Chapter 341: Illness Strikes

But the border of the Desolate Region was truly unpredictable. With the addition of the fog, everyone had been trapped in the borders of the Desolate Region for several days without a way to exit.

There was a saying, ‘Misfortune does not come alone’. Not only were they not able to exit from the fog, but some of the soldiers had fallen ill. Without a choice, they had to set up camp to take care of the ill soldiers first.

The curtains of the tent were able to isolate the fog on the outside. As such, it didn’t affect Bai Luochu from conducting her regular diagnosis.

The ill soldier was lying in the tent and constantly mumbling to himself. It was obvious that he was suffering and Bai Luochu tilted his face to the left and right in order to observe his expression. When she was unable to see anything, she tried to feel his pulse.

A second after she tried reading his pulse, Bai Luochu pulled her hand away and stared at the patient with a grave expression on her face.

After thinking for a moment, she asked the soldier next to him, “Did he show signs of coughing recently?”

The young soldier was startled at first, but he quickly recalled the behavior of his friend. “That is indeed the case. He was coughing a little and we ignored it because we thought his throat was dry.”

Bai Luochu nodded in response and retrieved an elixir for the ill soldier. She then handed a small clay pot to the other soldier and said, “Make him spit into this pot later. Hand the pot over to me along with his spit.”

The young soldier didn’t understand what Bai Luochu wanted to do, but he felt that Bai Luochu had to be more knowledgeable about this matter since she was a physician. As such, he acknowledged her instructions. 

Bai Luochu went to the side and took out her medicine box while waiting for the elixir to take effect. Pei Rumo saw that Bai Luochu was waiting anxiously, he went over to ask with concern, “What’s wrong? Are there strange things going on in the Desolate Region? Did he catch some incurable illness?”

“It is still hard to say for now.” Bai Luochu shook her head. Originally, she didn’t wish to say anything else to Pei Rumo, but when she saw him waiting for an answer, she gave a simple explanation, “I am not too sure as he is down with two completely unrelated illnesses. We will need to wait and see.”

After hearing what Bai Luochu said, Pei Rumo knew that Bai Luochu already knew what was going on. She was merely unable to confirm her guess. “He is part of my army. I shall wait for the result with you.”

Lu Wenshu felt a wave of rage in his heart when he saw Pei Rumo behaving intimately with Bai Luochu after coming back up from the cliff. Too bad there was nothing he could do about it. He was the one at fault and there was nothing left to do but sulk at the side.

After a long time, the sick soldier in bed coughed and spat out a mouthful of thick phlegm directly into the small clay pot that Bai Luochu had prepared earlier.

“Divine Physician Bai, this is the thing you asked for.” The young soldier handed it directly to Bai Luochu.

What Bai Luochu did next was so shocking their jaws dropped.

Bai Luochu took a piece of white cloth and placed it on the table, she then took out a wooden stick from her medicine box and dipped it into the thick phlegm before smearing it on the white cloth. She smeared it out evenly and carefully before observing for anomalies.

Those with weak stomachs had already started retching while Pei Rumo pretended to be composed. He used his spirit qi to forcefully suppress his disgust. As for Lu Wenshu… he was used to it as he had seen her conduct many diagnoses in her past life.

As for Bai Luochu, she felt that there was nothing wrong about it. As a physician, she should use the best method to determine the illness. Right now, this was the best method she could think of.

“Just as I expected.” Bai Luochu looked at the smeared phlegm and said, “I already know the cause of the illness. This is an elixir to cure it. Take it three times a day along with your meals. You will need two days to recover.”

Bai Luochu handed the elixir to the young soldier beside the sick man. She then recalled something and instructed, “Keep yourself warm the next few days. You must not catch a cold.”

Once Bai Luochu finished talking, she turned and left. Pei Rumo immediately followed behind her as he was afraid he might lose her in the fog.

“What is going on?” Pei Rumo caught up to Bai Luochu and asked.

Bai Luochu calmly replied, “Previously when I was measuring his pulse, I realized that he developed pneumonia. Moisture also invaded his lungs. I felt that something strange was going on and after looking at his phlegm, I knew my conjecture was right. Dust and sand particles fill the air in the Desolate Region. Due to the concentrated fog, the sand particles are also contained within it. One would suck in all these impurities in the air when breathing. Right now, the particles are unable to leave the lungs as the air outside is saturated with water.”

“Doesn’t that mean that the soldiers are in danger?” After hearing Bai Luochu’s explanation, Pei Rumo sunk into thought.

However, Bai Luochu shook her head. “Your First Highness can be at ease. This matter is based on the individuals. Those with weak spleens are those who might be affected. As for the rest, they may feel uncomfortable but no harm will befall them.

Pei Rumo nodded and finally felt at ease. Bai Luochu saw that Pei Rumo didn’t have any more questions to ask, hence, she took her leave.

But after returning to the tent, Bai Luochu still had a worried expression. If this fog continues to thicken, other problems might occur. Even if the Field Pearl Flower is able to endure the harsh conditions, the soldiers won’t be able to. After all, none of them are cultivators.

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