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Fever – unorthodox cure for, Part II

A young Revolutionary War soldier developed a raging fever that sent him into delirium.  Thinking he was before his home, he left his tent and walked into a pool of water.  While lying submerged there for a number of hours he lay his head on a tree root.  When found and carried back to his tent, his fever had broken and he recovered, without contracting pneumonia.

His experience reminds this writer of a fever he had as a boy in Lincoln, Illinois.  I had lots of fevers and illnesses in my first 5 to 6 years.  The most dangerous being scarlet fever (at 6 weeks or 6 months) that, as they said, “went in” and created a very high temperature.  They thought I would either die or be mentally retarded.  They may have been half-right.

A later fever hit during a cold winter with snow on the ground.  While my family sat in the living room—we had only four rooms total—I lay delirious from fever—on a couch.  Not aware of circumstances I rose and, without drawing attention, walked to the back door into the backyard.  Then turned to the snow-covered grass yard until I came to the edge of the property.  There in a snowbank I lay down, out of my head.

Without knowing how long I lay there, I suddenly heard my mother calling from the front door, “Virgil, come in here.  You’ll catch pneumonia.”

Reading the story of the Revolutionary War soldier gave me an insight: as the cool water “cooked” his fever, as a doctor said, could the snow have broken a fever that had driven me into delirium?

Unorthodox in both cases, yes.  But not impossible.  He recovered after his dunking; I recovered from my snow bed.  My advice, however, “Don’t try either remedy at home.”  Fini

P.S.  I’d like to hear from anyone with a similar experience.

 

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Fever – unorthodox cure for, Part I

A young man broke from the traditions of his Tory family and became a soldier in General Washington’s Revolutionary Army.  While in bivouac near Wilmington, North Carolina, serious illness hit the entire encampment.  Taken sick, the boy contracted a fever that sent him out of his head for five weeks.  Medical officers gave up hope.

One evening, in delirium he dreamed of home and thought himself before the family house.  He physically left the tent to enter the house only to find himself by running water.  It had created a pool as it fell from a large poplar tree root.  Thinking he had entered his family home he stepped into the hole and, while submerged, rested his head on a big root, the water cool to his burning body.

He remained there until 10 AM the next day when his sergeant pulled him from the pool and carried him back to the tent.  The Doctor arrived and, to his surprise, found that the water had “cooked” the fever and the boy would survive.  He did recover “very fast.”  American History Illustrated, April-February, 1966-1967, p. 29

What should have given him pneumonia and certain death instead broke the fever that had nearly killed him.  A similar personal experience follows.  – End Part I –

 

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Books at:  www.createspace.com.  (Go to search, dropdown to store, Virg Hurley.) 

New Apologetics book:  Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1

Books also at www.amazon.com  (Virgil Hurley)