how astonishing, when the lights of health go down
Virginia Woolf, On Being Ill (1926)
I’ve got bronchitis. My doctor gave me some medicine, I treated myself to some reading – just to relieve discomfort
- Bronchitis is an acute inflammation of the air passages within the lungs. It occurs when the trachea (windpipe) and the large and small bronchi (airways) within the lungs become inflamed because of infection or irritation from other causes.
- By far, the majority of cases of bronchitis stem from viral infections. This means that most cases of bronchitis are short-term and require nothing more than treatment of symptoms to relieve discomfort.
If you, like me, aren’t feeling too well, have a look at Woolf’s great essay On Being Ill, it makes, one can almost say, illness worth while.
I do also recommend Hermione Lee’s newspaper article on the essay.