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January 2017 – Heilkunst update

This is a summary of Moses’ Heilkunst (sequential homeopathy) update in December over a 3 week period. Read more about our Heilkunst journey here.

This was a rough month for Moses.

On December 17, 2016, Moses started the following droppers:

1) Citrus 12C – (Physical – Abscesses/Eczema/Ear fissures/Digestion/Thrush/Allergies/Dry skin/Asthma/Coughing/Sleep) – a drop a day

2) Aurant. 200C – (Emotions – Anger/Fear/Anxiety/Stress) – a drop a day

3) Anhal. 1M – (Mentals – Night terrors/Behaving babyish around mother/Frustration with homework/Brain fog/Spaciness/Time management skills) – a drop a day

4) Anxiety – Pichi 30C – as needed or once a day

Even before Moses started these new droppers, he had a persistent cough, which he had had for weeks. He also had an abscess under his right armpit. Sigh…  He had been receiving 24/7 CoRe treatments for approximately 2 weeks to help his system to stabilize. He was not quite himself emotionally. He was stressed out about starting at a new day home in our new community. He was also in a dark mood because his secret Santa at school gave him a gift of chocolates, which he couldn’t eat because of his allergies to milk. ugh!

Dermatologist’s advice

Moses stopped his prophylactic antibiotic about a week and a half ago, and his back is broken out. I’m remembering now that in the past, when we stopped his prophylactic antibiotic, he experienced a break out in his rashes. Moses recently saw a new dermatologist and he suggested 14 days of a strong steroid cream, 14 days of mild bleach baths (yep, that’s exactly what it sounds like) and 14 days of slathering Moses with Glaxalbase. As much as I hate steroid creams, we are actually going to do it. I was scared that the steroid creams would move the “disease” to this internal organs (i.e., make his chest infection worse). It sounds wacky, but according to homeopathic theory, if you suppress the “disease” at the level of the skin, it has to express somewhere. Despite my fear, I didn’t have it in me to convince DH not to follow it, so I went with the flow of it and we followed the dermatologist’s protocol. Well, I would find out the hard way a few days later, that Moses’ body responded in exactly the way homeopathic theory would predict…

He had a night terror on Dec 19th. As of Dec 20th, Moses was still not happy about being at a new day home, and his skin was still broken out, despite having started the 14 day skin regime. In particular, he had a painful new bump on his back, which is a new place for him to develop bumps. He was still bumpy under his right armpit.

Second IVIG Infusion  = bad experience

On Dec 21st, Moses had his second IVIG infusion. He had a difficult IV start, but they were able to get the IV started at a second site. Because they started the IV later, they sped up his infusion (~3 hours; the first infusion was 6 hours), which was probably too fast because later that evening, he vomited twice and had a nasty headache. Poor boy. He slept in the next morning and I stayed home from work to be with him. He wasn’t feeling himself at all. He still hadn’t eaten by 11 am and he was sad because “I thought that IVIG would help me and now I’m feeling sicker than I ever have been”. And he was sad because Christmas was approaching and he was missing his friends and family in NL, esp. his cousins. “Why did we move here, when we don’t have family here and everyone will be celebrating Christmas with their families except for us.” Goodness. And, the abscess under his right armpit was huge and he had another bump on his back. He had another night terror that evening.

On Dec 23rd, we brought Moses to his family physician and discovered that he had a double ear infection (something he hasn’t had since he was 2 years old) and a viral chest infection. (I think these were the result of following the dermatologist’s advice and the use of the strong steroidal creams). His physician  prescribed a 10 day dose of Amoxicillin. Oh boy – more assault to his gut. DH thought it was important to follow the physician’s advice. I also applied melaleuca (tea tree essential oil) to the outside of his ear. Moses was so miserable, not sleeping well, coughing a lot and having difficulty breathing.  He was so sad to be sick over Christmas. But by the end of the day on the 23rd, he was perking up and being more himself. Not as sad and sick and emotional.

