Revisiting: A Bad Cold Threatens Kelly’s Family Christmas

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Here’s an acute case that runs through many remedies before being resolved. Did you get the right answer?

Does anybody remember last month’s quiz? Here it is again:

Back by popular demand, I give to you once again, the one and only, the lovely, the magnificent, Kelly Young, with yet another sick child. Yeesh!

Thank you, Elaine, for that emotional introduction. It’s great to be back.  As always, the Hpathy audience is the greatest audience in the world!

(Applause!!!!)

This is the case of my 7 year old son, “Emilio Rodriguez”. The cold and flu season arrived early this year, mocking the majesty of Christmas. The glistening of the tree-tops, the excitement of a brisk sleigh ride through new-fallen snow, the promises of holiday cheer…

Cut!  Cut!  Cut!!!!!!!!!   Did you just say, “Emilio Rodriguez”?

Is there something wrong with that?

With a nice Irish name like Kelly, is anyone going to believe that you named your son “Emilio Rodriguez”?

So, you think I went too far?

That’s OK, Kelly; all beginners in homeopathy make the same mistake.

What about, “Shanahan O’Hannity”?

Umm…….

Well, what about “Brody O’Brady”?  “Seamus McBeamish”?  Or, “Bowie Blarney”?

Well, what about a simple name like, “Blathmac Brickley”? 

Well, I hate to say it, Elaine, but that is the stupidest name I’ve ever heard!

Well, fine then!  We’ll go with Brody O’Brady!

Well fine!

Fine!

Fine!  So my dear little 7 year old “Brody O’Brady” started coughing late one night, waking him from sleep.

By the next day, he was coughing more and by that night, a lot!

He was very thirsty, chilly, had no fever and was pale. The cough was productive but not too deep.

He had a stuffy nose too. I started Phosphorus 30c (3 doses by bedtime).

He awoke around 11:30 pm, coughing, sweating and very red faced and crying.

He had a tummy ache–passing much wind and very sensitive to light. He had a headache. I tried zapping the phosphorus without much luck, so, I guessed it wasn’t an aggravation.

I then gave a single dose of Belledonna 30c and he fell asleep immediately. This is always a very good sign! No more coughing until he awoke in the morning. I repeated the Belladonna first thing.

Later that afternoon, I noticed him wanting to lie down more. He was tired and said he was dizzy. I repeated the Belladonna 30c with no improvement. I re-thought the case, thought about the new symptoms and the fact that he was no longer thirsty. After consulting with Elaine, my most wonderful, thoughtful, learned and helpful homeopath…

Ahem!

…who is also reasonably-priced, I gave _______________ 30c.

He quickly improved, dizziness and fatigue subsiding. I continued for 2 days with _________30c, in water, with succussions (pounding the bottle) before each dose and he appears well. Another major cold averted!!! Thank you, homeopathy, the magic of the season is once again ours!

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So, how did we do last month? There were 8 right answers out of a total 13 votes cast. And the winner is….Yes, you guessed it, GELSEMIUM!!!!  I can’t say enough about Gelsemium… just last Saturday, I noticed that it was 1 PM and Shana was still in bed! I found this quite odd. I walked over to her bed side and saw an ice pack on the floor. This could not be a good sign because Shana only goes to get ice packs if there’s something wrong. Also, since I didn’t see her get it, it meant she got it early in the morning while I was out, meaning she had been awake for hours, not coming out, not wanting company, not complaining, so right away you have a clue as to the mental state–indifference/apathy.  I said, “What’s wrong?” She looked “not present”, dull, a bit distressed. She said her legs hurt/ached. Around here, that always means the flu! I got Gelsemium 1M right away and gave it to her. Forty-five minutes later I went back in to check on her. “Hey mom, can we go to the bookstore?” “Hey, you’re better!” I said.  Well, we never looked back! That was the end of it! Do you realize that could have been the beginning of a week-long flu? She’d have missed school, I don’t even want to think about it! Luckily, with homeopathy, you don’t have to!

When you think of Gelsemium, think of the flu; think of apathy, think of chills, thirstlessness, headache, weakness, sleepiness, shakiness, trembliness, dizziness, the “droopy-eyed” look. They may answer all your questions with, “Huh?” because they’re slightly toxic; making an effort to think is just too much for them. You may see frequent urination.

So, here are some of the comments from our readers who got the right answer:

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Dear Elaine,
The remedy given was Gelsemium, as the patient was tired, lethargic, dizzy and thirstless.
Dr. S.R.Sudarshan.

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Hi Elaine,

The remedy coming to my mind is nothing but our very special GELSEMIUM.
Its known for dullness, dizziness & thirstless with all its complaints so also is in the case.

Cheers
Shefali

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Hi Elaine,

I think the remedy is gelsemium. The tired feeling combined with thirstlessness, and vertigo shows gelsemium in bold.

God bless,
LuAnn Batt

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So, congratulations to our fantastic winners: Bonnie Kacher, Joyce Allenberg, Krauke Kuchenbecker, LuAnn Batt, Anca T., Banaras Khan, Shefali and Dr. S.R.Sudarshan.

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Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom.  Elaine takes online cases. Visit her website at: elaineLewis.hpathy.com

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at LEWRA@aol.com
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at:
https://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org

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