My daughter was a beautiful, healthy baby. When she was 2 and ½, she was diagnosed with acute sinusitis/bronchitis which later turned to pneumonia. Shortly after that, we moved to a new home and she continued to cough and seemed to get sick all the time.
She had developed a horrible nighttime cough. I continued to bring her to Kaiser and she was diagnosed with bronchospasms / pharyngitis / cough. Records show she had the horrible cough and wheezing for 3-4 weeks at a time. I remember she never seemed to get better. At 3 yrs old they gave her Albuterol and codeine cough syrup. She had a horrible reaction. She yelled and kicked and screamed and wouldn't let us near her. Two short months later, she had the same illness and that is when she received her first dose of steroid inhalants. They gave her Flovent, Albuterol and prelone.
I decided to seek alternative care. I thought she may be allergic to something in our new house or maybe had developed food allergies. I took her to an osteopath and brought in many samples of things she touched and breathed. I brought in samples of the grass outside her bedroom window, a chunk of carpet from her closet and stuffed animals that were washed in surf detergent and one washed in a natural, fragrance-free detergent. I did not tell the Osteopath which one was which, as I wasn't quite confident in this new alternative osteo-what?
Well, she concluded that my daughter was most sensitive to the carpet and all fragrances, dairy, wheat and soy. We changed her diet and her health temporarily improved. Since she continued to get sick I found someone that practiced NAET. He concluded that she had sensitivities to so many foods that I didn't even know what to feed her anymore. He also said that she was 'out of his league' and he didn't think that he could help her. Kaiser continued to administer the meds.
In 2007, my daughter was 5 yrs old. We had her nebulizer at home. They kept increasing her medication but it didn't work. She was thin and not growing anymore. We had to bring her to the ER in the middle of the night, 3 times that year. Since nothing else worked, they had to give her a shot of prednisone, in the thigh.
Kaiser flew us over to Oahu to see their Pulmonary Specialist. He asked a lot of questions, as did I. They took a lot of X-rays and told me that she would have to be on the steroid inhalant her whole life. They prescribed Singular for a few months and said if that didn't work, they would give her intranasal steroids. She tried them both and in 2008 ended up in the ER 4 times.
I had heard from many people that acupuncture helped asthma. My Kaiser Pediatrician's Nurse even said that she had witnessed many success stories of the benefits of acupuncture for asthma. A friend referred me to the Low Cost Community Clinic. Thank goodness it was affordable.
We met Sasha and Anjelika and loved them. My daughter was 7 years old and extremely afraid of needles. Sasha used acupuncture stimulation machine in the beginning. Eventually, she was able to take the needles, now she loves them because she knows they make her feel better.
We started off with approximately 20 treatments at twice a week with Sasha. Anjelika, the herbalist in the clinic assessed her condition, and created a formula specific to her needs, she also evaluated all the supplements my daughter had been taking. They filled a beach bag. She recommended stopping nearly all of them because it was overtaxing her little body. Anjelika recommended a select few herbs and our herbal treatments began.
In the beginning, I was still giving my daughter all her meds – steroids, inhalants, etc… Then Sasha recommended I only give them to her in case of an emergency. I was petrified. She had all the symptoms of an attack ready to come on – runny nose, itchy nose, dry throat, and cough. In the past I would have doubled or tripled her steroids but this time I didn’t. Even my husband, “the alternative medicine skeptic” said that I should choose one approach or the other. So, when she began to cough that night, I gave her herbal remedies and hot steam shower and we made it through the night! We went in for a wonderful acupuncture treatment the next day and the attack passed.
My daughter may have had one other non-threatening episode in the past two years and that’s it! Really, truly amazing! She is no longer taking all the drugs and she doesn’t have all those crazy sensitivities to all the foods on the planet. We can sit by the fire at the campsite and she can swim. She has “filled out” and is now a ballerina; she is on a swim team and plays soccer. She now has a glow in her eyes and her face is vibrant and healthy! She rarely gets sick now and when she does, it doesn’t last 3-4 weeks. She gets sick for a few days and when I hear her “normal, healthy, child cough”, I think it sounds beautiful! She is no longer wheezing and unable to catch her next breath. Just a normal cough!
Now we go for a treatment once a month for maintenance and continue taking herbal remedies when needed. If it weren’t for Sasha and Anjelika I don’t even want to think what would have happened to our child. If they weren’t so affordable, we wouldn’t have been able to have the healthy child we have today. My daughter is now 9 and ½ years old and healthy and happy. I recommend the clinic for all ailments.
Thank you Anjelika and Sasha!
Many warm alohas,
AC and family