Chilblains? Seriously, _Chilblains_!?

Part of the wonderful world of growing old is having your body break down in new and unfamiliar ways. Recently I started getting what I thought was simple footsoreness in my toes. Nope, turns out I have [old-timer voice]Chilblains[/old-timer voice]. Apparently what did it was our recently pulling all our wall-to-wall carpeting out and refurbishing our hardwood floors, which are now distinctly chillier to walk on than before. Hopefully wearing socks indoors will allow my toes to heal.

Now all I have to worry about is grippe, pleurisy, dropsy, lumbago, croup, ague, colic, the flux, and anything else someone in a Dickens novel might have.

You forgot shingles. “Ague” is just another name for flu, by the way.

This gives me the vapors just to read about.

I had pleurisy a few years ago and it was absolute agony.

I’m sure I have at least half of these, going by different names.

Starting about four years ago, I have been getting angioedema in my fingers every winter. My fingers on my right hand blow up to the size of hotdogs and turn bright red, with the itchiest burning you can imagine. Then the condition spreads to my left hand, then to my toes. It happens every January like clockwork.

Sometimes Claritin works. Sometimes it doesn’t. All I know is it I hate it very much.

As long as you don’t come down with consumption you should be okay.

alcohol cures all of them.

I had a foot related old persons ailment last year - a corn. Bloody sore it was too.

Yeah, but it gives you the gout.

What you really don’t want to come down with (Dickens novel related) is Spontaneous Human Combustion. :eek:

So is grippe.

I got chillblains a couple times when I moved from South Dakota (very cold winters) to Southern PA (much milder). I was 14 and didn’t think I needed to keep my feet warm since it wasn’t very cold out. I learned quickly. :slight_smile: I don’t know that age makes you more susceptible, but then I’ve had sensitive/allergy prone skin my whole life and have had a bout of just about every skin condition besides leprosy and psoriasis, at this point.

There isn’t a one-word Anglo-Saxon term for that?

Fever. A really high fever. :smiley:

You forgot about the rheumatis. It should be acting up, what with the weather changing…

Pretty sure that has to be preceded by the French article ‘la’. :wink:

La grippe
La grippe
The post-nasal drip
With the wheezin’
And the sneezin’
And the sinus that’s really a pip!

Sorry, couldn’t resist. Seriously though, it’s bad enough to get diseases of the old, without them also being Olde Timey as well! The OP made me laugh, but I hope your feet feel better! I hear great things about Acornor Muk Luks wool slipper socks.

Grippe is what my g-g grandaddy called it. Although he could also use big kid terms like spinal meningitis.

I just call everything I don’t understand “Swine flu.”

When my thyroid first acted up, I started to develop a goiter, and I reacted the same way as the OP.

How is that pronounced? “ah-GYOO” or “AHG-oo” or some other way?