Thursday, May 11, 2017

Long Ago But Not So Far Away

I found this in some family papers and thought a few of you might find it amusing. Note the date.

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Vicki said...

I have a few old letters from about the same era. My relatives, like yours, seemed to be obsessed by the health of the family. I wonder why. I enjoyed reading this - thanks for posting it

Rozy Lass said...

To Vicki: People were concerned with health because it was a real danger; there weren't antibiotics, or vaccines, or any of the modern miracles we take for granted. My mother remembered childhood friends dying of diseases that we now prevent or cure routinely. A cold could develop into something much more serious and be deadly. A cut, without proper care, could also turn deadly. We forget how recently medicine has become what it is today.

Janet said...

I keep reading that super bugs have returned.

Vicki said...

To Rozy Lass...You are right. My grandfather complained of chest pains all day. In the evening he walked back across the pasture of his farm to look for a cow that had calved. He made it about halfway across when he laid down and died of a heart attack. The year was 1936. He was 64 years old. Today he would have been in a hospital in the morning and likely in surgery by noon. He probably would have lived to an old age. My father had the same symptoms, had bypass surgery at age 65 and lived to age 93. It is no wonder those of my grandfather's generation were so concerned with their health. Thank you for reminding me.

Sorry to have hijacked your comments, Gorges. :)

Gorges Smythe said...

I've heard the same, Janet.

Vicki, it's always nice to know folks are actually paying attention.

Rozy Lass, no doubt you're correct.