Raising a Sensitive Child

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Allergic reaction

Today is Moses’ 9th birthday. He had a great celebration with his friends playing ball hockey yesterday and we celebrated today with a family dinner at his Grammie’s. We eat at his Grammie’s just about every Sunday night and she’s very careful at making sure that all of the food that she serves is allergy-friendly.

But…. tonight, he had an allergic reaction to something. We have no idea what it was. I suspect that something was cross-contaminated with milk.  Maybe his allergy-friendly Rice Dream was cross-contaminated by ice cream at some point.  I think that is the most likely culprit.

Within 30 minutes of eating, he indicated that he wasn’t feeling well (his mouth was tingly). We gave him 15 mL of Benadryl. He then rinsed his mouth out with water (which, for milder reactions, seems to help).

He seemed to be having difficulty breathing, so he had his Ventolin puffer.

Things started to escalate, so we left his Grammie’s right away. He spit up on the stairs before we left. We didn’t even put his jacket or shoes on. I grabbed his medicine bag and I didn’t even put my shoes on properly. I sat in the back seat with him, in case he needed his epi-pen. We had the foresight to bring a bowl for him to throw up in.

He tried to make himself vomit into the bowl (to get the offending food out of his system). He just kept bringing up mucous. So. Much. Mucous.

His stomach was hurting and he had a “bump” forming on his throat. I had the epi-pen out and was that close to using it, but we were soon close to the hospital and his airways were still open, so we delayed.

I parked the car while DH carried him into the hospital. By this time, he was drooling uncontrollably and talking nonsense (a very typical reaction to when he had Midazolam, but he didn’t have Midazolam, so it was very odd). I’ve never seen an allergic reaction that looked like this.

When I found him in the observation room in the ER, he was still drooling uncontrollably – a lot of mucous / drool. His stomach was still hurting him and so was his throat.  The doctors didn’t have any idea why he was drooling like he was. It was a very weird reaction.

Within an hour, the reaction passed. We don’t know exactly what he had an allergic reaction to, but it was definitely an allergic reaction to something.

They watched him for another 30 minutes, and then let us head home, reminding us that sometimes individuals have a secondary allergic reaction within four hours of the first reaction, so they advised us to keep him awake to monitor him.

At home, I gave him all of the homeopathic remedies that he is currently taking to help bring him to homeostatis. Within 5 minutes of taking the remedies, he complained of stomach pains and within a couple of minutes after that, he vomited everything in his stomach. All over his (carpeted) bedroom floor. He vomited four times, vacating his stomach completely.

We were so happy that the offending food was out of his system and he told us that he was starting to feel better, but was still feeling a “7”, with “10” being really sick and “1” being well.

Over the next hour, he was hungry again and he had some watermelon and a banana with peanutbutter. (A great sign that he wanted to eat. We knew that the peanutbutter was “heavy”, but he wanted something to fill him up after emptying his stomach). He was still complaining that his throat was hurting on and off, but it was 11:30 pm by now and way past his bedtime. So DH put him to bed and I will plan to sleep with him tonight to make sure that all is okay through the night.

I’m a tired mama now, but wanted to get this off my chest before I go to bed.

Today is his 9th birthday. As we walked into the ER tonight, I noticed that they had a sign up and it said that they treat children up until their 18th birthday. It occurred to me that we have made it to exactly the half-way point of his childhood / adolescence. It feels bittersweet today.

My poor boy had an allergic reaction to his birthday dinner.

It was a brutiful (brutal + beautiful) day.

So glad that he is sleeping in his own bed tonight and tomorrow is a holiday, so we can all sleep in and rest.


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One year

It’s officially been over a year that Moses has needed to be admitted to a hospital.

In the last 12 months, there have been some close calls (as recently as last month while we were in Vancouver and even last week).  But thankfully, in each case, Moses avoided admission and we were able to treat him at home. And in each case, Moses’ body fought off the infection(s) and he came out of each one physically and emotionally healthier.

I am feeling so optimistic that we are on the right track for him. I am so happy that we re-started Heilkunst in October 2014 and I am loving our new practitioner. I also feel that the karmic healer whom we periodically consult with has been an important part of Moses healing.

I am so incredibly thankful!

I’m doing a happy dance right now!

p.s. Moses is turning 9 years old on Sunday, and this is only the second year ever when Moses has not needed to be admitted to a hospital. The first was when he was 3 years old. During that one year period, Moses not only wasn’t admitted to a hospital, but didn’t even have any ER visits.  Now that I think of it, everything fell apart shortly thereafter when he was vaccinated with MMR in Sept 2009 (because he was “doing so well”, his doctors felt like he was ready to get caught up in vaccinations). And then he started a slippery slope of illness, infections, night terrors and dramatic change in behaviour.  Thankfully in June 2010, we started Heilkunst, which has brought him home to health and wellness. Thank God!


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A fresh start – Heilkunst 28

[Sorry, the spacing in this post is showing up weird, but I can’t seem to fix it].

This past month was our first session with our new Heilkunst practitioner. She has a different approach in that she generally uses lower dosages, and she seems to use a wider range of  remedies than our last two Heilkunstlers used. As a result, I am not familiar with any of the remedies that he used this month, but I trust that they are exactly what he needed.

