Throwback Thursday — Boo Boos

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Lauren chose the topic of “ouchies, owies, and boo boos..” She wants to know…

  1. How did your family take care of minor injuries? Mercurochrome and bandaids.
  2. Did you have home remedies you used? In addition to Mercurochrome and bandaids, Bactine spray.
  3. What was the typical way to care for a cold or flu at your house? Bayer Aspirin for Children, chicken soup, and hot tea with honey.
  4. Were you pampered when you were sick/hurt or told to buck up and deal with it? My mother pampered me. My father told me to stop being a girl and to buck up and walk it off.
  5. When you got sick as a kid did you stay home, or did you have to go to school? Mostly stayed home.
  6. Did a parent stay home with you, or did you fend for yourself? They both worked, so I was on my own unless I was really sick, in which case my mom would stay home from work.
  7. Was a doctor visited when you had a minor injury or illness? Minor injury or illness? No, never.
  8. Did you ever have a major illness or injury growing up? How did it impact your life? As a kid I had measles, chicken pox, a partially collapsed lung, and miscellaneous broken bones. And I pushed through it. As a rather stoic adult, I tore my Achilles’ tendon, have tinnitus, occasional vertigo, lost the hearing in my left ear, and lost my sense of taste. As my my father told me to do, I walked it all off.

24 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday — Boo Boos

  1. Lauren March 3, 2022 / 4:37 pm

    Thanks for joining in Fandango. I was wondering if men would more often be told to walk it off. My mom’s was more, if you’re not dying then go to school.
    I too have lived with painful disabilities. I’ve done what I can to live and not give up.
    I hope your taste buds continue to improve so you can enjoy the food on your plate more.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong March 3, 2022 / 4:44 pm

    My MOTHER told us to stop being babies about it — unless it was contagious. THEN we got to stay upstairs and watch TV in the big bedroom. My mother wouldn’t even let them use Novocain on her teeth. She though pain was good for your soul. A tough cookie.

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  3. Sadje March 3, 2022 / 6:09 pm

    Walking it off worked?


      • Sadje March 3, 2022 / 8:53 pm

        I was never given this advice! But then I always made light of my injuries

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  4. Paula Light March 3, 2022 / 7:07 pm

    If I walked west long enough, my pains would surely end…

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  5. Marleen March 3, 2022 / 7:12 pm

    Measles, chicken pox, and a partially-collapsed lung! I feel like chicken pox (which I had too) isn’t so bad. But what was it like to have measles? And I can’t imagine a collapsed lung at all, even partially. How did that happen? Did you fully recover?

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    • Fandango March 3, 2022 / 10:47 pm

      I barely remember what it was like to have the measles. I just remember being covered with red spots and feeling like crap. As to the collapsed lung, it was called a spontaneous partial pneumothorax and it just happened. It was only about a 20% collapse of my left lung and I had strict bed rest for about a month. Yes, I fully recovered.


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  6. Maggie March 7, 2022 / 9:22 am

    My parents took video footage of my brother when he had the measles. You can see him protecting his eyes from that old super8 video camera with the onboard light! Your adult maladies sound quite intense. I, too, have suffered from vertigo, but never a collapsed lung. That sounds painful. I guess a lot of dads told their sons to buck up and get over whatever ailed them.

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    • Fandango March 7, 2022 / 10:09 pm

      Yeah, I was told I had to be strong and macho, otherwise I would be considered to be a pussy.

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        • Fandango March 7, 2022 / 10:43 pm

          I think a lot of fathers back in the day raised their sons that way.

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  7. leigha66 March 25, 2022 / 4:14 pm

    It was often a case of getting a new comic book to read when we were home sick from school. Dad worked nights so we had to have quiet activities to do during the day while he slept. As someone with asthma the thought of a collapsed lung sends shivers down the spine… it really hurts to not be able to breathe.

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