Mei-Shun often has a sore throat after catching a cold. Coughing for weeks has lead to awful bronchitis. Such a condition is too inconvenient to balance with active life, she concentrates on care by gargle, iodine lotion and medical drink. Yes, water plays a very important role; a glass of it easily lets slight fever go, humidity weakens viruses including that novel one perhaps.
Mei-Shun sometimes enjoys feeling of empty stomach. Her appetite seems to come from eyes, rather than ears to catch under-breast growling. On the other hand, the latter is her barometer of health. It is therefore better to refrain from eating when no sound is made around the waist. Various hot drink including kudzu-root tea, milk, juice and hard candy are recommended to help her digestive system.
Mei-Shun recently devised a fascinating menu. She cooks salad almost every day for Shin, using oil and spice left on the bottom of a bowl as sauce for rice with mixed grains. One day an idea came to her — it is like another salad or fried rice. Here is a bag of easy powder for the latter. How would it work when spread with sesame oil on rice? Well, a new arrival of めし泥棒, she can never stop chopsticks!
Mei-Shun reviewed her eating methods, regarding sweets and alcohol especially. 1) Breakfast full of sweets would be all right after a day of good perspiration, while never the same at dinner. 2) When she has dinner accompanied by alcohol, desserts should be fruits only. Lunch therefore could be the best to include both beer and ice cream. 3) 1 tiny glass of sake is all different from 2 in normal size.
So we would see the first full moon of lunar 2021 tomorrow. It is a bit cloudy from this morning, relieves Mei-Shun of hanging futon mats outdoors. Almost no sunlight, yet open windows for fresh air. It has become one of new customs to avoid infection of the novel coronavirus. She heard that less people passed away in our country last year, partly thanks to such manners perhaps.
It seems good for Mei-Shun to take alcohol once or twice a week at supper. She used to drink much at almost every party, sometimes failed with hangover next morning. However, just a tiny glass of sake makes not only better feeling of taste but also in stomach. Now she finished Shin’s souvenir 山花 from Nagano, another calvados is ready after replenishing current one with an apple grown within the bottle.
Thank you so much, Dr. A, who gave Mei-Shun “Yes” phone call on Saturday. The latter just came home from kabuki dance lesson at Master Bando’s place as today. Her regular lessons are on Tuesdays shared with a new student Ms. S, while sometimes on weekend with Mihoryu-san who has already gained certificate of 師範. This 名取 would be able to enjoy it feeling a kind of free until next appointment in July.
Mei-Shun went to see Dr. A for half-an-year check today. The latter lady protected herself more: added to a face mask, a transparent shield covered from forehead to mouth. It seems harder for her to survive COVID-19 environment than this ex-inpatient. Now is the time to go home — something from above? Unbelievable raindrops! She hung futon mats outdoors, believed morning weather forecasts.
Mei-Shun went to see Dr. M for artificial Ame-chan, who looked hurt inside 2 weeks before. This sad patient was prescribed antibiotics to take at 3 serial nights, had no pain in mouth but in mind. Now her home dentist declared no problem, suggesting to watch it every 4 months of regular check-up. Oh, beautiful 3rd crescent floats in dark blue sky, attended by Jupiter and Saturn.
Mei-Shun decided to see her home dentist Dr. M today. She actually had a part of swollen gum at the bottom of artificial Ame-chan, a molar on upper right jaw last Friday. If it affected her shape of cheek, she should have made an immediate appointment. Fortunately or unfortunately, it stayed within mouth giving no pain, yet with pus formed on the surface.