Creating Waves of Awareness
Refused Food, Nausea, Vomiting
He was just two and half years old and had been refusing most food since a couple of days. This morning he had vomited nearly all of his breakfast. Whatever food or drink was offered to him was vomited. He refused to drink water saying that he felt nausea.
When I saw him he felt weak and dehydrated. I sat him on my lap—he was my grandson, the apple of my eye, I gave him Ipecac 30 one dose. Then I spoon fed him some tea with biscuits. He vomited almost immediately. I was worried, because of his being dehydrated. If he could not be fed orally then we will have to take him to hospital for the IV drip. I knew that once in their hands he will be treated by allopathic medicines including antibiotics . As many diagnostics tests will be performed as they saw fit.
ORS Oral Rehydration Salts
I asked for ORS in cold water and fed him spoon by spoon at first, then by sips from the glass tumbler, he was taking it with relish and for a minute or two there was no vomiting. I breathed a sigh of relief. I was sitting on a sofa in the lounge and he was on my lap when suddenly and without warning he began to vomit. I instinctively brought my cupped hand near his mouth to collect the liquid to prevent the mess, but a mess it was, because the liquid was much more that my hand could collect.
Change in Temperature Keynote
I had given the liquid cold but it felt warm to my hands. Eureka! The warm tea was immediately thrown up while the cold ORS took sometime to come out. I realized this was because the liquid was thrown out as soon as it had become warm in the stomach. This is the keynote of Phosphorus.
A single dose of Phophorus 30 was given and within fifteen minutes he was offered a glass of ORS and he took it and retained it and retained every food after that and there was no need for another dose.
Moral Of The Story
It pays to observe the patient carefully and to remember the keynotes.