On April 23, Moses started a new round of droppers:

  1. Eczema – Epih. 12C – Take 2 X a day (AM and PM) plus spray it on him up to 2 X a day. (Buy a fine spray mist bottle. Fill it with water (not from the tap – either filtered or spring water) and add 2-3 drops from the dropper bottle and spray it on him where he has eczema. You can do this up to 2 X a day in addition to taking the drops orally).
  2. Dry, itchy scalp/Ear fissures/Asthma/Staph abscesses – Lapath. 30C/Nicc. 200C/Coryd. 12C/Anag. 12C – a drop a day
  3. All over itchiness – Sol. t. ae. 30C – 2 X a day plus spray 2X a day (same technique with fine spray bottle as above – spray wherever he feels itchy.)
  4. Food Allergies/Eye ulcer/Eyelid abscesses (or styes)/Prone to pneumonia/Thrush – Vacc. m. 12C/Pin. syl. 12C/Daph. ind. 12C/Hoang-nan 9C/LImulus 30C – a drop a day
  5. Immune System support – China bol. 30C – a drop a day
  6. Stress Levels – Elaps. 1M – a drop a day

Two acute droppers:

  1. Acute – Asthma – Lob. i. 30C – Take a drop as needed. If he has an asthma attack, give him a drop.
  2. Night terrors – Acute – Imper. 30C – as needed if/when he wakes up with a nightmare / night terrors.

She decided not to prescribe any powders this month (i.e., no miasms were cleared) because Moses is so sensitive. She wanted to be very cautious and see how he responds to the above droppers first. With the lower dosages, she generally finds that her patients experience less intense healing reactions. (I’m all on board with that!)

She asked me to check his stool and it’s healthy (type 4 on the Bristol stool scale). I was pleased how healthy it was considering he was just on 2 different courses of antibiotics, and has been on a continuous prophylactic antibiotic since he was 4.5 years old. Perhaps the remedies that we started with him a couple of weeks ago for diarrhea during the course of pneumonia antibiotics helped??

She checked the appropriateness of the supplements and essential oils that we have been using, and she suggested that we stop everything that we were doing except for:

      • doTERRA Balance blend;
      • doTERRA DDR Prime blend (this was considered so-so);
      • Silicea 12X and Natrum Sulphur 12X.

She suggested that we stop:

        • HMF powder;
        • Flax seed oil;
        • Genestra Vitamin B12 and folic acid;
        • frankincense essential oil; and
        • OnGuard essential oil blend.

After starting the above droppers, Moses was very emotional / felt like life wasn’t fair / very dramatic. He developed a new bump on the back of his head, behind his left ear and on a sensitive part of his body.

On April 29, 6 days after starting the above droppers, Moses started on the following acute droppers:

      • Arum itlaicum 9C – 2 X daily for an abscess in a sensitive location; and
      • Cic. m. 7C – 2 X daily for the rest of the abscesses – behind ear, back of the head.

On May 4: ear fissures are looking better. Is the improvement because of the new cream we started: 2% hydrocortisone with Bactroban or is it because of the new remedy that he started for his ear fissurse?? He wasn’t feeling well (general malaise, achy, no fever) and he developed an abscess on his left eyelid. It was so big that it was partially obstructing his vision.

On May 5th, we spent 7 hours in the ER because the abscess on his eyelid was causing so much pain that he couldn’t sleep. He received Midazolam (a short-acting central nervous system [CNS] depressant) – I hate it when they give him Midazolam because he starts to speak nonsense and drools uncontrollably. It’s scary to watch. He also received an IV and a CT scan to make sure that his eye itself wasn’t infected (it wasn’t). Some doctors thought that the abscess needed to be drained and he needed IV antibiotics. Thankfully, his surgeon (who we love!) came to the rescue and came to the hospital at the end of the day (he wasn’t even on call, but he came just to consult on Moses’ case). He informed the ER doctor and the eye doctor that he knows Moses well and he knows from experience that most of his abscesses resolve on its own. He felt that it was prudent to wait and see, as long as the abscess didn’t have the potential to cause damage to his eye (and the eye doctor felt that it didn’t), and so we waited. Later that evening, Moses started the following acute droppers and stopped the other abscess droppers:

1) A background remedy for all the abscesses:
– Arum. tri. 30C – 2 X a day
2) For the eye primarily but also to help the other abscesses –
– Cich. 30C – 2 X daily.
By the next morning, the abscess had started to drain (whew!). Fascinatingly, when the eyesight on his left eye was checked the very next morning, it had improved from 60/20 to 40/20 within one day (this is with his glasses on), which is amazing since Moses’ eyesight had never recovered from an eye injury (a corneal shield ulcer) that developed in 2011.  Back in January 2015, his eyesight was 70/20 from a distance with his glasses on. I think (and his Heilkunstler concurs) that the dropper that we started earlier this month for his eye injury helped his eyesight.  Absolutely amazing!!!!
By May 7th, Moses’ left eye was draining even more and looking sooo much better. Thank God!!!!!! Some other great news: the abscess by his ear had disappeared, the bump on his head was resolved and his ear fissures were looking fantastic! And, his state of mind was great.
Over the next week, Moses had a couple additional small abscesses on his eye pop up. He has one right now, but it’s not causing any pain and is relatively small. He also still has an abscess in a sensitive area.
That’s a lot of detail, but the overall great news includes the following:
      • Moses’ eyesight has improved in his left eye. He sees his eye doctor in a couple of weeks and I’ll have a better idea if the improvement was a permanent change.
      • Moses’ ear fissures have healed up and he is no longer wearing arm braces at night. Hallelujah! You have no idea how significant this is! He has been wearing arm braces at night for over a year to stop him from scratching his ears at night!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • He hasn’t had a night terror in the last 7 weeks. This is the longest period of time that he has been night terror-free in at least a year!
      • It has now been over a year since Moses has needed to be admitted to a hospital. Woot woot!  Here’s to another hospital-free year!

