Case Quizes Clinical Cases

Revisiting: Inept Nursing Leads To Screaming!

Blood test. Nurse can’t find vein. Jabbing over and over again. Ouch! Did you guess the remedy? Scroll down.


Real quick I would like to get my announcements out of the way.

So that you can move on to what?  By the way, hello everybody and welcome to the Hpathy Quiz!  I’m Elaine, and this is my daughter, Shana.

Shana always kicks The Quiz off with her timely announcements about all the latest “news”.

This seems like a good time for me to mention some really exciting news.

I hope it’s not about James Taylor!

Apparently there is a documentary about the Bee Gees in production…

Or the Bee Gees.  I was so close.

…authorized by Barry and the families of Maurice and Robin.  I think that deserves a “Yay”.

Alright, “yay”, since I guess you can’t have TOO many documentaries about The Bee Gees? Apparently?

I can’t wait to find out more about it.

Shana, haven’t you already made this announcement?  And where is our picture with Andre Gardner of WMGK, whom we met today at his live broadcast in South Philly?

Mom, I’m getting to that, geeez!  Here it is now.

We look like idiots as usual!  Once again, however, Shana was able to answer the “Shanapedia Quiz Question”, which was: Which song was The Contours’ only hit?  And she correctly answered:

“Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)”.  YAY!!!!  What did you win?

Another WMGK t-shirt.  And speaking of Motown (which should probably bring Peter Dunseith, formerly of Wales, out of hiding) is that I read Berry Gordy is involved in a Motown documentary called “Hitsville”.  In April, in the US, it will air on Showtime, one of the many movie channels we have in our cable package.

Shana, don’t look now, but no one cares about our cable package!

They don’t?  Are you sure?  Also there’s apparently a Broadway show out called “Ain’t Too Proud” about The Temptations.




It’s based on Otis Williams’ book.  (I didn’t know he had a book.)

Good grief!

Still, who would’ve ever thought the Temptations would wind up in a musical?  It sounds like something that might be interesting to see.  I hope it does well and appears somewhere other than Broadway.

Yeah, like the aforementioned Showtime!

One more thing, studio musician Hal Blaine died.

He was the session drummer for Phil Spector and he can be heard on Beach Boys songs, songs by The Crystals, The Ronettes…in fact, he played on at least 40 number-1 hits!  His signature moment is on the intro to “Be My Baby”, and, in fact, it’s hard to imagine how this song makes a hit without the drum track–which is amazing as you will hear, but especially since the drum intro was botched!  Yes, it’s true! Hal’s stick got caught, and what you hear is his attempt to compensate using just one hand, and his foot on the bass pedal, and now it’s hard to imagine it any other way!  Also, once making that mistake, he had to play the same riff over and over again to make it sound like it wasn’t a mistake in the beginning; so, re-arranging as he went along… 

This is it, the unforgettable “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes!


Hal Blaine was 90 years old. RIP, Hal.

So if you’ve already read this month’s “Tidbits” (Tidbits-61)

(or will be reading it soon) you probably noticed it features a TV show called “Drake and Josh”.  I recently read in PEOPLE that the stars of the show, Drake Bell and Josh Peck, apparently have something new in the works.  I don’t know if it’s a new show about their fictional counterparts as adults, or a completely different show starring them.  Honestly, I hope it’s the former.

They’re taking a big risk!  Remember what happened with Raven’s new show where she plays an adult with children?  The children weren’t funny, and the show is all about them instead of her!  Big mistake!

I know what you mean!  “Drake and Josh” was a really good show and I’d love to see it come back. Anyone who’s never heard of it…

…and that would be everyone…

…should see this month’s “Tidbits”, check it out and try to guess their remedies.  Do we have a quiz?

Who knows!  I’m not sure what any of us is doing here!

Remember “Rosetta Stone”?

Yes, her daughter closed the trunk lid on her head!

Well, why don’t you do her son’s case?  Remember, he had to get a blood test and they couldn’t find his vein and he was screaming?

Yes, it sounds very relaxing…. Where is it?

I don’t know!  My job here is to make timely announcements, remember?

That’s your “job”?  No wonder we don’t have any money!

Mom, have something to eat, I’m sure it will turn up!