 

New remedies and more abscesses

On Dec 24th, his Heilkunstler said that he was ready for new droppers (only 7 days later – he was processing through his remedies so quickly; for context for new readers, he used to be able to be on the same remedy for 3 weeks):

  • Physical: Tus. far. 12c
  • Emotional: Semp. 200c
  • Mental: Nit. ox. 1m
  • Anxiety: Merc. bin. 200c

Later that afternoon, the abscess under his right armpit started to drain on its own (yay!), and we learned of another abscess in another location, but that looked like it might drain on its own soon. We had a good Christmas spent with friends, but then on Boxing Day, we discovered that Moses had yet another abscess developing. So that made four abscesses, three of which were probably ready to be drained.  WTF? His last drainage under general anaesthesia was only 24 days ago. We can’t continue this. Moses can’t get general anaesthesia once a month! We started the IVIG because we hoped that it would help decrease the frequency of abscesses, but truthfully, it doesn’t seem like it’s been helping at all. I booked a session with his karmic healer. (I try not to book with her very often because her services are astronomically expensive. She typically books a month in advance, so we scheduled an appt for Jan 13th).

My theory about the abscesses was that his body was trying to push out what some of the western medicines have tried to suppress. Since homeopathy generally draws things out of the body, the recent droppers likely gave Moses’ body the energy to push out, which is needed. (Say whereas strong steroidal creams suppress and drive the disease deeper into the body, into the lungs). Out is better than in, but it’s still hard because some of Moses’ abscesses inevitably need to be drained by a surgeon, which means more anaesthesia, which means more night terrors and we keep going around and around and around in this vicious cycle. Plus, DH and I are both working fulltime and my schedule will get busier in the new year. We can’t continue like this. We can’t.

By Dec 27th, he had 6 abscesses: both armpits (the one under his right armpit was huge), his back, and then three in other places). He was also having difficulty hearing – probably because of the ear infection. We hoped that his hearing would return to normal after the infection cleared up, but at least his ears were no longer hurting. His last day of the 24/7 Core treatment was on December 29th, and his Heilkunstler suggested that he take a few days break to see how he does without it. She said that sometimes gains are made in the breaks after the 24/7 treatment.

 

General anaesthesia and abscess drainage

On Dec 29th, we spent a very long day at the hospital – between 11 am and 3 am. His immunology nurse said that she would put in a request with surgery, which we thought might expedite the process, but it really didn’t because since Moses is MRSA-positive, they will always schedule his surgery to be the last one. Moses had three abscesses drained under general anesthesia. He was put on the emergency list and was the last surgery that day – his surgery was a midnight and we didn’t get home until 3 am. Oh boy. On the good side of things, at least these were drained before we all started back to school and work in the new year. Also, we really like our surgeon and the immunology team. The anesthetist was very friendly too. His surgeon listened to our request and didn’t put wicks into Moses abscesses and they also didn’t give him any morphine post-surgery (like they did last time). Moses was still yelling and upset when coming out of the anaesthetic, but it wasn’t as terrible as it was last time.

Moses was such a trooper. He slept for 6 hours and then was ready to go sledding with some friends the very next day after his surgery. I was exhausted, but Moses is fed by fun, so we went sledding.

Moses’ hematologist prescribed another 7 day course of antibiotics  for the MRSA infection (Levofloxacin – this is a new one for Moses. I did some reading on Levofloxacin – it doesn’t look like it’s effective against MRSA, so I have no idea why they prescribed it. Also, it’s generally not approved for children because it is associated with an elevated risk of musculoskeletal injury in this population. We decided not to give it to him).

New remedies

On Dec 30th (the day after the surgery), I checked with his Heilkunstler and she said that he was already ready for new droppers:

  • Pancr. 12C (Physical)
  • Sium 200C – (Emotions)
  • Sfo. 1M – (Mentals)
  • Anxiety – Iber. 30C

This was only 6 days after getting new droppers. For some reason, he’s needing new droppers so frequently (every 6-7 days). Not sure why.