So far, I’ve been extremely happy with our switch in practitioners! I especially like the fact that our new Heilkunstler is able to fine-tune the remedies and the potencies so well. I feel that Moses is getting the exact remedies that he needs and it’s really helping!


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A wish come true…

Moses was granted a wish from the Make-a-Wish foundation earlier this month. What an amazing experience it was.

You can read all about his wish here (news of his wish made our local paper!), and you can even watch a video clip about his wish here (this video clip was actually broadcast on TV across the country earlier this month) and here.

An amazing welcome to Vancouver from Enterprise Rent-a-car

An amazing welcome to Vancouver from Enterprise Rent-a-car.

Red carpet welcome at the Fairmont Hotel

Red carpet welcome at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. The staff were tremendous and made Moses’ wish extra special!

His favourite player's number made with allergy-friendly dark chocolate. Even the plate is made of chocolate!

His favourite player’s number made with allergy-friendly dark chocolate. Even the plate is made of chocolate!

Zip-lining at Grouse Mountain

Zip-lining at Grouse Mountain

Moses with his favourite player

Moses with his favourite player – what an amazing, warm, kind and generous-hearted man he is.

The team cheers after Moses scores a goal!

The team cheers after Moses scores a goal!

Moses and his favourite team!

Moses and his favourite team!

Assistant trainer at the professional soccer game!

Assistant trainer at the White Caps soccer game!

High fives to all of the soccer players before the game!

High fives to all of the soccer players before the game!

Gorgeous view from our room, while Moses recuperated from pneumonia for five days.

Gorgeous view from our room of Grouse Mountain and the ocean, while Moses recuperated from pneumonia for five days.

English Bay

English Bay

The hollow tree at Stanley Park

The hollow tree at Stanley Park

Quiet

Quiet healing time in the forests at Stanley Park

We were the recipients of thousands of kindnesses from:

  • Westjet, who flew our family across the country and allowed us to delay our return to back home due to illness;
  • Enterprise Rent-a-car, who met our family at the airport with a most amazing welcome and let Moses choose the car that we used for the week (a full-loaded Infiniti Q50!);
  • Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, who treated Moses like royalty and spoiled our whole family, and also allowed us our family to stay an extra five days in their gorgeous hotel while Moses recuperated;
  • two special teams and all of the players who made his wish extra special;
  • all of the donors and sponsors who support Make-a-Wish; and
  • so many others….

We are so tremendously thankful!


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Clearing Medhorrhinum to 50M (my journey)

During this last month, Moses and I continued to be at the same place in our treatment and we both cleared Medhorrhinum to 50M, which is one of the eight chronic miasms that is cleared during Heilkunst treatment, and 50M is the second round of healing.

As a reminder, this was the first miasm that I cleared in October 2014, after the 2 year break from Heilkunst treatment, so is a big one in me.  Medhorrhinum can be described as the following:

“The general theme running through all the symptoms of this miasm is of an expansion caught by a restriction, which either causes pain, swelling, or inflammation, and a tendency towards exploding outward. In terms of the mental-emotional state and behaviour of this miasm, there are many extremes. Extremes of behaviour and mood punctuate a characteristically brilliant but unpredictable personality, as is often portrayed in the lives of certain creative artists.” – Arcanum Wholistic Clinic

Powders

1) Medhorrhinum 50M + LM5; and

2) Staphysagria 21C (that’s just one potency on the Fibonacci scale – back in October 2014, I received Staph powders from 3C to 13C).

“The core theme of the phenotype Staphysagria centres around victimization. They are the type who get caught up in cycles of abuse where they are unable to say “no”, or assert a necessary boundary, but immediately regretting and resenting their own lack of voice, along with the actions of their abuser.” – Arcanum Wholistic Clinic

Droppers

1) One dropper that contains the following (2x per day):

  • Medhorrhinum LM5 – feminine support to help moderate the Med healing reactions (The LM scale …”is very good at absorbing all of the debris and shrapnel that was let loose from the C scale” – Source);
  • Ignatia CM (for grief and sadness – a family member recently passed away);
  • Thuja 50M (for plantar warts [often associated with Med], and also for guilt and self-esteem issues);
  • Anacardium 10M (conflicted);
  • fungal 200C – to help with fungal detox of clearing Med;
  • drainage 3 – to help to the clean up and detox of clearing Med.;
  • Kleo / Asa foatida / Quercus /  Ptarax / Isaar 200C (I can’t really make out the hand-writing on the remedy bottle  – not really sure what these were for).

2) A second dropper that contains the following (3x per day):

  • Bacillinum CM + LM6 (to help reduce healing reactions related to Med);
  • Silicea MM (this is my constitutional remedy – introversion and perfectionism);
  • Lachesis 10MM (to help me find my voice and to help with my self-esteem – this is a huge potency!); and
  • Arsenicum CM (fear, anxiety).

Three days after taking the Med powder, I felt like I had been hit by a bus. Exhausted. Nausea. Vertigo. Four days after taking the Med powders, I felt tired, headachy, lacking motivation and energy. Later that night, the “cloudiness” seemed to lift.

