To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – A Horrifying Headachy Hoo-hah!
Well, guess what? Nobody won!!!! I see a lot of people got that it was “ailments from the sun”, that’s good, because that’s what it was! But, that’s a pretty big rubric, apparently. Here’s my repertorization:
Belladonna is the clear winner! Do you know how you can tell it’s Belladonna? Belladonna complaints are violent, sudden, desperate and often the clue lies in how you, the parent, feel! Look at how Claire felt: she reports running downstairs, grabbing things, shaking the bottle frantically, not waiting for the remedy pellets to melt (even though they didn’t really need to; but, she thought they did!); what does this show? That in a Belladonna case, the care-giver is often in a panic reacting to the illness! Clearly, Claire was! When your child has a Belladonna event, you’re going to feel like you have to do something FAST! Notice the words she used: Crazed, Panicked, Excruciating, Writhing, Teeth-Gnashing, Unbearable…. You get the idea. You’re going to feel desperate to help, to find a solution immediately! So, pay attention to how YOU feel when taking someone else’s case; clearly, you’re not going to feel this way with a stuporous Gelsemium patient or a prostrated Arsenicum patient; and, some patients, though they may also be in pain and screaming, will NOT make you feel desperate to help, but, rather, angry and fed up, as you might feel with the Chamomilla child. I should add that Belladonna is in bold for “Headaches from the Sun” and also, Belladonna is in the rubric “Headaches: touch, pain from”. So, I think this was the context in which the child was rejecting “consolation”–she did not want to be touched; it wasn’t so much the Nat-mur “consolation aggravates”, it was more of a physical thing. Belladonna has hyperesthesia of all senses; in other words, all stimulation seems too intense.
So, there you have it Dr. B, no winners this month. Maybe we’ll have better luck in January! See you in 2012, everybody!