Thursday, January 27, 2011

Allergies, Asthma, and Strep, Oh My!

Well, we took another trip to the doctor today. We, meaning my son and I. He has had a fever, chills, body aches, etc. for four days now. I thought on Tuesday he was getting better, his fever even disappeared for the afternoon and night and he was, definitely, perking up. Anyway, Wednesday rolled around and his fever came back? I didn't know what to do with that so I thought we'd play the waiting game and see what the day transpired. Our youngest had the same symptoms over the weekend but she came out of the worst of it in a day and a half, so I just figured it was the flu. Anyway, we woke up this morning and he was not any better and started complaining of his stomach hurting too, which usually means strep for him. I'd been checking his tonsils and they didn't look too bad, meaning they were red and swollen, but no white spots on them. Took him to the doctor and he tested positive for strep. I'm so frustrated.

I think my frustration stems from the inability to stop these infections. I know I'm not God, I just don't understand how one child can get strep, take medication, recover and never get it again. And then you have my son who gets it, takes the medication, then gets it again, and again, and yet again. This is like his sixth strep infection in about 8, almost 9, months. He is a good candidate for a tonsilectomy. And still I hesitate. I don't know I just feel like in my gut that there has to be a better way. I'm not sure what that is. But I know when I started this journey, years ago some of the many books I read changed my whole viewpoint on health, medicine, and treatment. I've been reading one such book lately and it's called Healing the New Childhood Epidemics Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies, The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A disorders by Kenneth Bock, M.D. and Cameron Stauth. You can check it out by clicking on the title. This is not an affiliate link, I don't make any money by you ordering this through my blog. It's been great so far, confirming, to me that there can be a different approach to that which ails my son and myself, also. Basically, in the book Dr. Bock talks about his experience effectively treating many children that have one of the "4A" disorders. (He, also, talks openly about failed attempts too). Each patient has an individual treatment plan and he talks about using dietary changes, prescription medications, vitamins, minerals, and even alternative approaches to reverse even severe cases. It's been an awesome read so far. It's interesting that yesterday I happened across this new program started at our local community college for health professionals. It's called a whole health program and from the looks of it, it talks about the same thing. How to take someone with a chronic problem and treat the whole body and not just medicate the symptoms. Now that's exciting! Anyway, I loved to hear any feedback from someone who has read the book or maybe is taking a whole health approach to treating their allergies or other chronic condition.

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