Still ill – fortsatt vila

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The Minister of Art & Jump is still under the blanket, the Ministry is still closed. Nothing going on but the rent. The Minister is reported feeling a bit better and has almost got all of his appetite back. Three days without proper eating will make anyone feel worse. (Remember, don’t try this at home). It seems the Minister is slowly returning to the better. But he’s still resting all day, keeping in stillness, keeping warm and sipping water, juice, soup and other liquids. His spirits have been reported going up a bit and his sence of humor is also slowly returning. Guests are not yet welcomed though. Gifts of affection and respect are welcomed. The Minister prefers Dr. Pepper, Salted liqorice, cashew nuts, dark chocolate and science fiction books. Comics will also do. But not so much the types of “The X-men” or “The Phantom” anymore. Carl Barks’s Donald Duck will do, old Flash Gordon series will definately do and spy series like Modesty Blaise. Surprise presents are also welcomed.

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Patient recovering from illness.

The Ministry would like to take the opportunity to recommend the following text on Medical treatment:

“The Treatment to Restore Natural Breathing and Circulation,” 1878

as written by Peter Shepherd, M.B. “Surgeon Major,” Army Medical Department Associate of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem

Rule 1 – “To Maintain a Free Entrance of Air into the Windpipe – Cleanse the mouth and nostrils; open the mouth; draw forward the patient’s tongue, and keep it forward: an elastic band over the tongue and chin will answer the purpose. Remove all tight clothing from about the neck and chest.”

Rule 2 – “To Adjust the Patient’s Position – Place the patient on his back on a flat surface, inclined a little from the feet upwards; raise and support the head and shoulders on a small firm cushion or folded article of dress under the shoulder blades.”

The “rules” then continue to describe a method of manual artificial respiration developed by Dr. H.R. Sylvester. The procedure was to be continued “deliberately and perserveringly, fifteen times a minute, until spontaneous effort to respire is perceived, immediately upon which, cease to imitate breathing and proceed to INDUCE CIRCULATION AND WARMTH.”

“Should a warm bath be procurable, the body may be placed in it up to the neck, continued to imitate breathing. Raise the body for twenty seconds in a sitting position, dash cold water against the chest and face, and pass ammonia under the nose. The patient should not be kept in a warm bath for longer than five to six minutes.”

Rule 4 – “To Excite Inspiration – During the employment of the above method excite the nostrils with snuff or smelling salts, tickle the throat with a feather. Rub the chest and face briskly, and dash cold and hot water alternately on them.”

Rule 5 – “To Induce Circulation and Warmth – Wrap the patient in dry blankets and commence rubbing the limbs upwards firmly and energetically. The friction must be continued under the blankets or over the dry clothing. Promote the warmth of the body by the application of hot flannels, bottles or bladders of hot water, heated bricks etc., to the armpits, the pit of the stomach, between the thighs and the soles of the feet.”

“On the restoration of life, when the power of swallowing has returned, a teaspoon of warm water, small quantities wine, warm brandy and water, or coffee should be given. The patient should be kept in bed and a disposition to sleep encouraged. During reaction, large mustard plasters to the chest and below the shoulders will greatly relieve the distressed breathing.”

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