Wednesday, March 25, 2009


95% sure that I have pertussis. It's difficult to definitely diagnose in adults, as most adults don't get the characteristic 'whoop'. But I definitely have all the other symptoms (including hacking up a lung about every 10 seconds).

From what I've read online and in all of my natural healing books, antibiotics are pretty much useless for pertussis. Sure, they may help prevent spread of the disease. But they do NOTHING to alleviate the symptoms (just like cough suppressants do absolutely nothing - oh, does THAT sound familiar..).

So I'll be going even more aggressively on the natural agents and homeopathic route (I have most recommended agents on board already, just need to add a few more), and I'll somehow have to find a way to rest, rest, rest and rest (that's gonna be the REALLY tough part).

Boys are fully vaccinated against pertussis (but then again. so was I. Although I'll admit that my vaccinations are ancient history by now, and the prevailing pertussis strains have changed from when I was a kid. Plus we all know how effective vaccines can be, eh?) - but I'll be keeping a very close eye on them.

Crap, crap, and more crap..

[oh, and don't even suggest that I, temporarily, pass the reigns on caring for the boys on to the other parent.

I explored that option this morning. Got a very *tortured* sign and an eye roll....

You know what? "F" him. I'll manage.. As long as I can keep the boys healthy and in school, I should be able to get some rest in during the day hours..] But I am going to try to limit myself to "absolutely essential activities" only, so I may not be blogging a whole lot for a while]


At 8:07 PM, March 25, 2009 , Blogger K Fuller said...

Hey Petra,
I hope you feel better soon.
Can you recommend a beginners book for Natural and homeopathic remedies?

ha the word verification is scure
and I am looking for natural cures

At 8:10 AM, March 26, 2009 , Blogger Renee said...

I hope you feel better soon! We're full into allergy season at our house, so I can relate to a general feeling lousy, but oh so minor compared to pertussis! Please take good care of yourself!!!


At 9:09 AM, March 26, 2009 , Blogger Petra said...

Am actually feeling quite a bit better this am. I really have been pushing all the antibacterials, antivirals and general immune supports yesterday, and I am coughing less and the cough is 'looser' (for lack of a better word). I am bone, bone tired though.. but at least my brain fog seems to be lifting a bit. And emotionally/mentally I am not feeling so completely and utterly overwhelmed (which has been a major drag these past several months).

Big challenge for me is now to continue to take all this stuff and to continue to take it easy, so I actually get better this time and don't have this crap linger any longer.

Renee - we definitely have allergies here in the mix too. Which isn't helping. Both boys are a bit *goopy* again, and with what I have probably been walking around with for a while now, I am keeping a very close eye on them and have upped their immune supports, Xylitol spray (to keep the sinuses goop free) up a notch.

All in all a full time job just in itself.. on top of all the other *jobs* I already have...Oy...

K - Hyland's makes a 'standard homeopathic' kit that has 29 most commonly used remedies in it. It comes with a little booklet that I thought was very informative.

Books I like (and I got them when the boys were much younger, but it's very easy to extrapolate the stuff mentioned to bigger kids & adults):

Prescription for Nutritional Healing 2nd Ed - James Balch, Phyllis Balch

Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child 2nd Ed - Janet Zand, Robert Roundtree, Rachel Walton

Herbal Solutions for Healthy Living - Richard Scalzo

Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants - Dana Ullman

I've had the good fortune of having worked with two (and am still working with one) excellent Naturopaths on stuff for the boys. Thing is the human body has an amazing capacity for self healing. And when you can tap into that, you typically heal better than with use of traditional, quick fix, pop a pill, medicine. That doesn't mean however that there aren't situations where that quick fix, pop a pill approach is a MUST.

At 9:17 AM, March 26, 2009 , Blogger Petra said...

Oh, and one of my *magic medicines* yesterday was most definitely the chickensoup that my friend C. R brought me when she dropped off Potatey yesterday afternoon.

C.R - I know you pop in here. THANK YOU (for soup & the love).

At 11:53 AM, March 26, 2009 , Blogger K Fuller said...

Thanks for the information

At 7:28 PM, March 26, 2009 , Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

Take good care of yourself Petra.


At 2:38 PM, March 27, 2009 , Blogger Petra said...

K - you're welcome.

Michelle - thanks. I'm tryin', I'm tryin'.

Yesterday was the first day I felt better than I have felt in a long time.. so of course I overdid it. And I'm paying for it today. Ideally, I should have somebody take care of the boys for me for a couple of days (so I can get completely off my feet and go 'switch off') but as that ain't gonna happen, I'll have to find a way to pace myself somehow.

Realistically I think I'll be in one step forward, 1/2 step back mode for a while.

On a positive note, my *naturals* program is starting to work. I am coughing less, fits are less long, cough is looser. I'll just need to stick with the routine (and be patient with myself).

Boys are a little out of sorts.. they're not used to me being sick and/or not being fully *in command* of the *funny farm*. Salamander has really stepped up to the plate though (but it breaks my heart that he even has to), and is encouraging Potatey to do the same. They are so incredibly awesome!!!! Trust me, right now, these two boys are my only reasons for getting out of bed in the morning..


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