Sunday, 16 February 2014

MrsM consults her doctor



Miss Prattle, consulting Doctor Double Fee
about her Pantheon Head Dress
(Carington Bowles 1771-1772)

Doctor

"My dear MrsM, if you wish to avoid migraines you must live an abstemious life. You must go to bed at a moderate hour, drink only filtered water, eat oily fish twice a week and poached chicken with steamed kale on Sundays. I recommend a short period of meditation every morning, a brisk walk wearing natural fibres and yoga before retiring at night. You must endeavour to live a tranquil life, a regular routine undisturbed by the vicissitudes of the world, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to avoid loud music. And, finally, absolutely no chocolate."

MrsM

"Ummm...
I don't think that's feasible...
the bit about chocolate."

image © Trustees of the British Museum

15 comments:

  1. i should say not!
    Most ridiculous thing i ever heard.

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  2. I would change your doctor if I were you.

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  3. Yeah rrrrrright!
    Doctors .... wadda they know!

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  4. None of it sounds very feasible to me -apart from the oily fish, I like oily fish.

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  5. I'm with Sue on this one, chocolate I can leave but not oily fish.

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  6. I'm afraid I would end up eschewing much of this advice, through haphazardness and a deep love of the cocoa bean

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  7. If it meant my life oily fish would be my death.

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  8. How about a smaller head dress?

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  9. I think I would learn to tolerate the migraines.

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  10. The vicissitudes will get you every time.

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  11. A little of what you like.....goes for the head dress too!. Missed you and hoping you are feeling much better!!

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  12. Oh dear, that doesn't sound wildly practical, and why would taking a walk in natural as opposed to man made fibres help, I don't think that migraines can tell what you are wearing!!! xx

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  13. a moderate hour? who chooses what is moderate?

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  14. Hmm. I do think enough sleep might help -- maybe just start with that.

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  15. When you actually have a migraine, a little tranquility helps, especially in a darkened room, but the rest sounds rather more severe than dealing with a migraine! Also, how to you get the vicissitudes to stop entering your life? When your doctor figures that one out, let us know, yes?

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