Family (3 members) in Classical homoeopathy constitutional care since 2008 when living in eastern Canada. On returning to United Kingdom remained in homoeopathic care.
Management: Throughout August, as there was a four hour time difference, and daily communication was by telephone, Skype, e-mail. Update emails were written during the night for my early morning review. I then replied in email, and we had a Skype video chat. When needing to order remedies the patient telephoned the remedy company for next day delivery. Also, on the way home from work a family member would pick up remedies.
3rd August, 2012
First signs of respiratory condition began when 7 year-old daughter had a cold. Then the mother felt ill with initial head cold and flu-like symptoms.
6th August Acute – consult e-mail
Head cold: moved from head, root of nose → throat → upper chest → throat
Causation, onset: developed cold-like, flu-like symptoms, then had exposure to cold, damp rain
Duration: 2 weeks – initial head cold lasting 3 days – runny nose, sneezing
Location: 1) Nose (yellow, sticky, slimy mucous); 2) Throat (hoarseness); 3) Upper chest (rattling of mucous), cough based in upper chest
Treatment: bio-chemic tissue salts (Ferrum phos 6X), Vitamin C, Echinacea homoeopathic tincture 10 drops in 1/4 cup warm water over 15-20 minutes, 2 times a day.
Sensation: heaviness, congestion in nose, chest. Chilly – warm weather outside, but body chilly inside
Modalities: < heat, warm room; > open, fresh air
Concomitants: general weakness
Physical energy: 7/10 (10 being good)
Kali sulph 30C (2 globules) in water bottle frequently sipping for 4 days, shake before each sip
10th August – Skype
Respiratory: cough, non-productive, then green discharge (also nasal)
Causation: recent cold head cold, chest congestive
Duration: little over 2 weeks
Location: from head, root of nose → throat → upper chest → throat
Treatment: Last prescription – Kali sulph 30C
Sensation: cough – rough, hoarse
Modalities: < cold, damp
Concomitants: intermittently feels like vomiting; hands icy cold, although sweats profusely during night; nervous, frightened can’t get breath < lying down especially during night
Physical energy: 5/10 (10 being good)
Calendula 30C (Boericke)
- Great disposition to take cold especially in damp weather
- Extremely nervous, easily frightened
- Has remarkable power to produce local exudation and makes acrid discharge healthy and free
- Cold hands
- Nausea in chest
- Nose, cough green discharge. Hoarseness
Calendula 30C (2 globules) in water bottle sipping frequently through day and night
When throat very irritated – Ferrum phos 12X Tissue Salt, continue Vitamin C
12th August – non-vaccinated daughter showing sounds of a whooping cough – case was managed and resolved by consecutive remedies and her health returned in September in time to begin new school year.
12th August – Skype morning
Location: 1) Throat. 2) Stomach. 3) Upper chest
Sensation: 1) Throat sensitive – can only drink small sips, eat tiny things; 2) Stomach – nauseous, want to throw up with coughing. 3) Cough – in spasms, irritated, dry
Modalities: nausea and choking sensations, < lying down; stomach > nibbles of ginger biscuits, slices of strawberries
Concomitants: Sitting up through the night, feels she may choke lying down; cough more pronounced, deep with hoarse sound
Physical energy: 5/10 (10 being good)
Together we observed cough beginning to whoop. Drosera: hoarseness, < lying down, vomiting caused by irritation from coughing.
Drosera 30C (Boericke) – “Affects markedly respiratory organs and was pointed out by Hahnemann as the principal remedy for whooping-cough.”
Drosera 30C (2 globules) in water bottle in small sips (throat very sensitive). Shaking before each sip.
