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!
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).
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!
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.