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Justin’s story – An unexplained weakness



Hpathy Ezine, May, 2006 | Print This Post Print This Post |

Special thanks to Caroline Rich, Justin’s mother, for sharing her son’s story. The following is a letter sent to me by Caroline Rich, the mother of a 14-month-old boy whom I treated with homeopathy. She told me that she wanted to convey Justin’s story to other parents who are told that there is “nothing wrong” with their baby—when their child is obviously very sick. The fear and frustration parents feel when doctors find no cause for their child’s disease can be profoundly debilitating. She wrote: “My husband and I were planning to take our 14-month-old son on a family vacation to Ireland. A bit worried about the plane ride in view of our baby’s chronic ear infections, I took Justin for a check-up the week before we left. He received a clean bill of health from his pediatrician.” “Four days into the trip, Justin woke up with a fever. A few hours later he vomited twice. By midnight I found myself in an emergency room with a baby burning with fever. On examination, the doctor determined that Justin had otitis media in both ears. She prescribed an antibiotic, Augmentin, as well as a pain reliever, Motrin.” “Five days later we were on a plane back to New York. The day after we arrived home, I took Justin to the pediatrician to re-evaluate the condition of his ears. I was told that his ears looked great and there was no sign of infection.” A nightmare begins “A few hours later the […]

Special thanks to Caroline Rich, Justin’s mother, for sharing her son’s story.

The following is a letter sent to me by Caroline Rich, the mother of a 14-month-old boy whom I treated with homeopathy. She told me that she wanted to convey Justin’s story to other parents who are told that there is “nothing wrong” with their baby—when their child is obviously very sick. The fear and frustration parents feel when doctors find no cause for their child’s disease can be profoundly debilitating.

She wrote: “My husband and I were planning to take our 14-month-old son on a family vacation to Ireland. A bit worried about the plane ride in view of our baby’s chronic ear infections, I took Justin for a check-up the week before we left. He received a clean bill of health from his pediatrician.”

“Four days into the trip, Justin woke up with a fever. A few hours later he vomited twice. By midnight I found myself in an emergency room with a baby burning with fever. On examination, the doctor determined that Justin had otitis media in both ears. She prescribed an antibiotic, Augmentin, as well as a pain reliever, Motrin.”

“Five days later we were on a plane back to New York. The day after we arrived home, I took Justin to the pediatrician to re-evaluate the condition of his ears. I was told that his ears looked great and there was no sign of infection.”

A nightmare begins

“A few hours later the nightmare began; I noticed a change in Justin’s gait and balance. He appeared ‘drunk’—clumsy, veering from side-to-side, and throwing his head and neck back when he walked. Naturally, I became very frightened and rushed him back to the pediatrician who said the condition was probably related to jetlag or the ear infection he had had on vacation. Reluctantly, I took my baby home and began the long wait to see if the problem would resolve itself.”

“Four days later I had seen no improvement, so I took Justin to see a pediatric Ear-Nose-Throat specialist. After a thorough examination this doctor told me the baby’s ears looked ‘great’ and he had found nothing unusual. I left that office feeling frustrated and very scared.”

“The weekend passed and Justin’s symptoms continued. He was clumsy and falling all the time. A deeper fear began to grow within my husband and me. Monday I took Justin back to our pediatrician for a second opinion and was told to take him immediately to the emergency room for a CAT scan of the brain. The CAT scan results were all normal.”

“The next day, Justin was examined by a neurologist who tested him but found nothing abnormal. The neurologist could see his condition but could not give us a diagnosis. MRIs of the brain and inner ear were ordered, and again the results were normal. Justin was seen by at least ten different physicians, each one unable to diagnose the problem. One physician did indicate that this condition could be the result of a bizarre virus that moved through our baby’s system—maybe the condition that had landed him in the hospital in Ireland—and affected his gait and balance.”

