So, my little allergy problem turned into a big problem. By Sunday morning at 5 am I was in the ER, getting shots of adrenaline, being pumped full of steroids and antihistamines and anything else they could think of to throw at me. It seems that I am having a severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic I was taking for a UTI, something called Levaquin.
And despite taking a million drugs and using a zillion creams, the only thing that even slightly helped me was the adrenaline shot. I am covered in the most miserable, itchy burning rash. My eyes are swelling, my lips are swelling and even my throat was swelling.
Since none of this stuff is working this morning I started googling homeopathic remedies. It was easy enough to google up something that might help, but try buying it in St Louis. You can forget about it. I called health food stores, Whole Paycheck, even Weleda to see if anyone sells it here. In the end, I have had to pay to have it overnighted to me.
It seems like more and more I find myself turning to homeopathic remedies as Western medicine seems to be failing me. And I find myself floundering. A lot. What to buy? Where to buy it? When to buy it?
St Louis is not really a cutting edge type of place. Call and ask for a homeopathic rash remedy and they will tell you to put some aloe on it.
I thought maybe someone out there has more experience with this than I might have, or maybe you have a few things you keep on hand that you would like to share?
What we have tried with success around our house so far includes: Hylands teething tablets
, for when Jack was a teething baby Neti Pot
for allergies combined with this sinus and respiratory stuff
when it is really bad. (I have been able to entirely quit using all sudafed, zyrtec and prescription nasal sprays since I started this. And honestly? I have never felt better.)
I periodically use a probiotic
for digestive issues. It works WAY better than all that immodium stuff. arnica gel
for all manner of ailments, from bumps and bruises to my current itching. (It is actually slowing the itching down, a lot more than gobs of cortisone cream was). This stuff is AMAZING on bumps on kiddos. Weleda Diaper creme
for when Jack was a babe
I usually wear a piece of amber
every day. Cystex
for UTI's. Ordinarily this stuff works really well, I just got slammed hard last week.
And I am waiting on Weleda to send me this burn care
for the rash. I think the urtica urens will help with the Urticaria
currently driving me insane.
I know plenty of people are thinking about things like not using chemical shampoos and deodorants, avoiding plastics and buying organic foods. Medicine has to fit in there too, right?
Have any books you like to use that we might find helpful? Websites? Something in your own medicine cabinet worth recommending? Maybe you have been using a doctor that uses homeopathy as well as traditional medicine? Maybe you already have a good homeopathic first aid kit at the ready? (I would love to have one of those.)
In the meantime, I will be scarce for a few days as I am about to be driven completely mad by the itching. If you see a crazy lady with red rashy eyeballs crying about the itching, that will be me. LOL
(The photos: Jack spelling with food; a new nature tray complete with feathers, cicada shells, eggs and umbrellas (after reading Soulemama's Creative Family book); this year's Christmas in July tree, complete with paper parasols that Jack went CRAZY over.)