Don’t forget, just because you’re sick doesn’t mean the chores stop, either. You still have to chop fire wood, take care of the animals, etc. There’s no magic “I’m sick” button that will feed the animals in the rain for you or build you a fire.
No ambulance to come save you, either
This is why people were nice to their neighbors
King William III of the UK suffered from asthma his entire life. When his horse stumbled on a mole hole and threw him to the ground, he broke his collarbone. This led to infection, which spread to his lungs and he developed pneumonia. And died.
I think it's fair to assume that he had access to the best medical care available in Britain at the time.
Reading about the heroic efforts of the royal physicians to save Charles II a few decades earlier is horrifying to a modern person. It involved bleeding, cupping, emetics, purgatives and enemas.
You don't need time travel to conjure that image: imagine being broke & homeless & getting the flu.
Just about any sickness would've been hell. Pneumonia, strep throat, meningitis etc. Its why I always laugh at anyone who says they would rather have lived in those times vs. living now
How many people have you met that’ve said that??
Gatorade? Does that help?
Pedialyte is better. Basically sugar free gatorade.
Death, actually. It was probably death.
"I diagnose you with dead"
And Netflix. Being sick now vs the 80’s is far more bearable with entertainment options
We had computer games, VHS/Betamax, TV, music, and books. It was what we were used to. It was fine.
Really interesting responses. Yes, people died earlier before modern medicine. A lot. Having babies was like Russian roulette, especially as you got older. I have also heard people wish for those simpler times. We adapt to our circumstances and strive for improvement no matter which generation we inhabit.
There is a balance there. You just need to be rich and live in some small village, not engaging in the stupid things people with new money do.
Ah man. Imagine going out in a cold, thirst fever dream until the lights officially turn off. Mother fuckin blessed to be born these days.
Mid to late 1800's had cold medicine with chloroform, opium and cannabis in them. Oh no I'm addicted to opium! Here's this nifty new invention called COCAINE to treat your opium addiction.
Prolly just booze and do opium or something. Wouldn’t be so bad.
There were probably a lot of home remedies that worked just as well as gatorade and lozenges that society has long since forgotten about. I was just reading about the discovery of aspirin and similar compounds we've been using for thousands of years before it. We probably forgot most home remedies when companies like Bayer started marking pills as a cure for everything. We forgot how to take care of ourselves.
Still, air conditioning is pretty sweet.
People used willow bark to reduce fevers. Its the same as aspirin. Cough drops have existed since at least the 18th century, but people also used a lot of herbal tea and such to soothe symptoms. Slippery elm is real good for sore throats.
And since there was no modern comforts to compare it to, they wouldnt have perceived the hellishness.
Plus, wood furnaces are actually really great at providing heat and burn wood extremely efficiently.
Back then you probably just “caught the ill wind” and died. No need for other terminology. Also, not a doctor.
Except you are completely wrong. They had heating in the form of fire places and boilers. Aspirin as we know it was invented in the mid 1800's, but the active ingredients in it have been used since before Christ. There were throat lozenges back then.
The 1800's weren't a dark period with no technology. They had a lot of technology back then and the 1800's were an amazing time for medical discovery. They had plenty of amenities and medicines back then. Cough drops were invented in 1852.
Not to mention, if you were just otherwise healthy and didnt have to work yourself to death in manual labour, you were probably just fine with a case of flu
Now imagine getting Covid in jail, when you haven’t been convicted of anything. No DayQuil, Tylenol, extra liquids, kleenex....
Gatorade is non-negotiable.
Every time I get a bladder infection I am thankful for universal healthcare and modern medicine
*cries in American*
Sitting by a fire covered in blankets while regularly taking drops of laudanum doesn't sound too bad.
Try getting a tooth fixed. I'm scared of dentists now, imagine 1850s 😅
Atleast they had opium back in the 1800s.
Not to mention no Netflix either!
Omg I was here to say the same!
Depends on resistance I suppose. I've had the proper flu once in my life. It was nominal. I didn't use anything and it went away. 42 years old for reference. I had the flu around 38 years old.
TLDR; Humans are tough but require modern medicine to not die. See below.
I did have Scarlet Fever as a kid. That was hell. I was out of school for almost a month. Fortunately, no heart damage. My uncle did have heart damage when he had it. He's still kicking but his heart is weakened. I had strep throat more times than I can recall. I've been injured so many times that it's hard to remember. I had a viral throat infection that nearly drove me to suicide (no joke, I considered it). I mixed viscous Lidocaine with Tramadol and it didn't even take the edge off the throat pain. That lasted almost two weeks. The worst pain I've ever experienced.
My right arm didn't work for a while from tearing everything in my shoulder and back. The rotator cuff is coming back to haunt me 30 years later. My lower right lumbar just doesn't work right. I'm pretty sure that I don't have a right ACL but the muscles seem to take care of that. It took over a year for the pain to stop after the second injury.
A few years ago I had a cold. Just a cold. That lasted 2 months. I broke a rib from coughing. I tore abdominal muscles to the point that I had to hold onto something when I had to clear my lungs. 3 visits to the doc and they just said, put up with it.
