Adam's Journey

Homeopathic Healing of Autism

Adam’s Sequential Treatment (Phase Four – MMR and Men. C vaccines)

on February 1, 2011

So after taking a brief Christmas hiatus from our homeopathic treatments, I had a phone consultation with my homeopath on January 5th.  I told her that I had been sporting a crusty pink eye for several days and Adam’s nose was running like a faucet (his eye was looking a little crusty as well).  Monique told us that once our bodies get into a cycle of deep healing we will undergo healing reactions every few weeks whether we’ve been taking remedies or not.  Very interesting indeed!  I am fascinated by all the stuff I’m learning, being a new-comer to the world of homeopathy and all.  Adam’s nose did in fact stop running the very next day which is typical for your run-of-the-mill healing reaction.  They are often short lived compared to common colds.

January 9, 2011:

So, as of today Adam has received three of his five powders for treating his MMR and Men. C vaccines.  In many people’s opinion, the MMR vaccine is labelled as one of the main triggers of autism;  some children come in with a loaded “autism gun” and the MMR vaccine pulls the trigger.  Looking back, I try to remember when Adam’s “autistic” behaviours started (the rocking, the lack of eye contact, social disconnect, etc.) and I can’t remember when they first presented themselves.  It’s funny though that I have several pictures during his first year where he makes eye contact with the camera and then they start disappearing after his first birthday.  I wish I could travel back in time and just observe him as a baby again.  I do have a couple of videos (one of which is him learning to crawl) and he seems to be pretty engaged with me.  Whatever.  I don’t want to get caught up in the nonsense of trying to figure this all out.  All we can do is move forward.    

Anyhow, here we are three days into the treatment and I want to mention the following:

  • Adam appears to be developing a conscience.  Remember how I mentioned that he would just laugh at any reprimand from me or Jon?  Well, the other night he received a stern “Noooo!” after pitching one of his match-box cars at Jon’s head.  Adam immediately burst into a sad cry and after a few minutes tried to make peace with Jon by requesting he kiss the car that was thrown at him.  The night before, Adam had also cried after being reprimanded for spilling his chips all over the floor (He wanted to keep his bowl of chips on the couch WHILE he jumped on it and I was insisting that he keep his bowl on the coffee table.  After a brief tug-of-war the bowl ended up on the floor).  He even followed me around wailing while I swept up the mess and wanted to be picked up and consoled when I was done.  This is a far cry from him laughing maniacally at us. 
  • You’ll remember that Adam learned to say “Uh oh” over the Christmas holidays.  Well, now he says it like 500 times a day.  I can only imagine the chatterbox he’ll become when he learns a word or two 🙂 .
  • Adam’s fears seem to be magnified right now.  He’s never been scared on the typical kid fears (i.e. the dark, water, dogs, people in costumes, clowns, public washrooms – oh wait, those last few were MY fears  🙂  ).  However, we discovered that Adam is scared of McDonald’s and more importantly its P-L-A-Y-L-A-N-D.  Thinking back to the last few times we were there, I can recall that Adam was a little agitated and did not want to stay in the Playland.  He made every attempt to bolt once the door was opened.  We hadn’t been to McDonald’s in awhile but this past weekend, Adam started crying as soon as we pulled up, cried the whole way walking in and then REALLY started crying once inside.  He was pointing at the door as if to say “OUT!”  Poor thing.  After a short discussion we left and went to Wendy’s for lunch where Adam was cool as a cucumber.  He could sit in Wendy’s and eat fries for hours.  He even scarfed down a whole burger before we could take the patty out of the bun.  I think he earned that gluten-ridden treat though 😉 .  Adam is also scared of certain TV shows namely – Thomas the Tank Engine, Mister Maker and Wonderpets.  Sometimes, he can watch a little bit (always cautiously by peeking around a corner) but right now the sight of ANY of these shows throws him into a major panic and he cries (even trembles sometimes) until the TV is turned off.
  • He’s still head-banging.  He used to do this a looooong time ago when he was upset or angry but ever since we started the homeopathic treatments he’s been head banging pretty much daily, just a couple of knocks at least a few times a day.  He doesn’t seem to reserve it for just when he’s angry or sad either.  I’ve seen him do when he’s happy as a clam.
  • He’s still looking at objects (mostly toys) from odd angles.   For example, just the other day he pressed a book right up against his face and pulled it slowly upwards.

