Adam's Journey

Homeopathic Healing of Autism

Miasm Round One – Psorinum

Woo hoo!  On to the miasms people!  ISN’T THIS EXCITING?!?!?!

*cricket*  *cricket*

Nothing?

No?

That’s OK.  Just bear with my enthusiasm.  🙂

Maybe it would help if I reminded you what miasmic treatment is all about.  Basically this involves treating Adam for any chronic diseases he may inherited from Jon and I.  Samuel Hahnemann, the founding father of homeopathy believed that “the true natural chronic diseases are those that arise from a chronic miasm, when left to themselves, improper treatment, go on to increase, growing worse and torment the patient to the end of his life.”  (78 Organon).  Miasmic treatment is a long process and can take a year or more to complete but if there’s anything we have, it’s plenty of time.

As I understand it, there are only a handful of specific miasms but they can cause an assortment of diseases depending on how it manifests within the patient.  For example, if the psora miasm is present in your family genetic line you might have relatives with the following ailments:  absesses, boils, bronchitis, connective tissue diseases, depression, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, scabies, etc.  It is a homeopath’s job to dig a little in your family history and find all the skeletons in the closet (so to speak).  It’s obvious that the psora miasm is present in my genetic line.  Both my sister and I have psoriasis and my niece has scleroderma (a connective tissue disease).  Thus, it makes sense that Adam’s first miasmic treatment was for psora.  The psora remedy is called Psorinum and it comes it powdered form just like the trauma remedies.

Within the first couple of days of starting his powders, Adam’s verbal skills took another leap. He started talking ALL THE TIME. Still is his garbled sometimes-only-we can-interpret-kid-speak but nonetheless the sentences were flowing seamlessly.   Some recent ones that come to mind are: “Pink car in house,” “This piece go here,” and “Mom sit down come play.”   The real gem was returning home one day after an appointment and having Adam race up the stairs yelling “Mommy! Mommy!” He leapt right into my arms with a big smile plastered on his face.

However, as with every other phase of treatment we also saw signs of Adam’s healing reaction.  Like the others, they were both physical and emotional in nature.

Healing Reaction Observations:

  • Once again, we saw parasites in his diaper.  It always seems that we see them for a couple of days and then they disappear again.  Maybe, the parasites are only expelled during the thick of Adam’s healing reactions?
  • Irritability and increased anxiety over leaving the house.  For a couple of days, Adam didn’t want to leave the house and he was showing great anxiety over getting in the truck.  If we were going out as a family, he would worry that we were not leaving together (he would follow me and whimper “Coming mom?” over and over if I didn’t look ready to leave).  A couple of times, Adam didn’t want to go to daycare and tried to leave once we arrived.
  • Aside from the red anal ring which has seemingly been present for awhile, a rash has developed near his thigh that is circular, red and raised (about a quarter inch in diameter).  Our homeopath suspects he might be expressing ringworm (which I had also done during the course of my own treatment).
  • Tired.  Slept in one morning past 10:00 and had a couple of naps during the day.
  • Regressive behaviours.  Adam had a couple of days where he seemed a little more regressive in his behaviours.  While at speech, his therapist tried to get Adam to look at a book filled with cartoon illustrations of kids.  When she could sense his frustration she pulled out a boy and girl cutout and tried to get him to put clothing cut-outs on him.  Making eye-contact with “people drawings” continues to be difficult for Adam and I knew the therapist was unknowingly setting him up for failure.  He looked at me, on the verge of tears and said “Go home.”  He was also waving bye to the therapist and inching towards the door.  When we tried to distract him with other play suggestions, he threw himself to the floor kicking and screaming.  Luckily we were able to salvage the session by drawing some roads on the wall-size dry-erase board and letting Adam drive his matchbox cars on them.  This same day, I noticed a lot of squinting and increased rocking behaviour.  He even climbed up on the TV unit to watch his cartoons from the side of the TV with his face pressed up against it.  The next week, I brought him to speech again even though he clearly expressed some concern about going.  He was fine in the waiting room but once his therapist arrived, Adam bolted for the door and I had to carry him into the therapy room kicking and screaming.  I tried my best to console him and distract him with the fun toys the therapist had brought into the room for him (bless her heart, she brought in cars and trucks and trains to make up for upsetting him week before).  However, Adam was totally inconsolable.  His eyes were shut and his body was rigid; when he opened his eyes for a brief second I noticed they were completely bloodshot.  I don’t think I had seen Adam this upset since our trip to Sudbury and he got upset over a change in plans.  I wasn’t sure what to do so I flicked the light switch and the room went completely dark.  Almost immediately, Adam’s body relaxed and the tantrum was over.  We were able to proceed with the therapy session in the dark, though we turned on the light in the adjoining observation room to illuminate things just enough to see each other and the toys.

