Friday, November 20, 2009

The Effect of Office Mint Yoyos on the Older Shoulder

I'm confused. Some research, recently in the news, suggested that alcohol can actually be beneficial to one's health. It shows that men benefit more from alcohol than women, which is bloody unfair but does help to explain the continued survival of the Wee Manny and others like him.

Now in the three weeks since I've foresworn alcohol I've been feeling decidedly under the weather. At first I thought I was getting the flu but that turned out to be a cold (the first since I gave up smoking several years ago) and then I got the runs, which lasted the best part of a week and now I've got The Shoulder and a vague, fluey, tired thing going on. And I'm wondering to myself if it wasn't the gin that was keeping these plagues at bay.

I mentioned it to the postman this morning,

Y'know something Sven? Since I quit drinking I haven't had a well day.

Says he,

That'll be the toxins leaving your body.

This is what I'm wondering. Is my current poorly form the result of toxins leaving my body or, did the gin actually provide a health benefit? There is only one way to find out. I shall have to continue with this experiment in abstemiousness for a longer time.

One good thing is that I've lost three pounds since taking the pledge. But then, a couple of days ago, I fell, like a savage, to the office mint Yoyos. I thought they might ease The Shoulder. They did not.


sageweb said...

Sweets are a good cure for all.

Ronni said...

Liza Doolittle on gin and illness:

Eliza Doolittle: Yes, lord love you. Why should she die of influenza, when she come through diptheria right enough the year before. Fairly blue with it she was. They all thought she was dead. But my father, he kept ladling gin down her throat. Then she come to so sudden she bit the bowl right off the spoon.
Eliza Doolittle: Now what call would a woman with that strength in her have to die of influenza?

Brighid said...

First you had me laughing, then Ronnie, now if I can get the fireplace going I'll be set for the day.

Grannymar said...

Nelly, I think that Gin was just the tonic for you! ;)

Nelly said...

I'm staying off the gin until Christmas. Peanut butter cured the shoulder!

Brighid said...

LOL "Peanut butter cured the shoulder"
I need your recipe, please, my shoulder has been aching for weeks...

Nelly said...

Ah Brighid it was just the comfort food treatment. I didn't rub it on!

Weeks! I don't think I could bear it going on that long. I hope yours gets better soon.

Brighid said...

Soooo, I'm thinking, if I rub the PB on Himself and he disapears, the pain will be gone.

Anna said...

Nurse opinion: Methinks you are having a wee bit of withdrawal - Yeah, the toxins are leaving your body. Hang in there, you should be feeling better soon. Have a nice cuppa tea and a piece of really good chocolate, dear.

Craig said...

Sore Shoulder Epert opinion:
If you can't get your elbow above shoulder height, sideways, without pain, we're talking tendonitis.
Anti-inflammatories help but exercises to strengthen muscles in the shoulder and back are the long-term fix. Gentle exercises.
I have placed my physiotherapist on a pedestal, far all to marvel at.

Nelly said...

Thanks for all the advice. I'm filing it away for future reference as my shoulder is greatly improved. Yippee!