January 12, 2011:

Yesterday was a pretty typical day.  Adam took his last powder, played happily all morning then went down for a nap around 2PM.  He woke up and seemed fine but he cried and fussed a little when it was supper time (he’s normally happy to climb up into his high chair and get some grub).  He ate quite a bit but then vurped (vomit burped).  It didn’t seem like a sick barf so I wiped it up and offered him a popsicle which he took about two licks of then threw it on the floor.  Later on, I gave him a bath and when I took him out he was shivering quite violently.  About 10 minutes later he barfed again.  This one was bigger.  He laid on the couch for most of the evening and then wanted to go to bed early.  This is a clear indication he’s not feeling good if he wants to go to bed early even though he napped in the afternoon.  I heard him coughing a little through the monitor.  

Adam woke up this morning feeling warm and he’s currently parked on the sofa.  Could be a healing reaction?  He was thirsty so I offered him juice and he pretty much chugged it.  I also made him some toast but he took one look at it and heaved a couple of times.

January13 2011:

So, I never finished that post from yesterday because Adam and I became so ill that we literally couldn’t move.  I was feeling pretty good yesterday morning but I had popped an Advil shortly after waking up because I had a headache.  Oh boy, when that Advil wore off I was a wreck.  Both Adam and I went to rest in our beds around 11:30 AM.  I fell asleep, woke up around 12:30 and literally couldn’t move for the next hour.  Luckily there was a knock at the door so I forced myself to go answer it and took an Advil before returning to bed.  Adam must have been feeling just as awful because he didn’t emerge from his crib until 7:30 PM.  He just lay there all day and dozed on and off.  Adam and I both had fevers, chills and loss of appetite.  If he felt anything like me he also had a headache and general body aches and pains.  Adam also had an explosive, foul smelling diarrhea that was dark brown and watery with some solid chunks as Jon described it.  I was too sick to even look at it. 

Typically, you can expect a healing reaction anywhere from 7-10days ater taking a remedy so this reaction seemed a bit premature (Adam had taken his last powder the day before).  I emailed our homeopath that evening and she confirmed that it sounded like a healing reaction.  Apparently they can happen sooner because if your body was ready to start processing the next trauma; it starts processing right away (otherwise it may take a few extra days).  I’ll admit that I get confused over whether the remedies are causing these bouts of illness or whether we just caught a virus or flu.  I figure if Jon and Em don’t end up with similar symptoms then this was indeed healing reactions and NOT the flu. 

January 14, 2011:

Adam and I were still not 100% yesterday and spent a lot of time on bed/couch rest.  We were definitely moving around a lot more so that’s a pretty big improvement.  The mucous is flowing now.  Mostly snot.  It’s not a good look for either of us 😉

Today, Adam’s emotions were running high.  EVERYTHING made him cry.  Couldn’t fit the puzzle pieces together, cry.  Train falls apart, cry.  Doesn’t like what’s on TV, cry.  Seriously, he was sensitive over everything.  He cried because he was sad, he cried because he was frustrated, he cried because he was angry.  Cry, cry, cry, cry, cry.  That was today.  I have a cute little story though.  When Jon and I were eating dinner (leftover hamburgers from the night before), Adam wandered into the kitchen and pointed at the cupboards.  Usually that only means one thing – cookie.  So we asked him if he wanted a cookie and what does he do?  Cry.  Jon picks him up and he points to the ketchup bottle.  “Adam do you want ketchup?”  Adam nods yes.  What does he mean he wants ketchup???  Adam walks into the kitchen and points on the counter.  I thought he wanted a banana so I gave him one and he immediately threw it on the floor and cried.  But he was still pointing at the counter- to the bag of hamburger buns perhaps?  “Adam, do you want a hamburger?”  Adam nods yes.  The kid wants a hamburger!!  Unfortunately, Jon and I ate the last two burgers so Jon went out to Wendy’s.  The poor kid has barely eaten in three days!!  He’s clearly earned this burger too 😉

January 16th, 2011:

After a couple of days of appearing to be “on the mend”, Adam is a couch potato once again.  His fever is back and he gets these fits of dry coughing spells.  There’s only one word to describe him accurately.  Pathetic.  He hasn’t touched a toy in a day in a half and he barely eats a thing (a bite here, a bite there).  He just lays there and slips in and out of sleep.  He’s happy to slouch up against someone though so Jon and I have been taking advantage of these opportunities to cuddle him and kiss him for extended periods of time.