It’s now approx. 3 weeks later and it’s been a crazy rollercoaster of a month for other reasons, so I can’t really pinpoint how clearing Med affected my state of mind. Overall, I do feel that despite the craziness of the month, I have been able to process my emotions in a healthy way.

More reading:

  • Nov 2014 – Clearing Med on Fibonacci scale to first level here.  I didn’t write about my clearing Med to 10M.
  • Article about Medhorrhinum here.


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Clearing Medhorrhinum to 50M (Moses’ story)

During Moses’ appointment with his Heilkunstler on March 18th,  we discovered that Moses wasn’t ready to clear the next round of chronic miasms (Medhorrhinum) after all…

He was in a place of rest (the last stage of the four-beat cycle) following last month’s clearing of the Ringworm chronic miasm. How sweet. The rest phase is exactly as it sounds – a time to rest and recharge after the tension, charge and discharge phases. In general, she said that his body was detoxing as a result of clearing Ringworm. Emotionally he was doing well and he wasn’t in need of any of the emotional remedies.

The symptoms he was presenting with was: 1) a wet cough; and 2) ear fissures that were much better than what they had been (i.e., not weeping or red or inflamed or as deep), but still present.

Based on the pendulum testing, he only needed two droppers:

1) One dropper containing the following (twice a day):

  • Fungal 1M (to help him finish discharging fungal issues, which is related to clearing the Ringworm chronic miasm);
  • Petroleum 1M (to help his ear fissures);
  • Calcarea carbonicum 4C (a constitutional remedy – very down to earth);
  • Silicea 12X (another constitutional remedy – highly introverted, but this was also to help his ear fissures and helps prevent scarring);
  • Carboneum Sulphuratum 200C; and
  • Sarsaparilla 10X

2) One dropper containing the following (three times per week);

  • Baccilinum CM / LM6 (this is a pretty high potency)  this was a pathic remedy for his cough. This remedy is often needed when clearing the Ringworm miasm;
  • Thuja 50M (to help a stye that was starting to form on Moses’ eye. Also Thuja is often related to Med, so a sign that Med may be rearing its head soon).

In addition, we continued with: Silicea 12X cell salt / tissue salt (lactose-free version)  this was for his ear fissures . “This cell salt/tissue salt is for connective tissues, skin and has the function of helping with skin eruptions, brittle hair and nails, cleansing, initiating healing processes, sores, constipation and functionality of the skin”. 

In addition, we kept the ) Stramonium MM dropper– in case he has any night terrors (but it’s different since during the last month, he took this dropper every day twice a day). Happily, he’s been night terror free for over a month now. Woot woot!

Within a day of starting the droppers, his wet cough went away (i.e., the Baccilinum dropper seemed to help) and the stye on his eye resolved (i.e., the Thuja dropper seemed to help).

His Heilkunstler recommended booking an appointment within two weeks, so that we would have the remedies for Med, since we are planning on going on a trip across the country in a couple of weeks.

Four days after his appointment with his Heilkunstler (right after I wrote this post about how Moses had been abscess-free for five weeks), I discovered the start of an abscess under his left armpit. Oh boy.

I emailed his Heilkunstler about this development on the Monday. On the Tuesday, she was in clinic and prepared the Medhorrhinum powder (Med 50M + LM5), and the following two droppers (we were also continuing with the droppers mentioned above):

1) Medhorrihinum LM5 – 2 times a day

2) Staphylococcinum 10MM/ Nitricum acidum MM – 2 times a day – holy moley – these are huge potencies!!! This is for the abscess. He has previously had a Staphylcoccinum 10MM potency during the Tuberculinum clearing 2.5 months ago.

Before I got a chance to pick up the remedies, Moses was showing signs of illness (feeling achy and chilled). On Tuesday night, I gave him the Med powder and the new droppers. That night, he had a night terror (interestingly, his last night terror was on the night that he was given the Ringworm powder – I mentioned this to his Heilkunstler and she thinks this is his body’s way of discharging Medhorrhinum.  Later that night, he cried out in the middle of the night that he was sick and complained of stomach pains. Thankfully, he woke up feeling better, but we kept him home from school for three days because he wasn’t feeling quite himself. His big complaint was a sore throat, but he was also coughing up phlegm, had a wet cough and a runny nose. But, his emotionally, he was doing well (the emotions are always a better sign of health). On Friday night, he had a second night terror, and on Saturday morning, he woke up with two sizeable bumps (abscesses) on both sides of his head. They were sore to touch. He also developed a scarlet rash on the back of his neck and “crustiness” and a weird rash on the skin around his eyes. On Sunday, the bumps on the size of his head were gone. His ear fissures were worse and he had a rash all along his scalp.

March 30 consult

On Monday, March 30, we had another follow-up with his Heilkunstler. She said that he still had the flu, so she made up an Influenzium dropper for him. She thought the increase in rashes (e.g., back of neck, scalp) was related to fungal discharges related to clearing Med.

New droppers

1) Influenzium 50M (flu) – can stop in one week – 3x a day.

2) Stramonium 10MM / Arsenicum CM (for night terrors and fear related to night terrors) – 3X a week.

3) Dropper with the following (2x per day):

  • Medhorrhinum LM5 (for support when clearing Med);
  • Thuja 50M (for support when clearing Med; for rash on head); and
  • Tarentula 10M (not sure why he needed this).
  • Staphasagria CM (related to victimization).

