I’m a huge lover of classic British authors such as the great and prolific Agatha Christie and the more contemporary and prolific Rhys Bowen. Their wonderful novels usually involve nasty shocks—not like my recent car crash, but murder—and things like brandy and tea being appropriately administered to the ladies present.
So having had a nasty shock myself, I spent the next 24 hours after the crash sort of feeling my way through what sounded good to eat & drink (and what didn’t.) In keeping with good British tradition I gave tea a chance, opting for Yogi Peppermint as it wasn’t caffeinated. This went down well (as this article also points out.) Hot chocolate was also a hit. In addition I’d just happened to buy some delicious Cadbury Digestives in the international aisle at Wegman’s. Also went down well (I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate and carbs, right?) Lamb pasta? Not so much. I think more along the lines of comfort food: mac n’ cheese, please.
I didn’t have any brandy on hand, nor did the EMTs offer me any at the scene of the crash (they didn’t have tea, either.) Possibly this was a good thing, as this National Institute of Health paper points out that "medicinal brandy," or any kind of alcohol, is the exact wrong thing to give someone suffering from shock (doctors eventually figured this out in the early 20th century.) Plus it doesn’t exactly speed up your recovery, either. When it comes to treating trauma-type shock from a car crash or other incident, Mayo Clinic has a decent quick guide. For coping with what’s called emotional trauma, this is a wonderful guide.
I think even a minor car crash leaves one with a bit of both kinds of shock. Obviously, consult your primary care physician after a crash and make sure not to self-diagnose (and doesn't the wonderful world of Google make it tempting to do just that??)
Keep Calm & Carry On,