“Frustrated and out of ideas I decided to turn to our family chiropractor who is also a homeopath. I reasoned that if this condition could not be diagnosed by all the tests already performed on Justin, the ‘virus possibility’ was the only thing I had to go on. Because a virus cannot be treated with conventional medicine and had not even been confirmed in Justin’s case, I decided to try homeopathy.”

“We began our first visit with the homeopath by reviewing the events of the past weeks with her, and indeed came to the conclusion that Justin’s condition could be the result of a nasty virus. Because our homeopath has known Justin since he was six months old—his moods, his constitution, and his gait—she was able to see the difference in him immediately.”

“She spent quite a bit of time gathering as much information about our baby’s condition as possible from my husband and me. On this particular day, Justin’s symptoms changed. While walking across the floor in the office, our baby’s knees buckled and he fell to the ground. He had now developed what looked like a lower extremity weakness. At home the next day, he looked pale and felt limp when I picked him up.”

A remedy for post-viral weakness

When Justin came to see me, I conducted a thorough neurological evaluation, which showed that Justin’s deep tendon reflexes were intact, his pupils were equal and active, and all his sensory and vibration tests were normal. In light of this and the previous doctors’ reports, I felt confident that this was indeed a post-viral syndrome. I chose the following symptoms in order to find a homeopathic remedy:

• General symptoms: Great fatigue and weakness. (Morrison, Desktop Guide)
• General symptoms: Trembling. (Morrison, Desktop Guide) [Justin’s mother had told me that during the initial fever episode and afterwards, he trembled so much that she had to hold him tightly against her chest to still him, and if she let go, he would scream.]
• General symptoms: Appearance; “worn out” expression. (Morrison, Desktop Guide)
• Head: Heavy head, feels as though he can hardly lift it. (Morrison, Desktop Guide)
• Eyes: Heavy, drooping eyelids. (Murphy’s Materia Medica) [People would stop the mother in a store to say how tired her baby looked.]
• Limbs: Loss of power or muscular control. Excessive trembling and weakness of the limbs. Heavy lower limbs. Knees weak, tottering gait, cannot direct his legs. (Murphy’s Materia Medica)
• Temperature: Influenza. Wants to be held because he shakes so. (Murphy’s Materia Medica)
• Modalities: Complaints from sudden change from hot to damp air [Ireland]. Worse damp weather [Ireland]. (Murphy’s Materia Medica)

Nancy Gahles

Dr. Nancy Gahles - CCH , RS Hom (NA). has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Homeopathy. chairs the Committee for Homeopathy Today and serves on the Media and Marketing Committee. Dr. Gahles is in private practice in New York City and Belle Harbor, NY as a chiropractor and a homeopath. She owns Health & Harmony Wellness Education, offering consults and educational programs on wellness issues. She writes a bimonthly health column for The Wave newspaper, Queens, NY and for various health and yoga journals. Dr. Gahles is a supervisor of 3rd year students in the clinical program at The School for Homeopathy New York.

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  1. Chethana

    December 29, 2010

    My baby having the Criggler Najjar Syndrome Type II. Now my baby billurubin level is 14.6 . Now My baby is two year and one month old. Now the problem is, one month back my baby was having the fever for 20 days. It is normal viral fever(which came because of throat infection). after that my baby is not able to sit and even walk. Before the fever. My baby was able to sit and walk. I have showed my baby to my family pediatric and neurologist. They asked me to go for the brain MRI and nerve test and blood test. Then they have told me that nothing problem in the brain, nerve and blood. But my baby is not able to sit and walk. If I give the support to the baby it is able to sit and walk. Doctor prescibed the nueromin-M. Please advice me what to do.?. Then my pediatric and nuerologist they asked us to take some calcium syrup.

    awaiting your valuable reply at the earliest.

    Thanks

    Jagadeesha

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      December 30, 2010

      Dear Jagdeesha, homeopathy has many remedies that can help in cases of post-viral neuresthenia or any unexplained weakness. You should consult a good homeopath in your town to find the needed remedy asap.

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