Oh, here it is, it came in a text message!


“Rosetta” has a 15 year old son who’s on some anti-psychotic drug that’s so dangerous it requires regular blood testing!  Anyway, the problem was, the nurse couldn’t find his vein and she kept poking him and jabbing him over and over again and he was screaming!  Rosetta was freaking out and crying: “I was actually saying for them to stop when she finally got it in there.  I was done.  They were hurting him and he was screaming and I was about to go all Mama Bear on them!  My husband looked at me and said he was getting ready to tell me to leave!  Elaine, what can I give him, his arm is very painful and he’s very upset.” 

I said to give him _____________ (not sure if they gave him 30C or 200C).  Rosetta texted me back:

“Gave it.  He is calmer, quiet.  Says it feels better.  Seems pretty normal.  His arm looks pretty good.  No marks or anything …. I don’t know if the school will even believe he was absent because of a blood test!”


OK, everybody, do you know what the remedy was?  Write to me at [email protected] and tell me what you think.  The answer will be in next month’s ezine.  See you then!




Ledum (2)


Hypericum (4)



Hello everybody, who wants to be first to come up and give the answer to last month’s quiz?  Oh look, it’s Neil from the UK!

Well i can think of a few remedies that could be suitable here.  Maybe Ledum for puncture wounds caused by stabbing with syringe or Staphasagria because it must feel like he’s being assaulted because of repeat stabbing or even Stramonium for the feeling of assault he’s experiencing.  Maybe he’s terrified of the needle and Aconite is needed?  Maybe he had bad veins and it wasn’t the nurse’s fault at all; some people have.  I have been at the hand of doctors like this, they are the worst at taking blood and my feeling is usually anger toward them.

In the light of the child’s sycotic nature, I’m going for Stramonium, as i think he probably felt assaulted.


Thanks Neil for the overview.  I looked at the case as “ailments from puncture wounds”, which leads us to Ledum and Hypericum; so, how to choose?  Well, Hypericum has much more pain than Ledum.  Remember, Hypericum is the remedy for getting your fingers caught in the car door?  OUCH!!!!!  So, in that context, I picked Hypericum.  Here is the repertorization I did:

The rubrics are:

Puncture wounds

Puncture wounds from painful injection

Puncture wounds from needles

Puncture wounds, pain severe


Notice first of all that Ledum and Hypericum are the only likely remedies, but also notice that under “Puncture wounds, pain severe” there is only 1 remedy listed and that remedy is — Hypericum!

I have another Hypericum puncture wound quiz that you might want to see–in fact, I think it would be a very good idea for everyone to see it:


It’s about a child who’s been injured with sharp objects, and the child is very scared and screaming and crying, and the mother gives Aconite, but it doesn’t hold.  Why?  Because it’s an emotion, and what’s higher on the Hierarchy of Symptoms than emotions?  Etiology!  And we know what the etiology is, it’s “ailments from puncture wounds”!  So this is why Hypericum works when it looks like it should be a fright or an anger case.


Is anybody else here today?

Irene is with us!

For Blood test poking, give Ledum.

Thanks, Irene.  Ledum is a good answer, especially for those black and blue marks that often surround an IV.  But when a puncture wound is especially painful, the remedy is Hypericum.


Hi Elaine…

Hey everybody, Vamsi’s in the house!!!!!

How are you doing ??

Good, thanks!

Quite a generic quiz, but very apt nowadays.  We see a lot of nurses jabbing all the time when we go for blood tests and its an irony that they’re considered “trained”.

In fact, I too had to undergo the same situation once, but unfortunately, I did not know Elaine at that point to guide me through.

Right, I’d have told you to skip the doctor’s appointment and stay home, as it’s usually a waste of time!

So, coming over to the quiz,

  1. The boy was in a state of fear, anxiety; anguish
  2. Fright the most characteristic symptom and also sensitive to touch.


I feel you must have suggested “ACONITE”.

Please let me know your invaluable inputs.


Well, Vamsi, it’s understandable that you picked Aconite, but we happen to know the etiology, and in this case it’s “Ailments From puncture wounds”, which means we’re down to two remedies: Ledum and Hypericum.  Of the two, Hypericum is more painful.  So, I picked Hypericum.


