Ode To Augmentin Antibiotics

Augmentin AntibioticsDon’t judge me by my amateur poetry skills. Although I’ll have you know that once a upon a day I was actually quite excellent at writing poetry, at least my mum thought so.

This poem was written last winter admist a haze of sleep deprived weeks of repeated colds and subsequent ear infections, (my kids, not me) that, without the hard work of Augmentin antibiotics I don’t know how we would have pulled through.

Glossary is below for non-health care professionals. Please feel free to add a stanza in the comments box!

ODE To Augmentin

Augmentin, my darling Augmentin.

You are more efficacious

(For infection)


 Hmm, terrible start, let’s try again:

Clavulanic Acid and Amoxycillin

A combination from heaven.

Superior, to one

 of mostly penicillin.

(can I add: ‘These are the perfect

times to fall ill-in?’)

It’s true, you

are my favourite antibiotic .

Without you, my kids stay sick.

And I,



I have no fear of antibiotic resistance!

(bacterial secondaries are the

bane of my existence)

That rhinovirus in winter,

always charges one step too far.

Out comes the tongue depressor,


say ahhhhhhh”

Not to mention that

Chesty cough-

In a flash, Augmentin, you diminish

The staphylococc (us)

Two doses can be all it takes

To be: Ta da!! Normothermic!

And a smile

 Back on my kids’ face.

Non-specific, broad spectrum,

but to Me, Augmentin,

you are more precious than


God damn it, get me a script!

Make it a repeat!

For you are my ticket

To a full night’s sleep.


Gabapentin: Isn’t an antibiotic, it’s a drug for the Nervous System, but it was the only drug I could think of that rhymed with Augmentin.

Clavulanic Acid and Amoxycillin: These are the crucial ingredients to Augmentin that make it my “fave” antibiotic. The clavulanic acid is not an antibiotic but a Beta Lactamase Inhibitor which helps the amoxycillin kill off the bacteria.

Antibiotic Resistence: Well this isn’t actually a laughing matter but a real issue, and I DO care about it. But seriously, last winter, my girls were so sick I’d have tried anything to get them better.

Bacterial Secondaries: This is the name for a bacterial infection that grows after/with a viral infection. For example, when a cold leads to an ear or chest infection.

Rhinovirus: A type of cold virus. ‘Rhino’ referring to its effects on the nose. Not Rhinocerous, like I’ve implied.

Staphylococcus: A type of bacteria that can cause chest infections.

Normothermic: This is when your temperature is in the normal range and you are not “febrile”.

Broad Spectrum: This is a term given to antibiotics that can kill off a wide range of bacteria. They are often the first port of call for an obvious bacterial infection that hasn’t had a culture done to determine the specific strain. After this is done, a more specific antibiotic can be given if the broad spectrum one hasn’t worked.

Electrum: A precious commodity from Ancient Egypt, it was a combination of Gold and Silver and was used on the tips of the Pyramids. See my kids trilogy “The Pharaoh Prophecies” if you love Ancient Egypt.

  3 comments for “Ode To Augmentin Antibiotics

  1. Nanny Claire
    February 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

    This is a fantastic, clever, heart felt, witty, original “ode” LOVED IT! You are so talented – your mum was right!!

    • Naomi R Cook
      February 21, 2013 at 12:50 am

      What a lovely comment Nanny Claire, thank you!

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