging nettle tea which removes heavy metals and is delicious. I grow it and harvest it fresh for tea. Be sure to grow it in a container though as it can spread if you don’t. I also like lemon balm tea for its many medicinal attributes. Lemon water daily keeps the pH in balance – use fresh squeezed. Stay away from processed foods and never drink Coke. It takes the body 32 days to neutralize the acids in one Coke. Acid depresses the immune system. I also stay away from sugar which likewise depresses the immune system. I have made a study of the immune system and am 185 pages into a book I’m writing about it so I’m not kidding.
But never devaluate the power of your own research. I take no liability for the information I’m imparting to you. It is of educational use only and not an attempt to practice medicine. I’m merely sharing what worked with us on a specific illness. However, what information I got from various sources made it possible for us to come out of a rather debilitating and long lasting illness that could have had much worse endings. So, I decided to share what I found out and wish you the best of luck in health.
My husband was up in Atlanta today visiting his cardiologist at the huge hospital there. He told my husband that the illness we have been fighting has gone thru their hospital affecting most of the staff and it wasn’t covid. It is contagious and I know so many people around here who have had it. Whatever it is, it includes coughing, laryngitis, a low fever, and is debilitating and very lingering. So, practice good hygiene and stay healthy.
Diann Dirks, educator