Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Adventures in Homeopathy, Pt 1

Okay first, to really explain what's going on here there will have to be a lot of background info...probably divided into a few posts.

Ethan has had diverse "problems" since he was born. Nothing terribly awful in the wide scope of things. No cancer, leukemia, autism, etc. For that, we can't complain. But he's never been "well." He was born though with eczema. I'm not talking just a dry patch here and there. I he came from the womb with mean red, inflamed, bleeding, cracked, painful skin. Even at images.google.com the most results for eczema can't compare. It was bad. Nothing would help. When he was too little to scratch I could keep it from him. As he got older (I mean 3 months old), he would nearly claw the skin off his bones.

By 10 or 12 months, the eczema was more manageable, but his regular allergies got worse. By two he began with asthma. He was allergy tested at 3 and he was allergic to peanut, cat, dog and feathers. The asthma continued to grow worse, although the doctors would tell me that it was "controlled." The list prescriptions grew also. Daily he took Zyrtec and Singulair by mouth. Elidel and Aclovate were used topically. Albuterol, Xopenex, and Pulimcort were used as needed in a nebulizer for asthma attacks. The pediatrician told me to keep a prescription refill of Orapred at the pharmacy...a pediatric oral steroid. He also carries an Epipen in case of anaphylactic shock after exposure to peanut.

Ethan's prescription medicine that he's accumulated in his 4 years. This doesn't include anything over-the-counter, which we used as needed.

In a year we had him tested again after a very scary allergy/asthma attack that he was nearly hospitalized for. The results from that allergy test had dramatically grown to include cat, American dust mites, European dust mites, feathers, bahia grass, bermuda grass, rye grass, peanut, milk and wheat. The most disturbing was the allergy to peanut, which had nearly doubled since the last test. Now, if he's exposed to peanut he could die if not treated.

It seemed like the more prescriptions that he took, the worse he got. Not to mention that his behavior was not always wonderful. He was very apt to be moody, angry, dramatic, and rebellious. The mood swings were awful. I couldn't help but think it was all related.

Well, a few weeks ago the Lord directed us to rethink the way we were treating this chronic condition. :-)

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. --3 John 2

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Tammy said...

I am glad that you are looking into natural healing methods. We believe God provided for us in the earth the means for healing and maintaining good health! The herbs are for the service of man, the psalmist said. (104, I think)

I'll be interested to read your future posts on the subject!