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)

Than…Gabapentin…?

 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,

jaded,

neurotic.

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,

“kiddo-

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

Electrum.

God damn it, get me a script!

Make it a repeat!

For you are my ticket

To a full night’s sleep.

Glossary:

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.

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  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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