A long time is usually spent trying to decipher a chronic case. The symptoms, the histories, the generals, the mind are all dealt with and you are happy with your prescription. The next few days or weeks or months will tell you if there was anything for you to be happy about in the first place. The patient may tell you he has some relief and claim to be satisfied. But a discerning mind cannot find peace until all or almost all the pieces fall into the right places. Only then will you know you have done a good job and breathe a sigh of relief. It often happens that you have been cheated, that what you thought right was not completely right and was not the simillimum. Or was it that the case has taken a turn and you were right in the first place, as you are now?
This is the case of a baby brought to my clinic while he was six months of age. He had recurrent colds and obstruction in the nose. He had not started head holding, which is a developmental milestone. He was given Sulph 200. There were not many symptoms to prescribe on and Sulphur was chosen mainly because there were some pimple like eruptions over his body and he would perspire especially around his head. He was better but not completely so. The prescription was changed to Sulph iod. It is often found that when Sulph partially ameliorates, Sulph iod. will help.
The nose obstruction improved and he started turning on his tummy. After a while he began experiencing some troubles with digestion. He could not tolerate certain foodsor a group of foods, mainly proteins. If attention was not paid to regulate his diet, the trouble became worse and would end up in fever. Sulph iod helped him during these troubles but never cured him completely. His diet had always to be regulated and he continued to suffer.
He was a year old now. During one of these bouts, he had a high temperature. Sulphur iod did not help him. The fever would increase after he fell asleep and he would wake up needing tepid sponging to help control his fever. After about an hour or so, the sudden peak in the temperature would come down, though the fever remained. I also noted that he was talking more than was usual the day he got the fever. Lachesis 30 three doses were given. The key points taken into consideration were the loquacity and the typical Lachesis aggravation while going into sleep. About an hour after the first dose, the boy started walking about and also wanted to eat. He was feeling better already and the fever subsided after the third dose. The troubles with his digestion started improving and within two weeks he was completely cured of them too. I believe that my prescription of Sulph iod was not his simillimum, but Lachesis was. It helped him afterwards also, when he had other troubles