Tissue salt

Natrum sulphuricum 12X (non-lactose solution) – “This cell salt/tissue salt is for the liver and digestive system and has the function of helping with flu, nausea, vomiting, eliminating excess water, rheumatic ailments, joint pain and sadness in lactose-free solution.” – 3x / day (Just started this on April 19)

15 days after taking the Med remedy

Approximately 10 days after taking the Med remedy, Moses had a number of styes develop on both eyes. In addition, a large abscess developed on the back of his head (right side). 15 days after taking the Med remedy, he was diagnosed with pneumonia in his left lung. On the good side of things, he was able to be treated with oral antibiotics and did not need to be hospitalized. Approx. 18 days after taking the Med remedy, he had a dental abscess and needed to have two baby teeth removed.

Our regular Heilkunstler was not available, so another Heilkunstler helped with remedies:

  • Strych 30C – for pneumonia
  • Melit 5C – for abscess
  • Sin Alb 30C – aches and pains associated with pneumonia
  • Vib. T 12C – for Job’s syndrome
  • Jug C. 30C – for stomach aches and pains
  • Eriodyct 200 C – for diarrhea associated with the antibiotic for the pneumonia
  • Rx C 10M at 9 am – emotional remedy for panic attack and feelings associated with feeling sad about being sick on vacation.
  • Ran Flam 30C – 2x per day to counteract the negative effects associated with dental work to remove this baby teeth (including topical anesthesia and nitrous oxide).

Thank God for our new Heilkunstler who helped us out. Immediately after starting the remedies, he stopped having aches and pains and diarrhea. He recovered from the pneumonia quickly. The abscess on the back of his head went away and the styes disappeared. It’s now a week later and Moses is back to himself, running around, playing street hockey and back to power skating.

I’m so impressed with our new Heilkunstler that I’ve decided to switch practitioners. I loved our former practitioner, but it’s sometimes difficult because she is only available twice a week and Moses sometimes needs support outside of those two days…..

There are a lot more details that I’ve omitted in the above account, but we have an appointment with our new Heilkunstler tomorrow, so I wanted to share this much for now….


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In honour of Autism Awareness Month

I am sharing the following information because as you know, I feel that Heilkunst has been instrumental in my own son’s healing, and Sandra Weizman is a dedicated Heilkunst practitioner, who has been generous with her knowledge with me and others on a Heilkunst FB group. She wrote an informative and well-received guest article, Tips for Managing your Child’s Heilkunst Treatment, here.

In honour of Autism Awareness Month, Heilkunst practitioner Sandra Weizman is pleased to offer a 2 for 1 Special for the month of April, 2015. Book an Initial Consult for a parent and child and the child’s Initial Consult will be FREE. (Value is $160.00 for a child under 12 and $200.00 if 12 or over). This offer is open to any parent of a child with autism or other developmental disability. Contact Sandra at sandra@heilkunstmedicine.com and visit her website at www.heilkunstmedicine.com.


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We made it through

We made it through.

It’s such a significant thing that I need to write a post about it.

Moses has officially been abscess-free for 5 whole weeks. This is huge since he hasn’t been abscess-free for an extended period of time since June 2012. His last abscess resolved in mid-February 2015. That’s almost 3 years of a steady stream of abscesses.

The details:

  • 2012:
    • 11 abscesses between June to December 2012; hospitalized for a total of 22 days to treat abscesses (two separate occasions) on intensive IV antibiotics to try to resolve them. He developed pneumonia as a secondary infection during the second visit. Almost all of them needed surgical drainage (combination of general and local).
  • 2013:
    • 34 abscesses in 2013 plus a dozen intra-abdominal abscesses; hospitalized for 12 days to treat the intra-abdominal abscesses on intensive IV antibiotics; started a super-antibiotic (Linezolid) for 6 weeks to resolve them further. So much pain and suffering.
  • 2014:
    • hospitalized for 3 days to surgically drain the intra-abdominal abscesses.
    • 67 abscesses developed between the end of March and the end of the year: 41 abscesses that have drained spontaneously, 17 that needed surgical intervention (2 general anesthesia for 11 of them, and 6 under local), 9 that disappeared on their own.
  • 2015
    • 6 abscesses spontaneously drained and 1 resolved on own during a 6 week period from early January to mid-February.

Total from June 2012 to Feb 2015: 131 abscesses over a period of less than 3 years = insanity

Before this time, there were sporadic abscesses between the time that he was an infant until he was 5 years old

  • 1 year old: several abscesses developed on his head that were drained by his family physician and one that needed general anaesthesia on the side of his jaw;
  • 2 years old: one on the back of his head resolved on its own;
  • 3 years old: one under his eye needed general anaesthesia.
  • 5 years old: a dental abscess resulted in pneumonia and a blood tranfusion (15 days of hospitalization).

Grand total:

  • 141 abscesses;
  • 53 days of hospitalizations over 7 visits related to abscesses (there were other hospitalizations for different reasons, such as pneumonia and other infections);
  • countless general and local anesthesia;
  • countless medical visits related to abscesses, not including all of the other medical visits related to other aspects of his care (often weekly with his surgeon in 2014, which meant missed swimming lessons); and
  • countless at home nurse and at school visits for after surgery care (in 2012, the nurse would visit every day for up to a month after the surgery to “pack” the abscess with dressings).

Thankfully, many of the abscesses were pain-free. Thank God!  But, a few of them caused a lot of pain and one was so painful that it caused us to postpone our summer trip to visit my family in another province for a month. (Oh, the emotional pain / disappointment of cancelling that trip). And all of the abscesses always caused some sort of physical pain either during local anaesthesia (the anaesthesia didn’t numb all of the pain), or the pain associated with the open wound care and the dressing changes. It has literally been non-stop for almost 3 years.

