All posts tagged bronchitis

Nov 10 Wed. 9 P.M. [1943]

Sunday morning it came a snow-shower and was very cold all day. Jean had a bad cold and would go to Armistice Service at Church 2.30. as she is in L.G. [Life Girls] and they were parading.

Jean, Girls' Life Brigade uniform

Jean, Girls’ Life Brigade uniform

She got thoroughly chilled and has been fit for nothing since. Father brought her some medicine from Boots yesterday and me some from Dr. as I have had a touch of Bronchitis and Asthma this week-end. I am almost better but Jean is still very seedy. Rene did not go to W.I. [Women’s Institute] to-day. Elsie called, she had caught her new coat in cycle wheel. Rene cleaned oily place with “lighter spirit” but not all of the mark came out. Petrol being mixed or treated may not be used in pipe or cig lighters now. Father went on watch at 6pm so it won’t seem so long until he comes home at 12 altho’ we have come early to bed. There are planes droning about so shan’t be sorry when he is home as Gers seem to drop bombs somewhere nearly every night. Churchill in speech to-day at L[ord] Mayor’s lunch says that altho’ the Russians may drive Gerr. to a complete collapse there is always the possibility that he may devise some new way of warfare against us still. He can scarcely be called an optimist! Wrote to Ron yesterday and to Emily to-night. Jean wrote to Esther Meldrum to-day. We had neck of mutton broth to-day.

‘Life Girls’ was an alternative name for the Girls’ Life Brigade (see parade assembly photograph: 16 May 1943).

Esther Meldrum, John’s sister (see 25 Oct 1942), was Jean’s friend, affectionately known as ‘Tib’. She was probably back in Scotland where she had lived previously.

Have you read an introduction to May Hill & family (includes photographs) and explored ‘The Casualties Were Small’?

Sat. Jun 26. 11o’c. pm. [1943]

I paid for my gardening with an attack of bronchitis. It came on Tues. evening and I was very full of pain in both sides and my shoulder until Wed. evening. I felt worn out and Rene put a hot water bot. to my back and it eased it a little, then she put me a Kaolin Clay poultice on my sides before she went home for tea and it gradually settled down before bed-time and I slept nearly all night. I had to get Father up about 4.30 on Wed morning as I was in such pain. He got me some hot tea and I rubbed my sides with Quick-Rub which eased them a little. I got up Fri. afternoon.
My pen dried up here so had to stop.

Have you read an introduction to May Hill & family (includes photographs) and explored ‘The Casualties Were Small’?