My father told me last week that he woke up in the middle of the night with leg cramps….I’m rather pleased.
I hope that doesn’t make me a terrible son, but about a month ago Dad told me that on the advice of one of his friends he had tied a red piece of wool around his ankle to keep the cramps away. I was kind of shocked, though Dad did describe it half-heartedly, and as someone who also occasionally limps out of bed in the middle of the night with cramps in arch of my foot or in my calf (worst time ever was cramps in both calves and the arch of one foot!) I can sympathise with him for wanting to avoid it, but red wool?
So when he told me last week that it hadn’t worked I was kind of pleased. It is a bit hard to challenge family and friends when they come up with weird treatments for ailments, so what I tend to do now is suggest that they treat it like an experiment and try to be objective about whether they are getting a desirable response.
What weird beliefs have you had to deal with, with friends and family? And by the way, do you have any good suggestions for preventing leg cramps?