So much pain. So much suffering.

So much pain for us all.

Then, there was my own personal pain – the fact that I stopped teaching yoga and offering energy healing classes because I thought that there might be a link between the abscesses and the healing work that I did. I grieved the loss of my identity for months.

What does it all mean?

What was it all for? What was the gift? What were the blessings?

God only knows.

One thing that I do know is that we learned firsthand what it means to suffer and we how to be present for another’s suffering. (Goodness, it was hard). It took all of my wits to be present for it. And the truth is that for a lot of it, I wasn’t completely present and embodied. It was too hard.  But, man, did we ever get practice.

The blessings

blessing

I shared the above meme back in September 2014, when we were contemplating re-starting homeopathy. I had a feeling that this meme had a message for us. That somehow it would all make sense one day. That somehow the magnitude of the blessing would be in proportion to the magnitude of the battle that we fought. And oh, what a battle it was.

On December 1, 2014, I had a dream that the “root” of Moses’ abscesses had been excised, and a huge “energetic” surgery had been done.  I saw it so clearly in my dream. I can still see it now. It felt like a prophetic / meaningful powerful dream. And so it is and so it was.

While we were on the 2 year break from Heilkunst (between Nov 2012 and Oct 2014), I think that Moses’ body was stuck in one of the miasms and he was on a repeat loop. His body kept creating abscesses to try to resolve the “disease”, but without the right remedies, his body was just stuck on repeat. And the repeat loop got worse and worse until we re-started back with homeopathy.

In fact Arcanum Wholistic Clinic talks about just this phenomenon:

“This is where Heilkunst shines, in terms of bringing in the counterpart to energy prescribing (symptoms), and into what we call ‘tonic’ prescribing — that is, the disease pattern which is creating the underlying force field, and from which all symptoms emerge. Without a logical, systematic understanding of how to address this force field, the patient will forever repeat their symptoms in the same or similar form, never fully curing them.” – Source.

I mentioned to my Heilkunstler back in December that Moses started developing chronic abscesses when we started clearing the chronic miasms (it started when when we were in the middle of clearing Carcinosin), and she thought that once we cleared the first round of the miasms (there are 8 in total), he would no longer have any abscesses.

I’m happy to say that it didn’t take clearing all 8 of the first round of miasms. (It took clearing Tuberculinum to 50M, Medhorrhinum to 10M and Ringworm to 50M, and Staphylococcinum powders to 13C on the Fibonacci scale and a CM dropper). That’s all (I say with tongue in cheek)!

I am so grateful.

My boy is healthy. My boy is well.  What a blessing that is.

I feel like the work that we have been doing through Heilkunst has brought us home. And so it has.

What a blessing.

p.s. During our last session with his Heilkunstler, she mentioned that we shouldn’t be surprised if Moses develops some new abscesses when clearing the next chronic miasm (Medhorrhinum) since Med. is often associated with abscesses. I do feel that even if Moses develops some new abscesses in the future, what is different is that we will no longer be stuck in that same repeat loop. I truly feel that is over. Thank God!!!!!!


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Clearing Ringworm to 50M (my journey)

Moses and I are currently at the same point in Heilkunst treatment. Last month, both of us are cleared Ringworm to 50M, which is the second round of clearing of Ringworm. Ringworm is one of the 8 chronic miasms that is cleared during Heilkunst treatment.

As I mentioned in my last post, Ringworm can show itself in skin conditions, especially fungal. It is linked with symptoms of SAD and depression.  A person with the ringworm miasm may be tired, have a dull headache and not want to do anything. One may continue out of duty, causing frustration and self-blame. Ringworm has a general sense of being a victim, a deeper fatigue and frustration. The theme of ringworm is “wants to, but can’t” (p. 70 of this link).

This miasm shows up strongly in both Moses and me. The first time that I cleared Ringworm to 10M, I developed huge chalazion under my left eye as a healing reaction.*

Since we restarted Heilkunst treatment in October 2014, I have been more in tune with my treatment and have been noticing when I start the next four beat cycle (i.e., tension, charge, discharge and relaxation).  I started feeling the “tension stage” of Ringworm in early February (right when Ringworm season starts ~Feb 2) and it felt so uncomfortable. I felt very angry and felt strongly victimized (this is a strong keynote of Ringworm). I felt that I had no voice and was powerless. The theme of “wants to, but can’t” felt strong in me.  I was starting to wake up with a sore throat (which was only sore when I first woke up in the morning) and one of my plantar warts returned (a sign of Medhorrinum, which is the next chronic miasm to clear). ugh!

My appointment with my Heilkunstler was on Feb 18, and she noted that I was strongly presenting Ringworm. The following are the powders and droppers that I started.

Powders

1) Ringworm 3C to 13C (4 powders on the Fibonacci scale, since I didn’t clear Ringworm on the Fibonacci scale when I cleared Ringworm to 10M the first time), one powder every 2 days, followed by Ringworm 50M and LM5.

2) Lachesis 3C to 21 C (5 powders on the Fibonacci scale, one powder every 2 days) – for guilt, jealousy  and envy. This powder was to help me find my voice.