Also: irritated throat – Ferrum phos 12X Tissue Salt, Vitamin C
13th August – Skype, morning
Location: 1) Stomach 2) Mind – fear during night “may be dying”
Sensation: 1) Cough – persistent, mild, non-rattly
Modalities: Stomach – nausea < lying down; > fresh air, sips of cold water, sharp lemon drink; > Sitting up through the night
Physical energy: 4-5/10 (10 being good)
Continuing on Drosera 30C, sipping frequently
However sitting up in the night – intense fear of dying. Saying: “is the hardest time of day, have a deep phobia.”
Evening – one dose of Aconite 200C (2 pellets)
Ref. Boericke: “ A state of fear, anxiety; anguish of mind and body. Physical and mental restlessness, fright, is the most characteristic manifestation.”
Update – Afternoon – Email
Now vomiting, chokey spasms. While vomiting, fear of choking predominates
Continue sipping Drosera 30C – Decide Aconite 30C rather than 1 dose of Aconite 200C – Acon 30C in water bottle sipping as needed, fear is predominate during night, also throat feels raw, burning (also Aconite).
14th August – overnight update email
Sensation: overnight – 1) Stomach: constant nausea, vomiting, clear mucous.
2) Wheezing cough, constriction in chest with times feeling of suffocation
Immediately Ipecac 30C (2 globules) in water bottle sipping frequently
Patient “loved Aconite” – would sip whenever feeling fearful – especially during night when sitting up. Would sense when one remedy was needed at specific times, and alternated remedies, tissue salts accordingly.
Wished to take in water – Kali sulph 6X Tissue Salt (night when throat dry constricted, breathing difficult) – and Ferrum phos 12X Tissue Salt (inflammation, irritation in throat becomes acute after excessive coughing), Vitamin C.
15th August – Skype, morning
Vomiting stopped – continue Ipecac 30C and Aconite 30C (for overnight)
16th August – Email, early morning
Location: 1) Throat – gagging at times, congested, left side, buzzy sensation.
2) Chest – wheezy, rattling, tickling sensation
Modalities: > sitting up all night – congestion, cough, wheezing, gagging – couldn’t breath properly. > ginger, honey tea, fresh air, cold sips
Comment: “Strange, I don’t feel poorly” 7/10 (10 being good)
Ipecac 30C finished
Increasing sensation of rattling, gagging choking, coughing. Little expectoration.
Antimonium tart 200C (2 globules) in water bottle sipping frequently
Boericke: Respiratory: “Great rattling of mucus, but very little is expectorated.”
Continue: Aconite 30C during the night, as needed complement with Ferrum phos 12X TS and Kali sulph 6X TS, Vitamin C.
17th August – Skype, morning
Daytime fine, more energy in afternoon, still mostly coughing during night.
We continued Ant tart 200C as the main leading remedy – and during night complemented with Sulphur 30C (Coughing hurts, whole lung heavy, burning sensation, during night, < lying down).
And saw GP – who didn’t notice cough “as whooping” – lungs were clear, and doctor said she should be over the worst of “this cold” – prescribed antibiotics (did not use).
Throughout August – we had daily contact, often 2 times a day, following symptoms until resolution in early September.
Observations when people have been in Classical Homoeopathy Care:
- The extended family’s support is so helpful, especially when needing to sit up all night for easing respiratory discomfort.
- No additional complication of drugs, especially antibiotics – symptom picture had clarity as the symptoms changed, especially locations, and what else accompanied respiratory symptoms (concomitants).
- Have had so much practice describing Presenting Complaint (s) for: Locations, Sensations, Modalities and anything else going on (concomitants).
- Sense when remedy is working in acute situations and experienced immediate relief. Felt remedy nearing completion of action, and when picture, symptom location changes, shifts to another site.
NOTE: A vaccinated child will often have repeated, severe congestive breathing episodes – which terrify parents. They should immediately go to emergency department if respiratory congestion is more complex than they can manage at home.
Vitamin C – Ref: The Vitamin C treatment for Whooping Cough – Suzanne Humphries, MD. End of article – description of Whooping Cough initial stages, progression and studies, clinical information on Vitamin C.