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FC: Alfred's Journal
1: Hi my name is Alfred Jr., I am 18 years old, and I am a doctor. I live in London, England with my two are that since I am a religious person I believe that this disease was a punishment from God because of everyone breaking the law, and water poisoning. Well I have to go now a messenger told me that someone thinks that he has the Black Death. I will come back to my journal in the evening. Later......... This patient was just a waste of my time. She is 16 years old and she thought she had the Black Death. Well it turned out that she was wrong. I checked all the symptoms and she didn't have it. Instead she had a cold. Well I better get to bed; my wife is getting mad at me for not having enough sleep because I am writing in this journal.
2: Day 1 of Black Death Hi my name is Alfred Jr., I am 18 years old, and I am a doctor. I live in London, England with my wife and two boys. I have a brother whose name is Adam and he lives next door to me. He is my only brother. My dead father wanted me to become a noble like him. When I told him I wanted to become a doctor he became furious with me. So I studied to become a doctor while my father was in war. My mother is already dead too and she wanted me to become whateverI wanted. I liked no matter what my father said. She was the one who encouraged me to become who I am today and helped me stand up against my father. Anyways there is a disease spreading called the Black Death. I think this disease was spread because of the ships going as Far East as they could and I always see when I am on my daily walk rats on the ships that brought in goods. Only maybe 50 people have it so far I think it will start to get worse. I believe in two theories about the reasons behind the Plague and they are that since I am a religious person I believe that this disease was a punishment from God because of everyone breaking the law, and water poisoning. Well I have to go now a messenger told me that someone thinks that he has the Black Death. I will come back to my journal in the evening.
3: Later... This patient was just a waste of my time. She is 16 years old and she thought she had the Black Death. Well it turned out that she was wrong. I checked all the symptoms and she didn't have it. Instead she had a cold. Well I better get to bed; my wife is getting mad at me for not having enough sleep because I am writing in this journal. | This is a map where the Plague spread
4: Day 2 of Black Death Today a messenger came to my house very early in the morning and said that there is a family that just got the disease. I very quickly put on leather breeches, a full length gown which I covered with wax, leather gloves, and mask gathered at neck, and full length leather boots. To top it all off I fill a beak with stuffed herbs and spices and put it on, a glass eye, and a leather hat. Oh and I grab my wooden stick to keep people away. Now I am ready to go. I will write in this journal as soon as I finish looking at this patient. By the way about the whole population has it now. This is getting scary.
5: Later..... Well I finished looking at that family and they have the Plague. Here is what happened once I was there. I knocked on the door with my stick and said I am the doctor. Once they opened the door I found the patient lying in bed. She looked very ill and was about six years old. Once she saw me she looked very scared. Her parents told her that this is a doctor and he is not going to hurt you. While I was examining her I found that at the groin, the neck, and the armpits she had buboes all over them. I knew she had it. I took her temperature and told her parents she definitely has the Plague. Then they both started crying because they knew and I knew that she wouldn't make it. I told them to tell their daughter not to touch the buboes because it will bleed when touched. Too late because once we were done talking she was bleeding too much. Blood came pouring out of her as if she was the bucket and there was a person pouring water out. Then I watched their six year old daughter die right in front of us. Her parents cried until there were no more tears left in their body. I comforted them and said it was okay and that was the end of their only daughter. Well I better get going now, time for supper.
6: Day 3 of Black Death Bad news, my two sons just got the Black Death. I checked all the symptoms of it and it is official. My wife and I are crying because we know that they are going to die. I ran outside and put a black X on the house just above the door. The reason I did that is because it is to keep people away from our house. Well once my wife and I dried up our tears. My wife said to me that she knows some superstitions that a local witch told her. I saw my two boys they had buboes all over them. She said to get rid of the buboes you need to cut it open allow wind it to leave the body. Then you should add a mixture of tree resin, roots of white lilies and dried excrement. Once I found all of those things, I cut open all the buboes and added the ingredients to it. It worked a little but then they started to lose more and more blood. So I took a cloth and put it all over and sure enough the bleeding stopped. Since that didn't work I told my wife I have a book of home remedies. I told her that I will go and find it. I will write in here after I try and save my boys life.
7: Later...... I found the book and I found some home remedies in it. The first one I thought would work is making a potion. To make it I first roasted the shells of eggs. Then I grounded the same shells into powder. Then I had to chop up leaves and petals of marigold flowers. Then I put everything in a pot of ale. Finally I added treacle to warm over a fire. Once I finished it, my sons drank it in morning since that was when I made it. Now since it is nighttime they drank it now. They both said it was nasty but all the buboes, purple bumps that come on to the skin, were gone. My wife and I were so happy. Now we knew that they won't die. I also saw during the course of the day that everyone is sanitizing the streets by cleaning all human waste, taking the waste by cart outside of village, dead bodies that are being buried in deep pits far away from village, and the dead bodies' clothes being burnt. Well I better be going to bed now. It is getting late.
8: Day 4 of BlackDeath The plague is getting worse and worse. There is even more bad news. My wife has it. Now I have to take care of everyone. I decided to try another home remedy. This one is when you take a live hen and put it near the swelling body. Since my wife and kids are swelling up I decided to use that. Putting a live hen near the body draws out the pestilence from your body. Following the book I put a live hen near the swelling body. I had to hold it down because it kept on trying to escape our house. I found a live hen wandering on the street because all the farmers fled because they didn't want to get the plague. It said that to aid your recovery you should drink your own urine twice a day. My sons said that they would never drink their own urine because it’s disgusting. When I told them that they might survive from the disease then they decided that they are going to drink their own urine. Then they both said they need to go to the bathroom so I said take this cup and once you are done drink it
9: They each went and then drank their urine. They each complained it was disgusting. It did help them recover a little bit. They now had all the buboes gone. This was a miracle because not everyone who gets it lives. I guess God is on our side. Anyways the population in London is decreasing rapidly gone but the rat population is increasing so the people decided to hire a rat catcher. My brother was looking for a job so he decided to do it and got the job. Well I better be going now. A messenger told me that there is another patient who has it. | This is when the Plague became worse and worse
10: Day 5 of Black Death When I woke up today I saw my wife against the wall of the house violently coughing up blood. I thought this is the end of my wife's life. Then she stopped coughing up blood. I thought that she feels better now so I went to the boy's room. I saw one of my sons that had nothing on him. Then I examined him and he has survived. I thought that this couldn't be happening because every time someone has the Black Death that person would die but I was wrong. Right then I was going to tell my wife he said "Father I know you love me but while everyone was sleeping I was violently coughing up blood and...." Right then and there he died and never got to finish his sentence. I was so sad at that point I mean words just can't describe how sad I was. When I saw my other son, I thought please be alive. Sure enough I saw him lying on the bed dead. I was even sadder than before and I couldn't believe my eyes. Then I thought hey maybe my wife is still alive. I raced over to my wife and she was passed out on the floor with a pool of blood next to her. Now I am sitting in bed crying as I write in this journal. Now I am all alone. All of my family members are dead. I need to go now. I might be crying all night.
11: After the Black Death Since my family died life has been tough for me but I found a solution. I was walking to get some groceries when I met the love of my life. Her name is Elizabeth. She said that her family died too of the Black Death and she was looking for a husband. I said the same thing except that I was looking for a wife. I decided to see if she wanted to date me and she said yes. We dated for about Four months and then I asked her if she would marry me. She said yes. I was so happy and then the next day we were married. The year is 1355 and I am now 25 years old. I am with my wife and this is three years after we were married. Now she is pregnant. I am so happy that she will either have a baby boy or a baby girl. Well I better be going now, time for supper.