Droppers

1) Streptococcinum 50M for 2 weeks, and increasing to CM for 2 weeks after that(for my sore throat)/ Mercurius  highly sensitive, and will perceive slights or criticisms which may not exist in an objective sense – so true in me; this remedy also helps to decrease the Streptococcinum detox) / Hepar Sulphurius (sensitive) / Belladonna (I’m not quite sure why I needed this remedy, but this remedy is related to heat, fevers and delusions) 10M – 2x per day

2) Drainage – 2 times a day. To help help the body to detox, drain and release.

3) Ringworm LM5 (started after starting the Ringworm 50M powder; 3x per day) – this is to help minimize the healing reactions related to Ringworm.

4) Medorrhinum LM5 – 3 times a week (this was for the plantar wart and also a sign that Med is big in me and that when I am done with clearing Ringworm, I will likely start right into clearing Med right away – Med is the chronic miasm that follows Ringworm).

I immediately felt lighter (it felt like the clouds parted and the sun started to shine through) within minutes of taking my new remedies. Emotionally, I felt better and better with every day that passed for the first few days after starting my remedies. Such relief!

Suffice it to say, this month had its ups and downs. I think something significant shifted internally for me as I released a layer of victimhood, which has been a huge theme in my life. As a result, I was more aware of certain dynamics in my life, which caused some painful realizations and also friction in some of my relationships.

It feels like some significant shifts have occurred.

I can’t tell you how thankful I am to have discovered (and recently re-discovered) this modality of healing. I just find it so remarkable how principled the treatment is and how much it makes sense in an embodied sort of way. And to see how Moses is responding to the treatment, it brings so much relief to my mind, my emotions and my whole life. So much freedom.

I am so thankful.

*  My journey of clearing Ringworm to 10M was discussed at the end of this post here.


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Clearing Ringworm to 50M (Moses’ journey)

During the last month, starting on Feb 11, Moses cleared the Ringworm chronic miasm. Ringworm is one of the 8 chronic miasms that is cleared during Heilkunst treatment.

Ringworm can show itself in skin conditions, especially fungal. It is linked with symptoms of SAD and depression.  A person with the ringworm miasm may be tired, have a dull headache and not want to do anything. One may continue out of duty, causing frustration and self-blame. Ringworm has a general sense of being a victim, a deeper fatigue and frustration. The theme of ringworm is “wants to, but can’t” (p. 70 of this link).

Moses cleared Ringworm to the first level (to 10M) in September/October 2011. I was a bit dismayed to recall that Moses developed pneumonia prior to clearing Ringworm, when I delayed the treatment in 2011.  In Feb 2015, Moses started developing flu-like symptoms and was having difficulty breathing right before we started this round of treatment. Based on the symptoms that Moses was presenting, his homeopath thought that he might have the flu, so she prescribed a Influenzium / Bry / Phos 10M dropper. His homeopath sensed that the ringworm chronic miasm was big in Moses and might be a difficult one to clear (in terms of healing reactions). I started to feel a bit nervous when his Heilkunstler told me that if he needed to be hospitalized (say if he came down with pneumonia), he would continue to heal as long as I kept giving him his remedies. Gulp.

Powders

  • Staphylococcinum/ Nitricum acidum – 3C to 13C (4 powders, fibonacci scale)- for abscesses;
  • Ringworm 3C to 13C (4 powders, fibonacci scale – since he didn’t clear Ringworm on the Fibonacci scale when he first cleared Ringworm in October 2011) and 50M/LM5;

Droppers

1) Influenzium 10M / Bry 10M / Phos 10M – 2x / day for a week  (increased to 50M after 4 days) – for his cough and flu-like symptoms, achy body, etc. Stopped on Feb 25 (after two weeks).

2) Stramonium MM (that’s a huge potency, but the same potency as last month) – 2x / day – for night terrors;

3) Ringworm LM5 – 3x / day – started after he was done taking the Ringworm powders. This helps to moderate healing reactions related to the C scale clearing (this was up to LM6 3x/week after a healing reaction related to having a “plugged up ear”);

4) Staphylococcinum CM – 3x / week – to treat the abscesses (this is a huge potency, but not as high as the 10MM from last month); and

5) A dropper taken twice a day that includes all of the following:

  • fungal 200C (to treat thrush and other fungal infections);
  • Nitricum acidum 200C (resentment);
  • Graphites 1M (for ear fissures);
  • Sarsaparilla 1M (for ear fissures);
  • Petrussinum 200C (for his cough – this is a remedy for “whooping cough”;
  • Silicea 6X –  this was for his ear fissures;
  • Aesculus 1M (I assume this is for ear fissures, but not sure); and
  • Hepar Sulphuris 30C (I assume this is for ear fissures, but not sure).

Supplement:

Hubner silicea for ear fissures (silicea is good for healthy skin, hair and nails) –  1 teaspoon daily. It’s thick and kind of tastes like chalk, but easy to hide in shakes.

Healing reactions

The night that he started the remedies, he had a night terror. Two days later, he was having difficulty breathing, was coughing a lot, and had an increase in rashes (back, stomach and other areas). (I later found out that the increase in symptoms was related to an allergic reaction to something, but that’s a whole other story). Three days later, the huge abscess under his armpit that had been there for 6 weeks spontaneously drained (yay – I think likely as a result of the Staphylococcinum powders) and the rashes seemed to be subside. Thank goodness! He still had a bad, congested cough and couldn’t make it through his entire skating class since he was having difficulty breathing.

