Lucia DeClerck, the oldest resident of her New Jersey nursing home, at 105 years old, was diagnosed with COVID a day after her second shot of the vaccine. That is an unfortunate moment, but The New York Times reports the happy news that he beat the virus.
DeClerck was asked what her strategy was and she replied, “Prayer. Prayer. Prayer. One step at a time. No junk food. “Fair enough. However, she has a special routine: she eats nine gin-soaked golden raisins a day, every day. Times did not specify his preferred brand of gin).
“Fill a jar,” he said. “Nine raisins a day after resting for nine days.” For the record, this has not been accepted as a COVID treatment by the medical community, nor have any of their other lifelong habits, such as praying the rosary every day, drinking aloe juice, and brushing your teeth with baking soda. . Her relatives said she had her first cavities when she was 99, so there might be something to the baking soda. And while I’m not generally a raisin eater, gin raisins sound strangely good to me.
“We just thought, ‘Grandma, what are you doing? You’re crazy, ‘”her 53-year-old granddaughter, Shawn Laws O’Neil, told the Times. “Now we laugh. She has defeated everything that has been presented to her ”.
DeClerck has seen a lot in his life. She lived through the Spanish flu (holy shit), two world wars and three husbands. I am not surprised that it is strong enough to overcome another pandemic. After she was diagnosed, the house put her in isolation, where she felt lonely and scared. But she showed few symptoms, and within two weeks, she was back in her own room.
His family has a fitting new name for his grandmother Lucia: “The 105-year-old tough guy who kicked Covid.” And now she is also my new culinary inspiration.