January 23, 2011:

Haven’t blogged in a week.  Jon ended up getting really sick this week so I’m left wondering where the healing reaction came into play or whether we all caught a virus or flu.

We took Adam to his grandparent’s house for lunch today and he was quite the Mr. Personality.  I caught myself staring at him, just watching because there’s something different about him but I just can’t put it into words.  My mother-in-law used the term “more aware” which I agreed with.  It’s like he’s becoming a little “more aware” of himself and other people all the time.  Like he’s waking up from a long sleep 😉

On the behaviour front, we haven’t really observed anything too difficult.  He’s still crying a lot but it’s usually short-lived and he allows me to pick him up and comfort him – which I must admit I’m LOVING.  He’s been sleeping in his big boy race car bed for the past few nights which leaves me wondering if he’s done with his crib for good.  He sleeps very soundly in it and I’ve realized that I don’t remember the last time he face-bounced himself off his pillow to fall asleep.  Bouncing or quickly rocking himself back and forth were necessary to help him fall asleep and I know that this behaviour was observed as disturbing to most people outside our immediate family.  Now he just calmly lays on his pillow or GENTLY rocks himself to sleep.  This is a glorious development!!

REALITY CHECK:  I still observed him face-bouncing on the couch so I’m aware this behaviour has not completely disappeared.  It just seems to be dimishing.

January 24th, 2011:

Adam slept 14 hours last night.  I’ve actually noticed that he’s been sleeping A LOT these past couple of weeks.  I like the idea though that his body might be repairing/regenerating itself while he’s sleeping.

I’ve noticed that his poops are less regular right now.  He had a big dark brown, tar-like poop today.  It was hard to wipe off his skin.

Adam is very bossy with MY time these days.  If I should even disappear into another room for a few minutes he marches right in and gestures for me to come back into the living room.  At first I thought he needed my help or wanted to show me something but no.  He just wants me there 😉

January 31, 2011:

Another several days have passed without blogging.  Adam officially turned three on January 27th and we had a small “Lightning McQueen” themed party for him.  He seemed slightly overwhelmed by all the fuss and would periodically retreat to the couch and rock for a few seconds.  We also opted NOT to sing “Happy Birthday” when we brought out the cake.  Last year it upset him to the point of crying so I tested it out before the party and discovered he still doesn’t like it.  Adam is funny when it comes to music; some songs he “tolerates” (I wouldn’t say he actually enjoys it) and other songs seem to upset him.

Today we’re starting our next phase of treatment so I should wrap up this post.  Here’s some of the developments we’ve noticed:

  • Adam seems to be expressing himself a lot more verbally.  He actually started using “dare” for “there” which is something we’ve heard in the past but he’s been using it more frequently (multiple times a day) and I’m starting to hear the word “go.”  He still uses “yarrrr” to indicate anything “yucky” or “messy.” 
  • Over the weekend, we took him to a play gym and he actually joined the group of kids during the warm-up and followed some of the leader’s instructions (namely, jumping and running on the spot).  Obviously this is behaviour we wouldn’t have expected since Jon and I automatically exchanged glances.
  • Adam now points out his baby cousins when we ask where they are.  He’s starting to recognize them as people.  He even shared a toy with one!
  • Adam seems to be increasingly calmer and less frustrated.  He is following our instruction much more readily instead of always trying to run off and do his own thing.
  • Adam is showing empathy and cries whenever his sister cries.  It’s actually pretty sweet to watch him try and hold back his tears to no avail.  He clearly does not like to see his sister upset.

2 responses to “Adam’s Sequential Treatment (Phase Four – MMR and Men. C vaccines)

  1. briannalomba says:

    I know this is an old post, but wanted to tell you that many parents who do CEASE say that they have caught the virus related to the vaccine that their child was clearing…so maybe you caught what he was shedding? Did you ever come to a conclusion on this? Also…my son has the same issue with songs…certain ones drive him nuts..ex: if your happy and you know it. On his 2nd birthday he cried and held his hands over his ears for “Happy Birthday”… Luckily he is ok with it now, but we have to keep our enthusiasm in check whenever singing, ha!

    • livelymom says:

      Oh that’s too funny! Yeah, Adam will still only tolerate certain songs and while HE seems to enjoy singing them he still doesn’t like us singing along with him. Maybe he’s just brutally honest and we have no talent. 😉

      You know, I never really found out what happend here. I’m doing powders at the same time as the kids so it’s not unusal for us to all have healing reactions at the same time but it does seem weird when our symptoms are identical.

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