Developmental Gains:

  • Adam underwent another speech assessment and the speech pathologist determined that his vocalizations have progressed well enough that we no longer need to use PECS (picture exchange communication system).  Yay!!!
  • Sentences are growing longer and being used more frequently.  In the last few weeks, his language seems to have gotten more fluid.  For example, we don’t have to say “Bye Adam” three times before he responds with his own “Bye.”  We can actually have small conversations with Adam with relative ease.  For example, here’s an actual conversation that took place a few days ago:  Adam: “Mcqueen and Chick Hicks?”  Me:  “Are you looking for Mcqueen and Chick Hicks?”  Adam: “Yes.”  Me: “Where are they?” Adam: “In bed.”  Me:  “Well here’s Chick Hicks but I can’t find McQueen.  Where is he?”  Adam:  “Check under pillow.”
  • More frequent use of “I,” “my,” “mine.”
  • Singing songs ALL THE TIME.
  • Going to bed early.  Adam’s nighttime hyperactivity seems to have gone away (at least temporarily).  By 7:30 or 8:00 he usually announces that it’s “time for bed” and once he’s tucked in, he’s stays there all night long.  No more getting out of bed ten times before falling asleep!
  • Play is becoming more elaborate.  One afternoon, I lay down for a rest and Adam was content to play for an hour all by himself.  I could hear him making sounds while he was playing (maybe words too but I couldn’t hear that well).  When I got up I found him playing with his Disney matchbox cars and there were toys set up all over the place (including a leggo tunnel).  It was as though he was acting out some type of imaginary scenario with his cars.  Since that moment I’ve heard him playing again and he is DEFINITELY talking to his toys while playing.
  • Growing independence.  Adam has developed a “do it myself” mentality.  He wants to undress himself before bath, take off/put on his own shoes, button his own buttons, etc.  Once again, I think this is a developmental milestone so it’s thrilling that we’ve notched another one off the list.  🙂
  • Adam has become quite fond the computer and will sit there typing out the alphabet or numbers from 1 – 20.  He’s even started transcribing words from his DVD cases onto the computer proclaiming “I do it myself!” when he’s done.
  • Adam’s learned his days of the week.  God bless that daycare.  🙂

Perhaps the greatest gain is that people outside of the family are starting to notice the changes in Adam and we are frequently hearing “He’s doing sooooo well!”  It’s like music to my ears.  Happy, bust a move type music.  Wearing sweat pants and cleaning the house type music.  You know what I’m talking about.

And so my friends, one round ends and another begins.

Looking forward to the music to come.  😉

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Whoops! One Last Trauma…

So….

We were supposed to be embarking on Adam’s first miasm treatment but he sustained another traumatic event before our consult.  Adam had been going through this mischievous phase of getting into EVERYTHING.  Whenever a parental back was turned he was using the opportunity to climb onto the counter and inspect the cupboards or pulling open drawers to play with their contents.  One day, he attempted to climb the dresser in our bedroom since a few of the drawers were slighty pulled out.  The result was that the whole unit fell down on top of him luckily sparing his head which Jon found poking out the top when he raced in to find what happened.  Adam didn’t seem to suffer any major injuries but he had a good cry and no doubt it was a scary moment for him.  Our homeopath decided we should treat him for this trauma before starting the first round of miasms.

During our consultation, I also mentioned some of Adam’s recent behaviours and our homeopath decided Adam needed an additional remedy.  His behaviours included: dropping things on purpose, endless energy, climbing EVERYTHING (counters, dressers, the ledge behind the couch – scary!), peeing in the tub or just outside on the bathrug, extreme sensitivity around crying children or sad characters on the TV, making mischief and not responding remorsefully to our correction.  In a nutshell, he had become quite the hand full.  Our homeopath suggested trying the remedy veratrum and if it wasn’t successful to try hyoscyamus.

After his first dose of veratrum, Adam seemed cranky and whiny having mild crying spells over small mishaps. On a shopping trip he seemed almost spacey – staring off at nothing in particular as if he were hallucinating.  His red cheeks also reappeared and I saw worms in his wet diapers after not seeing anything for a month.  He also seemed to have more hyperactive spells at night whereas for several weeks prior he was putting himself to bed around 8 PM.  While he was taking the veratrum, we also started the timeline powders for the “dresser incident.”  He contined to take both sets of powders concurrently.

This time, most of his healing reaction was behavioural in nature (cranky, moody, impatient).  However, we did notice some cheek rash (with small pimple-like eruptions) and a return of diarrhea after a couple of weeks of more formed stools.

Positive developments:

  • The daycare program has started up again and Adam is going willingly.  No more dragging him through the door in tears.  Yay!  In comparison to the spring, Adam has made great progress at the daycare.  He follows the other kids, transitions well between activities and (saving the best for last) his resource worker Kathy said “I feel like I don’t even need to be here!’  🙂
  • Adam seems to have discovered his musical side and he’s started singing songs.  In the past, he seemed to not enjoy music AT ALL.  He would “tolerate” some music but other songs (like Happy Birthday) would visibily upset him.  Now he seems to actually enjoy them!  We even discovered he’s learned the alphabet.  One day, he just started singing it!
  • Counting EVERYTHING.  He seems to love numbers and letters.
  • He seems less visually sensitive.  There’s not as much squinting or “hand binoculars.”
  • Starting to speak in small sentences:  “Mom go for a walk”, “I found it!” (after looking for a missing toy), “I did it!” (twirling spaghetti on his fork)
  • The veratrum seems to have reduced the behaviours we were noticing prior to this round of treatment.  I’m actually able to sit down and get some rest without having to circumvent his michievous plans every 5 minutes.  It’s been WEEKS since I’ve had to clean up broken eggs on the floor or wipe vaseline off his hands and THAT makes for one happy mamma!
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