Flu? That's nothing. Apparently it doesn't bother me.
However, without modern medicine, I'd have been dead 10 times over.
Bonus: Bee or wasp stings don't hurt me. Apparently I've been stung enough times that I'm immune. Bee and wasp don't hurt my oldest daughter so maybe it's a trait as opposed to exposure.
People are tough. We are resilient. Chuck a horse down the stairs and you have to put them down. Chuck a human, they'll hurt but they'll pull through.
same. Had it when I was 16. Just took boiling water and honey maybe. The standard stuff, went away after a week. But that week I was in bed the whole time. The OPs last point in the title is probably the worst thing about it, the fact that, I'd probably not have the luxury of doing that if I was born in the 1800s and caught it at that age. I'd still be made to continue grafting. Even though I'd physically not be able to move, I'd have had to have found a way or else. Sometimes you just have to F***ng appreciate random shit like that.
Don't even get me started on pre-20th century dentistry. Just fucking shoot me already.
Four out of five Roman barbers recommend fresh urine as a mouthwash.
Just living then period would suck ass
At least they had Opium at the local Pharmacy.
This reminded me. I have to be on blood thinners for the rest of my.life. sometimes there's this thick weight that bogs me down as I realize that, if modern civilization tanks, im Fucked.
Or worse, getting a fever in the blazing summer heat in a cabin with no A/C.
I had the flu once and it was during a cold start to the winter season. I have never thought about the situation you have posed (flu in summer). Thanks for giving me something to shudder at.
Although, if you think about it, that heat might actually be good for you,but shieet idk I aint no doctor.
why is this a shower thought
Yeah, no shit. How is this a shower thought?
I bet the homemade chicken soup was way better than canned though.
'When a poor man kills a chicken, one of them is sick.' Old Ashkenazi proverb.
And having to go out to the out house to go to the bathroom and/or throw up!! That would be killer.
They had chamber pots. Didn’t even have to get out of bed.
I’ve heard stories like these from my grandparents. They were made tougher and could handle those situations better. Working was a distraction from the illness at times and the mental fortitude they carried far surpasses mine in any given situation. It’s not coddling, but maybe I’ve taken the easier way because it was available and expected.
Mostly because they had no choice and the weak ones died.
This isn’t really valid ever. Future generations would say this about us with their fancy amenities. Or maybe they wouldn’t have the flu around at all. Without heaters, they had fire, they had natural remedies etc. The present is always stable because it’s there.
Getting Covid sucks but imagine if you got covid in 2021. No instant cure pills or robot doctors or amazon delivery drones delivering soup to you.
Yeah I mean I think they just kinda died
It was deadly.
I had the flu last week and I just worked my *ss off, so yeah I can survive the flu in the 1800s
I'd rather have the flu in the 1800s than drink Gatorade
You forgot antibiotics... 50/50 chance of living.
Antibiotics literally do nothing for flu.
Getting the flu in the 1800's was a death sentence lol
For a lot of people, influenza was novel
At least, prior to 1918
Thats not true. The H1N1 strain was novel in 1918. There had been other strains causing influenza epidemics and pandemics all through history before that though. The earliest recorded probable flu epidemic was around 6000BC in China. The first documented flu pandemic was in the 16th century.
The word itself has been an English word sincd the 1743 European flu epidemic. Before that it was called "catarrh", "sweating sickness" or "la grippe".
Flu was deadly to poor and rich back then. More it's just the poor.
I think about this kind of stuff all the time. Like who the fuck would be willing to give up our quality of life to live in “those times”.
A lot more people would be dead. A bad untreated flu can lead to pneumonia, which then leads to death. That shit is nothing to scoff at. We are so lucky to have all these medications.
It wasn't hell it just sent you there
Definitely. Medical development has gone far in the last 200 years! With a lot of science and study to go into it. It’s great with the technology at hand. Though every doctor works long long hours. They have done well serving humanity.
I read many stories of people being so sick they couldn’t move when their spouse died in bed beside them.
it's a death sentence
Satan:thanks for the idea
Not if you are dead🤷
Today it's called Covid
Yea. Even something simple as an earache could lead to death....so basically I would have been dead around 5
Hell, or aka death.
Was surprised to read gatorade. Wtf? How about some tea?
I use none of these and go through the flu just fine. Laying down near a warm fire was and is comfy as fuck, especially when sick.
The only thing was to not live alone, but nobody lived alone in those times.
U do realize that some countries r still livin in a cabin, without electricity, central heating, gatorade, fever reducers, lozenges or any other amenities. U dont need to go back any further than 2021.
Also toilet paper wasn't invented until the 1850s, and it wasn't uncommon for it to have splinters
Gatorade? Is that some weird house cure for the flu in the states?
No TP for your bunghole either...
Don't use fever reducers for sickness unless your temp is dangerously high. That is of course, unless you prefer to be sick longer.
100 years ago, death from pneumonia and flu was the greatest cause of death in the US. Ahead of heart disease, cancer, etc.
They may even go to hell
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