Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chidhood sickness - running/congested nose, sinus for the longest period

It has been a month my son was down with running/congested nose.  Excessive mucus that cause blockage all day and worsen at night.  But now he was clearing up and less congested.  He is able to sleep and breathe better throughout the night too.  Phew.

A month ago, we flew back to Malaysia for Qing Ming festival (清明节) over the weekends 27-29 March 2015.  We brought vegetarian food, Malaya kuehs, tea and fruits to offer to our late Grandma and others at the Siamese temple early in the morning.  Jostling with the crowds holding joss sticks as usual.  Incense fume triggered tearing sensation that made it difficult to keep our eyes open.  We were hot and sweaty every bits.  It is a Chinese tradition during Qing Ming festival (清明节) to burn incense, paper money, paper clothes, paper shoes/slippers, .. etc for the spiritual, be it at the cemetery or temple.  In the past, it was a family gathering around the graveyard at the hillside where Grandfather (爷爷) was buried.  The offerings were more elaborate.  Since our grandmother passed away and cremated last year, the family had all decided to have grandfather's grave exhumed and cremated the remains so that both their ashes (Grandmother and Grandfather) could be housed at the same Siamese temple in the individual urns. On the last night before departure,  we were at the funeral wake of Tai Ku Cheong.  Papa and son were, last minute, pulled in to join the funeral rites for the burning of large paper house, car .. etc.  With due respect, I suspected if inhaling the incense smoke and burning could be a trigger point for my son's sinusitis.

The flight back home was painful and unpleasant for him because he could not equalise the pressure. My boy was fine when the plane landed.  However, his ear pain relapsed and became unbearable after dinner. Rashes appeared on his back.  Since it was a Sunday night, our family doctor was closed, we went to other clinics. We were surprised to see long queues at 24 hours Tampines clinic and chose to go further to Lifelink at Pasir Ris.  He was prescribed with antihistamines.  The next day, he was having running nose dripping like a tap water that cannot be switched off.  Occasionally with bouts of headaches.  Constantly congested nose throughout the days and nights.  A few days later, the skin on his fingers tips, hands and feet began drying and peeling off.  I was shocked to see he was 'shedding' skin like a snake.  Luckily, the skin healed gradually with plenty of QV lotion I applied on the affected areas.

We finished the antihistamines as instructed but he did not recover.  Then we visited my regular Chinese physician at Bedok and even persuaded my child to try acupuncture.  He did go ahead and that was also his first and last session of acupuncture.  He was calm and brave with 3 needles poked around his face.  He was tearing eventually.  I was heart broken.  Acupuncture works for me which literally relieved from congested nose but it did not work for my boy.

His condition however did not improve.  Papa suggested chiropractic for his posture as well as congested nose.  Without a hesitation, we visited Papa's chiropractor at CSG (Chiropractic Solutions Group).  Dr Alan Ng recommended a gluten free diet for 3 weeks and  weekly of chiropractic session.  We did go ahead with the dietary change but not 100% gluten free.  My boy was determined to get well soon and had cut off bread, cakes and biscuits totally.  I was proud of his perseverance. This was his second week of gluten free diet.  His mucus has reduced greatly but still very blocked at night.  Even I rubbed the vicks vapour on his chest and feets at night, his breathing was interrupted most of the time and he was gasping for air with his mouth.

Desperate to help him sleep better through the night, I chanced upon  R.C. essential oil from Young Living at Essentialoilsg while browsing for gluten free food over the internet.  I bought it online last Friday and was delivered quickly on the second day (Sunday) by courier service.  I applied NEAT on his chest and amazingly, it cleared out his congested nose almost immediately and my boy could breathe smoothly and normally.  Subsequent days, I applied NEAT on his feet as well.  It was therapeutic, I must say.  Because, he slept like a baby.  It was an undeniable fact that R.C. oil was effective in alleviating respiratory problems.  So powerful!!  A word of caution on the usage of such potent oil.  I have double checked with the seller that older child (mine is 7 years old) and adult can apply NEAT (directly on the skin) but for younger kid, it is advisable to dilute with a carrier oil. 

This was his second major illness that last for more than a month.  His first serious one was coughing for more than 3 months till the specialist diagnosed him with mild asthma in 2012. It was 3 years ago! Came home with a hole in our pocket and plenty of medicines (flixotide, ventolin, singular, etc).   He has since fully recovered from the asthma episode.

I hope for his speedy recovery from sinusitis.

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