In the evening of Dec 30th, before Moses received his first dose of the new homeopathic droppers, he was having trouble breathing. It’s scary when he takes his puffer a number of times and he still has trouble breathing. Goodness.  Our family needs a break from stress. We really do. During this bout of difficult breathing, I gave Moses his first drops of his new remedies and within 30 minutes, his breathing settled down and he went to his friend’s house to hang out. Thank goodness!

MRSA decolonization

Since we are desperate to stop all of these abscesses from occurring and because they are MRSA infections, we are going to try to decolonize the whole family from MRSA using this protocol. We tried following this protocol a few times. The first time was   5 years ago when DH and I both had MRSA infections. The protocol involves all three of us using a body wash for 5 days (triclosan 1% or chlorhexidine gluconate 4%; we are using the latter); and twice daily nasal ointment (mupirocin 2%).

A couple of days ago, I also started giving Moses MMS baths again (10 drop dosage – will gradually work up to 20 drops).

German New Medicine perspective on abscesses

From a German New Medicine perspective, this is what abscesses mean:

“Abscesses are a problem of the corium or under-skin and when we get them it is usually a sign of a strong feeling of being attacked. That part of our skin protects the inner body, it is the tough skin underneath the surface skin. When a person feels attacked literally by a substance or injury or figuratively, by events or threats from the environment or people, the skin will react with boils and abscesses.

I can imagine that once they started and he has had to be treated for them at the hospital – the treatments themselves are a form of attack, so inevitably after that more abscesses appear as a result of the intervention to treat them! It is a tricky situation that ideally resolves once the abscessed diminish and treatments of that invasive nature can stop.”

Read full text here re: GNM perspective.

In other words, Moses is caught in a vicious cycle. We need this to stop.

Fresh start, new school

Moses started at a new school on January 3rd because we moved to a new community in November. He was terribly stressed about starting at a new school for the last two months, and when we left him at the school, he was  pale, anxiety-stricken and looked shell-shocked. I was really worried about him, but much to my delight and surprise, Moses reported when he got home from school that he had the best day and he had met a lot of people, including kids who love the Vancouver Canucks (Moses’ favourite hockey team). He connected with a kindred spirit on his first day of school, and on their second day of school, they coordinated outfits and both wore their Vancouver Canucks jerseys to school. He had a night terror later that evening (a release from the anaesthesia from the week before?).

On Jan 4th, Moses was looking healthier and was back to his confident self. This was the last day of the “MRSA decolonization protocol” that I described above, and Jan 3rd was his last day of Amoxicillin antibiotics from the ear infection that he developed after Christmas. Our lives were simplifying again and Moses was down to only two medications at night (Alvesco puffer and Reactin for allergies). His cough was even improving and only present in the morning. His skin was looking good too (which might be because of the Amocillin and the decolonization protocol – Moses’ skin generally does better when he’s on an antibiotic). We’ll see what happens in a few weeks. I’d love to be pleasantly surprised to have his skin remain clear.

On the evening of his second day back to school, Moses was doing math homework at night and doing really well, showing us dance moves that he learned at school during gym class, and excitedly described a Vancouver Canucks sign that he was going to make in wood-working class. It was so wonderful, absolutely wonderful how well his adjustment to his new school was going. So, so relieved. Big sigh out!

Perhaps some of these gains were because we recently stopped the 30 days of 24/7 Core treatment (on Dec 27th). His practitioner mentioned that sometimes the gains are observed once the treatment stops. hmmmmm……  In any case, I’m just so relieved, and I hope that this period of rest continues for Moses and for the family. We so desperately need a period of rest. May it be so.

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Moses is the second from the left


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December 2016 – Heilkunst update

This is a summary of Moses’ Heilkunst (sequential homeopathy) update in December over a 3 week period. Read more about our Heilkunst journey here.

