09/20/2010 “Doctor, Doctor”

Lizzy frustrated 09 20 2010

After last night’s entry on the blog site. Lizzy woke up screaming. The back of her neck had 3 raised bumps and was very red. I applied some Sting Stop which works very well. Not this time. As I tried to assess what was causing it she was screaming her head off and bucking like a bronco. This little chick is really strong, so no easy task. Trying to see her neck and avoid getting hit in the head is no easy task. YEE HAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guessed poison ivy. Checked online. Yahtzee! The rash looked identical. Gabriel also had some redness on his lower legs from romping outside and it looked the same.

Ran to my homeopathic remedies only to find I did not have the remedy required. Rhus toxicodendron is the one needed.  It is made from poison ivy. Okay now what? Next step, found online that baking soda helps tremendously. Made a paste and applied it. Left on her skin for about 20 minutes. During this entire time she is screaming with all she had. Baking soda supposedly pulls the poison ivy out. Followed that by a warm bath and warm compresses to the site. I slowly removed the baking soda, dried her off and applied Caladryl lotion. I also gave her a Benadryl to stop the itch. Within 10 minutes she was playing in her room as usual.

Lizzy Girl 09 20 2010

The site looks 70% better than last night. Hopefully it will continue to heal and we won’t have anymore outbreaks.

Where did it come from? I read that a lady got poison ivy from her cat who rubbed up against her. Possible. Gabriel, Willy and their friend James go romping through the nature path playing Robin Hood. Another possibility. Regardless, the little girl does not understand what is happening to her. On an up side she was saying “Doctor, doctor.” Which means she needs help and wants it to go away.

Lizzy slept well and we had a pretty good day. The screaming had kicked in off and on. Her appetite was good and she spent more time in her room today than usual. When she does not feel well she hangs out up in her room more often. Don’t we all. The poor chick. She is just out of sorts. Again.

As of 915 pm she is up in her room again in bed. May peace reign in the kingdom once more. Tomorrow is a new day and prayerfully I hope that it goes smoothly.

Sweet Dreams!

09 18 2010 and 09 19 2010 All Is Quiet on the Winter Front

Hello all. Well as stated above all is quiet on the winter front. Lizzy has been doing really well. Screaming is low and we are have been out of the trenches for the last 48 hours.

If you are familiar with this movie it tells the story of world war I soldiers and how these poor guys were effected by being in the trenches and effects of war. Remember the term shell shock? Well these guys would have to deal with a heavy onslaught for incredible amounts of time and many succumbed to its effects.

I feel this way at times. One just does not know how much more you can take. The constant barrage of screaming and grunting wears on a persons nerves, just like these poor guys. I know that their experience was far worse than ours. But when I watch this movie I get a small notion as to what they felt. No escape and no knowledge of when it may end.

As I said before we have had a respite for the last 48 hours and I am still hearing it in the back of mind. My emotions still waiting for it to hit again. How awful it was for those poor fellows. I find myself being more tense now that it has stopped. Prayerfully I hope that Lizzy will continue to be very content and comfortable. God willing, all will remain quiet for a long time.

Lizzy's Haircut 09 18 2010

Lizzy went for a hair cut on Saturday and it went really well. All was quiet. Her hairdresser Andy is very compassionate and considerate of Lizzy’s needs. We only had one moment when Lizzy wanted to get down. Todd and I reminded her that it was time to sit and she cooperated once again.

Wanting to get off the chair 09 18 2010

While sitting in the chair Lizzy looked at herself in the mirror and said, “salon.”

She is plugging in information in the proper context. I love this stuff. Very encouraging to me.

As we left the salon I asked Lizzy if she wanted some fries. She replied, “McDonalds.” I did not know she remembered the word or the place. We do not go there at all anymore but I wanted to encourage the communication.  So off we went. Hopefully we will not pay the price later with her behavior. Our first homeopath would say that when you are on the right homeopathic remedies diet does not affect one as much. I believe that she is correct. Time will tell. So far all is still quiet on the winter front.

After we picked up lunch I was observing Lizzy while we drove back home. She was looking out the window and observing all that we passed. She was turning around to look at certain things that caught her eye and I could see her expressions changing as she observed. Very good sign! In the past she would stare out the window with a blank look on her face. Not this time. Way to go Lizzy!

The evening progressed and we all enjoyed a nice dinner together. All regular nightly activities took place with ease.  Her behavior was the same on Sunday. Thank you God!

As of 1125pm Sunday she is out for the night. Sweet dreams Lizzy Girl. I hope and pray that all remains quiet on the winter front.

Howard 09 2010

Sleep deprivation is my only obstacle today. I am awake and nervous tonight. The poor guys in the trenches mentioned above must have been up against the same. Todd has volunteered to get up with Howard tonight and I am here typing away at 1130pm. Oh man! Even when one is given a respite from daily challenges our own emotions undermine the gift. Dear God give me strength.

I need to go see Dori Vallis and our osteopath for myself real soon.  Boy do I need it! When doing homeopathic recovery for your children I strongly advise parents to be on homeopathic remedies also. In enables the parents to understand how it feels and works. Plus one can get support for their own issues. May the quiet continue.

Sweet dreams and Good Night All!