In the rough-and-tumble kampong environment of our childhood days, falling down and getting lacerations on our knees, elbows and other parts of the body was part of life at play.
Back then, usually no one sought professional medical aid for these minor injuries. At most, an antiseptic wash with a solution of Dettol was used, followed by a few dabs of a Blue Lotion. (cannot remember now what its proper name was).
There was a van from the local hospital which visited our kampong once a week, and it liberally dispensed this Blue Lotion for treatment of all kinds of wounds.
However, this Blue Lotion did not seem to work for me. Instead, my wounded knee worsened, after applying the medicine. And I had to be taken to see a doctor, who applied a different kind of medicine – in an ointment form.
For kids of the 50s~60s, falling sick now and then – perhaps a bout of fever, coughs and colds — was commonplace. We just took some off-the-shelf oral medication and had some good rest in bed.
Of course, oftentimes, our appetites went awry for a season, and none of Mummies’ special delights could tempt us. No worries, though.
There was this Sweet Old Thing that came in a light blue tin – yes, Glucolin. It was principally Glucose – sugar that could quickly get into the bloodstream, without burdening the digestive system too much. It claimed to contain other nutrients – but who cared; it was sweet and nice. At least it made the sickness bearable…LOL
Photo here shows the packaging as I knew it when I was a kid. I have not seen Glucolin for decades – maybe it is no longer in fashion.
My apologies for gloating over the exit miseries of some people. But indeed, decades ago, this chocolate-flavoured remedy was highly-recommended and sought after by folks who happened to have persistent difficulties in doing big Export businesses.
Personally, I never had to resort to this weapon of poop expulsion, but in my childhood days, I remember, a couple of relatives had to deploy it from time to time.
We were warned many times by our elders NOT to steal and eat the contents, for the results could be catastrophe in the order of a napalm-bombing run.
I have not seen this product for ages: maybe it is not fashionable anymore; perhaps there are many newer medications that have come onto the market, all vying to extract both cash and kind from suffering souls.