Oh Elaine….I was in two minds when I read the quiz.

  1. Should I go for the mental symptoms
  2. Or the Physical symptoms


Etiology rules the case, yes I know it from many of your earlier quizzes.  But here I was under the impression thathis fear factor was quite high.


BUT!  But, but, but, but, but!  What is at the top of the Hierarchy of Symptoms?????  Etiology!  What does that mean?  It means everything underneath it disappears!  UNLESS, there are so many remedies in the etiology rubric (“ailments from _______”) that we have to pick one or more symptoms from below to eliminate the remedies that don’t apply.  So like I said, if you’re between Ledum and Hypericum, and you don’t know how to choose, you have to look at the rest of the case and say, “What are the characteristic symptoms here?”  And what do we mean by “characteristic symptoms”?  As per paragraph 153 of the Organon : the most striking, strange, rare and peculiar symptoms.  So, I would have to say that “screaming” is the most striking symptom in the case; so, we phrase it like this: “Which ‘ailments from puncture wounds’ remedy is most likely to be screaming in pain?”  The answer is Hypericum.

Here’s what Allen’s Keynotes says about Hypericum:

“Injury to PARTS RICH IN SENTIENT NERVES–fingers, toes, matrices of nails, palms or soles–where the intolerable pain shows nerves are severely involved.”

See?  He says “intolerable pain”.  And that’s what we have here.

Moreover his mother Rosetta Stone, kept freaking out and crying and aggravating the scenario…

Yes Ledum and Hypericum ( ailments from puncture wounds) both work on injuries on nerves while Arnica works on muscles, bones and blood vessels.  Here the case is an injury to the blood vessels.

Well, hold on, we’re not given that information.  We don’t know what’s involved with causing the pain–exactly.  We’re only told he’s stabbed repeatedly because the nurse couldn’t find a vein.

Please let me know why Hypericum is suitable and Arnica’s not in this case…??

Arnica is famous for Blunt Trauma.  This is trauma from a needle or something similar.

Thanks a ton, for your wonderful answer as always.  You are so clear in your explanation.

Thanks for educating me.   Yes, as said, Hypericum rules this case.




Oh look, it’s the gang from Slovakia!

Hello Elaine and Shana,

Hi Miroslav and Jitka!

Here are our answers to the March quiz, I hope we didn’t really make it wrong this time…:)



Poor boy, I think he was relieved by Hypericum:

A rubric: “First aid, prick, sharp-wound, injections, from painful: HYPERICUM.“




I came to the same result:

Rubrics: “First aid, prick, sharp-wound, injections, from painful: HYPERICUM.“

“First aid; prick; pain, cruel    HYPERICUM”


You’re both right!  Though you seem to have a different repertory than I have.  For example, “first aid, prick, pain, cruel” I don’t have that rubric.  I think the operative word here was PAIN — from injections, “puncture wounds”.  But yes, you are right!


HI Elaine,

Hi Krista from Nebraska!

How are you doing ?

Well, I just sneezed.  And that’s about it.

When I read this quiz about Rosetta Stone’s son, I see…

– puncture wound from the needle

– fear and or pain to cause screaming

– pain in arm after shot

– upset from experience

I vote for Hypericum

Hypericum covers

– Puncture Wounds  and they are more tender than appearance would indicate

– Effects of shock and fright

– Excessive painfulness


Let me know if I missed anything or could look at it differently. Thanks again for the learning opportunity of your quizzes.


What can I say, you’re RIGHT!


Yay!  Thank you!



Hi Elaine and Shana!

Hi, Maria!

For this month’s quiz I will vote for Hypericum.

You’re right, Maria, it is Hypericum!

It could be Ledum too, though.

I’ll just pretend I didn’t hear that.


OK, I think it’s time we congratulated our winners:

Miroslav, Jitka, Krista and Maria.  Congratulations!  And thanks to all who voted!  See you again in May…


Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

Elaine takes online cases (and animal cases too!)

Write to her at [email protected]

Visit her website:

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
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: and

About the author

Shana Lewis

Shana spices up the Hpathy Quiz with her timely announcements and reviews on the latest in pop culture. Her vast knowledge of music before her time has inspired the nickname: "Shanapedia"!

Leave a Comment