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He came into the room to shut the windows while we were still in bed and I saw he looked ill He was shivering his face was white and he walked slowly as though it ached to move Whats the matter Schatz Ive got a headache You better go back to bed No Im alright You go to bed Ill see you when Im dressed But when I came downstairs he was dressed sitting by the fire looking a very sick and miserable boy of nine years When I put my hand on his forehead I knew he had a fever You go up to bed I said youre sick Im alright he said When the doctor came he took the boys temperature What is it I asked him One hundred and two Downstairs the doctors left three different medicines in different colored capsules with instructions for giving them One was to bring down the fever another a purgative the third to overcome an acid condition The germs of influenza can only exist in an acid condition he explained He seemed to know all about influenza and said there was nothing to worry about if the fever did not go above one hundred and four degrees This was a light epidemic of flu and there was no danger if you avoided pneumonia Back in the room I wrote the boys temperature down and made a note of the time to give the various capsules Do you want me to read to you All right If you want to said the boy His face was very white and there were dark areas under his eyes He lay still in the bed and seemed very detached from what was going on I read aloud from Howard Pyles Book of Pirates but I could see he was not following what I was reading How do you feel Schatz I asked
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