‘Creeping crud’ on the loose in Shawano, elsewhere


Lorna Marquardt, Leader Columnist

It’s nasty stuff. If you don’t have it, I sure hope you don’t get it. It is a viral or bacterial infection that I will refer to as the “creeping crud.”

My first symptom was a cough; next came a nasty headache accompanied with chills and all over body aches. The muscles in my stomach and chest hurt from the coughing. Weakness is another symptom. I am now in week two of this miserable stuff.

I decided to go to social media to find out if others had anything similar and what they did for it. I was surprised to learn how many others had or have many of the same symptoms. My cousin, Mike, from California commented: “Wow. Didn’t know it was everywhere. My wife and I are on week five or six, I lost count. The symptoms vary from week to week, but the underlying weakness persists throughout. And the cough.”

A relative, Hanne Robenhagen, who lives in Denmark, said, “We have the same thing in our country; the same symptoms, coughing and all.”

It was disheartening learning the length of time this crud lasts. Judy Judd commented: “Take care. I will not tell you that I am on day 15 of the dreaded crud. Hope you have the abridged version.”

Marlene Brath said, “It would go away for a couple days and then, there it was again.”

Pattie Brooks Pingel said, “Be careful. It turns into pneumonia quickly. A few of my grandchildren had it and it turned into pneumonia.”

People had lots of suggestions as to how to treat it, and I am grateful for the advice. Sheela Laux said, “Try Emergency 1000 mg. Vitamin C, orange.”

Barb Heidke commented: “I use On Guard, it’s an essential oil and I love it. I also drink a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a 4-ounce glass of water. Cut an onion in half and put it in your room overnight, uncovered it will soak up all the yuck you are breathing out. I would rather do the home remedies than meds from the doc.”

Terry Malcheski suggested Umcka Elderberry intensive cold and flu syrup. She said: “My hubby is sick also. One of his co-workers recommended elderberry. He may be feeling better, as I have not heard him moan and groan yet this morning. It was non-stop last night. You’d think he was dying.”

Charla Martin remarked: “When I have congestion, I slather on good old Vicks with a wool sock pinned around my neck. I also put Vicks on the bottom of my feet with socks on.”

Elaine Knope agrees. She said: “We have had it for two weeks, but it is subsiding. I grease the soles of my feet and then wear socks to bed. Don’t ask me why, but you will sleep better because you don’t cough.”

Many say it just has to run its course. Itola Steward said: “I did the Vicks thing morning and night. I drank honey, lemon and hot water. Those things did help some, but I finally went to the Dr. and he gave me a Zpack. So maybe just go in with it.”

Lori Acken bemoaned: “I think I am the last person on the planet to catch the crud, but man, does it have me. My lungs hurt, my eyeballs hurt, the part in my hair hurts. I even had to take off my rings because my fingers hurt so bad. I would deeply appreciate an out-of-body experience right now.”

I know the clinics are really busy, so many sick right now. If it is going to run its course, I hope it runs a little faster. I’ve felt somewhat better the last two days, so maybe I have turned the corner. Mittens has been by me constantly. She is very perceptive; she knows I am sick. Her tuna flavored kisses seem to help.

Take care, my friends. Stay healthy.

If the Lord is willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll visit with you again in a week.

Answer to last week’s question: The opening of school on Aug. 30 was delayed due to incidence of polio-myelitis. By Aug. 20, polio cases increased to 20 and by Aug. 27 to 34. Both public and parochial schools were then delayed until Sept. 19, 1955.

This week’s question: What was the name of the first restaurant in Shawano to have a carport?

Lorna Marquardt is a former mayor of Shawano.