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
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.
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,
Not to mention that
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.