A Day in the Life of a Homeopath

The following is a description of a more or less typical day. They’re all different. Some are more interesting or rewarding than others, but in general it’s both interesting and rewarding, and that’s why we do what we do. One day in our office looked something like this:

The morning started with the first follow-up visit for a woman. She had not noticed much change in her symptoms since receiving her first remedy a month ago. There were some minor changes from drinking too much of an herbal tea when she went off coffee. She’d gotten discouraged and started drinking some coffee again because she really missed it. We needed to restudy the case and prescribe a different remedy, to be taken after going off coffee again.

The next visit was a new patient, 7 years old, with allergies that had gradually worsened over the past 2 years. He’s been put on Zyrtec. His grades at school have slipped, he has “big-time spacing out” and he’s been labeled as having ADD. We discussed homeopathy, antidoting, and suppression with his mother. He’ll be returning soon to have a full homeopathic evaluation and treatment. We see a lot of children with ADD and ADHD. Sometimes it’s a long haul, but usually these children are greatly helped by homeopathic treatment.

The rest of the morning was spent doing a comprehensive visit with a cute 3 year old girl who has been on antibiotics continually for the last year, since being diagnosed with her second kidney infection and a kinked ureter (the tube leading from the kidney to the bladder). Difficult ear infections preceded each kidney infection. There is a family history of urinary tract abnormalities that is significant here. Other things in the personality, family history, and food preferences were helpful in pointing the way to the remedy that she probably needs first. I’ll be studying over all the notes of the case before her next visit, using the homeopathic books and computer programs to help sort out what is the best remedy for her as an individual.

In the afternoon we started with a young-at-heart octogenarian who’s been coming since February. His severe congestive heart failure was making life horrible, causing stays in the hospital every few weeks. He’s done reasonably well since then, with a decrease in the fluid in his chest, making it easier to breathe. He hasn’t required any hospitalizations since we started. At this visit his weight had increased again, representing retained fluid. We increased the strength of his homeopathic remedy and asked him to stop the kelp he’s been taking, wondering if the salt it contains was a part of the reason for the fluid accumulation. He’ll be taking more of his allopathic diuretics to try to get rid of the excess fluid, and we’ll see him back in 2 weeks if he’s not improving, otherwise in a month.

Next was a nice woman who patiently came from 1995 to February of 1999 for homeopathic treatment of her asthma. She got improvement at times, and needed inhalers at other times. Sometimes she was pretty sick. Then we hadn’t seen her for a long time. She was back to have a swelling in her leg checked, which turned out to be a minor varicose vein. But the best thing was, SHE HADN’T HAD A BIT OF ASTHMA since the last homeopathic remedy she received. No more inhalers, no more wheezing! Hooray! After a lot of work, the last remedy finally let her “take a giant step.”

Then we had another comprehensive visit with a very nice 9 year old girl whose parents both have had constitutional treatment with excellent results. She’s been having stomach aches, mostly on school days, but she likes school a lot. We went through a thorough case history that will require a full study, as we do with any comprehensive evaluation. We also ordered a test to rule out worms or parasites in the gastrointestinal tract as a source of the problem. She’ll be back next week, to receive a homeopathic remedy, hopefully the one that will cause her system to heal itself, with the result that the symptoms will become a thing of the past.

Next we saw a woman who’s been treated for high blood pressure. She had done well enough that we were able to stop her allopathic medicine in the past, but she had postponed returning since the spring and her blood pressure at this visit was way too high. We repeated her remedy and she’s to return in 3 weeks. Hopefully she won’t have to go back on blood pressure medicine, but if she needs to until we can get things under control again with homeopathic treatment, then that’s what we’ll do.

The next patient was a nice woman with lifelong menstrual problems and a several year history of inflammatory arthritis. She wasn’t responding to medicines prescribed by various specialists, so she came for treatment toward the end of the summer. After comprehensive evaluation she’d received her remedy in early August. Follow-up last month found that she had gone through extensive changes, starting with a homeopathic aggravation, followed by substantial improvement in almost all of her symptoms. We had not given her further homeopathic medicine at her last visit. This time we repeated the remedy we gave in August, because her headaches were not gone and because she had been sleepless since an extremely stressful event the week before. We’ll see her again in a month.

Then we had a young woman whose repeated colds and flu’s from a weak immune system had brought her for treatment last year. Both her mother and father had done nicely with homeopathic treatment and they wanted her to be healthy too. She’s done great, and is now in college. She’d gotten sick this week, but was already on the mend by the time she got here. (The evening before we’d discussed by phone what to do until she could get in for an appointment.)

The last patient of the day was a teenager with swollen tonsils and a sore throat. She’s had homeopathic treatment in the past. She’d done very well; the last remedy she’d needed was in summer 1998. We did a rapid strep test this time and found that she didn’t have a strep throat. We gave instructions for what to do to get over this without (needless) antibiotics.


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