Four mornings after starting the remedies, he woke up crying and said that he was feeling sick, so I upped his Influenzium / Bry / Phos from 10M to 50M. (His homeopath had said that he might need the higher potency, so when he woke up with the same complaint that he had on Wednesday, I took it as a sign that it was time to up his dose). Within minutes, he calmed down and felt better. Amazing.

One week after starting the remedies, he started to complain that his ears were plugged and he was having trouble hearing. His Heilkunstler changed his Ringworm LM5 dropper to Ringworm LM6 (three times a week) and within a day, this complaint disappeared.

Eight days after starting the remedies, we rejoiced that he was officially abscess-free (another abscess that was developing disappeared on its own), for the first time in four months (since October, when he was abscess-free for three weeks). His ear fissures were looking much, much, much better (not oozing, inflamed or raw looking).

11 days after starting the remedies, he was doing really well emotionally. The main symptom remaining was a cough, the healing ear fissures and some rashes in places.

13 days after starting the remedies, we received a message from Moses’ teacher that he was not focused in class and was having too much fun (i.e., laughing and talking). Truthfully, I see this response as being a good sign (i.e., having fun, being sociable and laughing are all great things, really – especially a child who hates school and has previously been so shy — he’s starting to come out of his shell and make friends!), but not great for classroom management.

Two weeks after starting remedies

Two weeks after starting this round of clearing, we had a 15 minute consultation with his practitioner because she thought he might need more support to make it through this round of healing. (I had booked this consult immediately after the initial consult because my practitioner is busy, so it’s difficult to get last minute appointments).  I’m glad that I had this time put aside because there were some additional things that needed attention (e.g., cough, rashes and  ear fissures). I mentioned how thrilled I was that he was officially abscess-free. Woot woot!

She added these droppers to the mix:

1) Rumex 200C – for use as needed for a wet and productive cough that he still had (note, we were able to stop the Influenzium dropper after 2 weeks).

2) Baccillinum 50M + LM5 was added to the Ringworm LM6 dropper – 2x/day – this was for the increase in itchiness and rashes that he was experiencing.

3) Gemmotherapy Betula Ver. – he was supposed to have 1/2 teaspoon of this, but with Moses, I need to hide most things in his shakes and 1/2 teaspoon would be too difficult to hide since this has an alcohol base. I just hid a couple of drops in his shake a day. This is anti-inflammatory. I can’t remember if this was for his cough or his ear fissures.

4) Silicea 12X cell salt / tissue salt –  this was for his ear fissures (I ordered this online as she wanted him to have Silicea in the cell salt / tissue salt format, but I needed to order a lactose-free version). “This cell salt/tissue salt is for connective tissues, skin and has the function of helping with skin eruptions, brittle hair and nails, cleansing, initiating healing processes, sores, constipation and functionality of the skin”. 

Moses had an interrupted sleep on the night that we started the new remedies and woke up with his ear fissures looking more red again. By the next day, the cough remedy seemed to be working as his cough was starting to “dry out”. Two days later, he went to bed angry and ripped his left ear apart – the left fissure deepened. ugh…

Six days after the short consult, on March 3, Moses had an allergic reaction to an unknown food (swelling of his throat at school). The school gave him Benadryl and I brought him to the ER and they gave him Decadron (a corticosteroid) to calm down the swelling. Early March coincides with the start of Medhorrhinum season and I wondered if the reaction was related to this. (I just did a quick search and it looks like it likely was).[Update March 22, 2015: his Heilkunstler thought it might have been a healing reaction related to clearing Ringworm and not Medhorrhinum]. During the short consult, his Heilkunstler had said that she wouldn’t be surprised if Moses went directly into Medhorrhinum after clearing Ringworm, and since she was going to be on vacation, she provided a Med LM6 dropper, just in case.  The instructions were to not give him the dropper unless he was showing signs that he needed it (e.g., if he started acting like a maniac) and then to give it to him just 3 times a week. She cautioned against giving it to him too soon. I gave him his first drop of Med LM6 on the day of the allergic reaction and then gave him the Med dropper ~2-3 times a week.

Gifts of clearing Ringworm

Despite the ups and downs of the healing reactions (which were relatively minor this month), Moses continues to do remarkably well. We are so pleased.

Moses had an appointment with his chiropractor who has been treating him for the last 3 years and he is happy with how Moses is doing. He just needs to treat him structurally now (whereas, in the beginning, he was doing a lot more to help his organs, etc.).

Moses had an appointment with his dentist last week. This dentist remembers when Moses was a sick little boy and had terrible skin afflictions. (Moses actually once developed pneumonia and was hospitalized for 15 days after developing a dental abscess, so this dentist knows Moses very, very well). Whenever he sees Moses, he reminds us how far he has come. His dentist knows about Moses’ diagnosis and past hospitalizations and I could tell that he was surprised (and pleased) about how well Moses is doing. He was amazed at how calm Moses is now, and also how clear his skin is. It helps me to have these health practitioners in our lives who can remind us about how far Moses has come and that we really need to appreciate and celebrate where we are today.

He has officially been abscess-free for one entire month. Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Read about why this is significant for us here).

He didn’t have a night terror during the last two full moons. I think this pattern is officially done. And it’s been more than a month since his last night terror. Woo hoo!

He has made it through the entire fall and winter without any major illness or hospitalizations. Wow!!!!!

He is a strong, robust, happy, well-adjusted boy. He is doing well at school and is doing well socially. He just started power skating and he did phenomenal. He is healthy, well and strong!

It’s hard for me to express how significant this all really is.

I’m so very thankful. So thankful.

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