Saturday, 27 March 2010

unsympathetic magic

During my recent illness, my wife has steadfastly refused to allow me to drink coffee.

“Coffee makes you cough,” she says, citing some arcane point of Chinese medicine.

“In that case,” I suggest, “eating toffee should make me tough.”

My wife laughs, but the result remains the same.

No coffee.


  1. I have to fight with my mom over similar things from time to time, so my sympathy to you but try to appreciate her motive--caring for you. :)

  2. Sorry to hear that you are still ailing...

  3. Actually, the caffiene in coffee is chemically similar to theophylline, which is something that used to be given to asthmatics to help their breathing. When I taught asthma classes, coffee was something we recommended if someone, even a kid, was having an attack and couldn't get to medical help right away. Plus, the heat helps loosen things up. :-)

  4. Ailing only slightly now Pat. Everything but the cough has now gone.


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