On November 23, 2016, Moses started the following droppers:

1) Chry. ac. 12C – (Physical – abscesses/Rashes/Ear fissures/Thrush in mouth/AsthmaAccident prone/Tooth decay/Brain fog/Bloody snot/Itching/Food allergies/Sleep) – a drop a day

2) Guarea 200C– (Emotions – Anger/Grief over so many changes) – a drop a day

3) Kali bi. 1M – (Mentals – Academic motivation/Friendships/Peer socialization/Babyishness with mother/Overly emotional) – a drop a day

4) Anxiety re: transitions to new home and impeding change to new school in January, making new friends – Piper nig. 30C

5) Cold: Bals. 9c

He started these droppers the evening of his first day that he received his first IVIG infusion (read more about this experience here), and earlier that day, had developed a new abscess and had another large abscess under his left armpit. He had a night terror that evening, his second one in a row. And he had another night terror four nights later on Nov 27th.

24/7 CoRe Treatment

His session with his Heilkunstler was on Nov 29th, and based on all of the difficulties that Moses has been having since our move (abscesses, night terrors, hallucinations, emotional stress, anger and grief), we decided to start a 24/7  Inergetix CoRe treatment.

I had planned to do it for at least 10 days, but because it appeared that Moses was responding well to the treatment, I decided to continue the treatment for an entire month to try to help stabilize Moses’s system.

The CoRe treatment practitioner explained:

“For now, I am focusing on the part that remedies are not able to hold stable or change fast enough. I know he is being treated every 10 days or so. The 24 hr treatment is meant to reduce tension and symptoms, stabilize him and then he can probably resume his regular treatments once more.

During the 10 days of my treatment the symptoms or main problem can change to something else, so if you let me know about it, I can pick the next set of rates accordingly. This is the main benefit from this approach – the daily monitoring and opportunity to quickly adjust the treatment as things start changing. Let’s hope it works quickly for Moses.”

New remedies

On the day after he started the CoRE treatment (on Nov 30), Moses started new homeopathic droppers. He wasn’t yet proving the previous set of remedies, but his Heilkunstler decided to give him new droppers to give him a fresh start since we had just had a consultation:

1) Fel. t. 30C – (Physical – Abscesses/Rashes/Ear fissures/Thrush in mouth/Food allergies/Digestion/Brain fog/Itchiness/Asthma/Sleep) – a drop a day

2) Lin. cath. 200C – (Emotions – Anger/Grief/Anxiety over upcoming change of school) – a drop a day

3) Merls. 1M – (Mentals – Academic work/Attention span/Frustration with homework/Night terrors & Involuntary shaking) – a drop a day

4) Anxiety re upcoming change of school – Asimina 30C – as needed

General anesthesia / more abscess drainage

The day after he started his new droppers (on December 1st), he had 2 abscesses drained under local anaesthesia (left armpit, and another location). Goodness – so much going on for my boy! I think the CoRe treatment really helped with keeping Moses’ system calm prior to the surgery. He was so calm. He didn’t complain of hunger, which was huge deal since he fasted between midnight until his procedure at 2 pm, and he typically eats when he’s stressed. He did so well.  But, he came out of the anaesthesia as he typically does, screaming, in a night terror-like state.  By the time they called me to his side, they had already given him morphine because they thought he was in pain. It was terrible; I never would have given them permission to give him morphine if they had asked. As a result of the morphine, it took him much longer than normal to come to. He screamed and kicked for an hour after I got to his side. He was terrified.  He screamed at me that he couldn’t stop kicking and screaming and he was terrified that he was never going to come to, that he was going to be stuck in that other hallucinogenic world forever. It was awful.

But thankfully, it did pass, and after he came out of it, he did really well, and he was his normal self by the evening. But, the ordeal wasn’t over because his surgeon had inserted a wick in both abscesses, and Moses has had several bad experiences with wicks getting stuck in the abscesses  / pain associated with the wick coming out. We removed one of the wicks within a few hours of his surgery because we find that his surgical incisions heal quickly and sometimes start to close around the wick, making it hard for the wick to come out, esp. if they pack it too tightly, so the quicker we get them out the better. He was freaked out and upset, but we finally convinced him to let us take it out.

The next morning (Dec 2), we had a terrible time getting the second wick out. He cried for 3 hours straight. He was so upset and scared and angry. And then later that evening, his immunologist prescribed a 5 day course of Linezolid (a strong antibiotic) because the abscesses are related to MRSA.

