Take your seats, class and please welcome our dear friend Kelly Young!
As you know, last month’s quiz involved Kelly’s son who had a virus of some sort. Let’s revisit the case to refresh our memories. Take it away, Kelly!
To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – Mommy, Are You Coming Home?
Thanks, Kelly. OK, so, how did we do? Roughly 25 of you wrote in with your votes, and here they are now:
Rhus tox, Nat-mur, Causticum, Rumex (3), Phosphorus (7), Gelsemium (2), Arsenicum, Aconite (4), Silica, Chamomilla, Capsicum and Bryonia, Apis.
And the winner is …. Marsha Karzmer, Clare Thornley, Dr. Sridevi Singaram, Cheekala Sujatha, Irene Rutter, Nooshin Azadi and Claude Lainesse for “Phosphorus, Phosphorus!” Accepting the award in India is Cheekala Sujatha:
“Thank you! At the outset, I am thrilled to note that I have hit the bull’s eye in my very first attempt! In the case, the symptoms of wanting cold water, cough worse talking, and change of weather aggravates are important peculiar rubrics that point us to the remedy, and if we look into it, it covers all the other symptoms like oedema of the eyelids, restlessness, chilly, hoarse, pale face, etc. as well. I am a housewife and a mother of two young children. I am an Indian living in Kuwait. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and a Masters Diploma in Computers. I am a novice in homeopathy, but I have a great passion for it and my life’s ambition is to master it and serve the poorest of the poor in India.”
I probably couldn’t have said it better, but I’ll try! Here’s the key rubric in this case that practically solves it itself: From Murphy’s Repertory–
Food: cold drinks, water, desires fever, during (Desires cold drinks during fever)
There are only three remedies! Bryonia (and we know it can’t be Bryonia because the patient is restless and Bryonia prefers to lie still), Phosphorus and Tuberculinum. Tuberculinum simply does not cover the case. I repertorized the following:
Cough: dry, cough fever, during
Larynx: hoarse, coryza during
Fever: thirst with
Mind: dullness, fever during
Cough: talking agg.
Eyes: discoloration, blue circles
Food: cold drinks, water, desires fever, during
Environment: weather, change of, agg.
Mind: restlessness, fever, during
Phosphorus came up #1. Tuberculinum wasn’t even in the top 20. As a matter of fact, when you see thirst for ice cold drinks in any acute case, think of Phosphorus right away. It’s the main remedy for this. It’s not the only remedy, though. Veratrum alb. is a possibility if there’s great prostration, diarrhea and/or vomiting plus cold perspiration. In Phosphorus, you frequently see chest symptoms–coughing, bronchitis, pneumonia, colds that go to the chest. Arsenicum has thirst for cold drinks, but only for sips at a time, which is to say, the Arsenicum person might take one sip and put the cup down. Arsenicum is also quite prostrated and will probably have diarrhea with the fever. I ignored the “wanting mom to come home” part of the case because it’s common. Any child under the circumstances would want his mother to come home. However, if he had been indifferent to his mother’s whereabouts, not caring, this would be very significant, possibly leading to a consideration for Gelsemium or Baptisia. OK, gang, now go to this month’s quiz, and I’ll see you back here in April!