No more prophylactic antibiotic

On Dec 7, he had an appt with a new infectious diseases specialist (new since we recently moved to this city). She said that Moses’ cultured MRSA is resistant to the prophylactic antibiotic that Moses is on, so we can stop Doxycycline. Woot woot!!!!!!!!

I really felt that the 24/7 treatment was helping. Moses was emotionally stabilized. He hadn’t had any night terrors since we started the CoRe treatment. I was also relieved that he didn’t have any gastrointestinal issues to the 5 day course of Linezolid. He was emotionally stable. No new abscesses had developed. His only symptom was a persistent cough that was present for weeks.

New remedies

December 8 was Moses’ first day of being antibiotic-free. And, oddly enough, he woke up in a black cloud. He was so angry. He felt like he was hard done by. He felt like life was unfair. I asked his Heilkunstler if he was ready for new remedies since it was day 9 of his droppers, and he’d recently been on a 10 day cycle. She checked and said that he could have still continued on the same droppers for another 2 days, but given the recent symptoms, she gave him 3 new remedies.

  1. Physical – Carbo h. 30C
  2. Emotional – Crot. c. 200C
  3. Mental – Fluor. ac. 1M

That same day, he called me from school (this was before he received his new remedies) and he asked to be picked up from school because he had hurt his toe and thought it was broken or sprained. When I got to school, I could tell that it wasn’t that serious by the way he was moving, although it was swollen. When we got home, I put some frankincense, massage blend essential oil and peppermint essential oil and within an hour, there was no more pain. Thank goodness for the essential oils. I think the new homeopathic droppers helped as well. He had a night terror that evening and the following evening.

On Saturday, Dec 10th, Moses found out that his budgie bird in NL died. He was very sad and mad. He was mad all day long.

On Sunday, Dec 11th, his cough continued and seemed to be getting worst. It hurt for him to cough. The cough was so bad that I was worried that might develop into pneumonia. He had play dates on the Sat and Sunday, so he still had energy to play and have fun, but on Sunday evening, he was feeling he sick and mad and down in the dumps. His Heilkunstler gave him a new cold dropper (Pop. c. 9C), and Moses’ CoRe practitioner  noted that :

“It is interesting to note that from a German New Medicine perspective coughing is a sign of territorial fear conflicts and a result of a previous irritation of the air passages, when the person was in stress mode. Coughing is a release, but can become chronic when the stress repeats itself. In essence it is a healing process in the body that can be quite uncomfortable, but is meant to clean up and restore the respiratory system.

All healing symptoms worsen at night when our mind is more relaxed and when our body is at rest – with the coming of night we switch to the autonomic nervous system and the body begins a process of self-cleansing etc – and all fevers, coughs and such can feel worse then.”

It’s true – Moses’ symptoms always worsen at night. By the evening of the following day (Dec 12), Moses was feeling much better. He still had a cough, but it was better than it was. I think the  homeopathic dropper helped. I also massaged his back with melissa essential oil (which has anti-viral properties). And, he had a pocket full of essential oil cough drops, which he was popping in his mouth as needed during the day.

On the evening of Dec 13, Moses’ cough was worse again, and he was also very emotional because he didn’t do so well on a social studies test and DH was harder on him than he needed to be.

On the evening of Dec 14, his coughing worsened again, and he was up half of the night coughing. He also had the beginnings of a night terror, but came out of it easily. We kept him home from school on Dec 15th to rest. There’s a also huge bump starting under his right armpit.

Tomorrow is Moses’ next Heilkunst appt, and his last day of school before the holidays. Next week, Moses will be starting at a new day home in our new community, then I’ll spend a week home with him during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and then he starts a new school in January. There are still a lot of new transitions that Moses is navigating. I am hoping that now that we are rooting in one home (which all three of us love) that things will start to settle down for Moses. I also hope that the continued homeopathic and CoRE treatments continue to help his system to stabilize.

More info re: Inergetix CoRe treatments