Thursday, February 28, 2008

Expecting Miracles

Tuesday evening I tried warming the stuff that I squished out of the garlic capsule to no avail.  It was kind of the consistency of cool petroleum jelly, which does not get into the ear easily, so I had to move on to plan B (or C or D or X or whatever plan we’re on now). 


Yesterday I drove down to Wild Oats during my lunch break to try to get garlic oil in actual oil form.  What I found was even better – Ear Oil!  It has the garlic oil, olive oil (a.k.a. sweet oil), mullein for its anti-inflammatory properties, and St. John’s Wort for promoting healing.  I put some in her ear as soon as we got home yesterday evening, then again before bed.  When she woke up this morning, she still had swelling, so I don’t know if it is working.  I went ahead and put some more in her ear (the instructions and articles say to use it every 2-4 hours). 


Her appointment is tomorrow morning.  While we may still end up going to see the ENT doctor, I’m still hoping to avoid ear tubes if possible.  I’m not against them, but I’d like to exhaust other options first.  I’m hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.


On a side note, I really wish these websites would stop claiming that the herbal remedies have “no side effects.”  There are always side effects.  They should change the wording to “no ill effects are known” to be more accurate.  Contraindications are a part of ingesting or coming into contact with any substance, no matter if it is natural or chemically created.  I had to get that off my chest.


Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Hey, hon, get it off your chest! Go for it! That's what the blog is there for!

I'm glad you're exhausting every route. Ty-man had so many ear infections as a kid, it's a wonder he can hear at all. I was worried about the kids and their ears. So far, Miss-Miss has had no ear infections, Bubba has had two (one this winter and one last winter) and J-man, none thus far. I'm hoping we dodge the bad ear infection bullet.

Good luck!

Patti said...

we are all about the natural remedies in this house. takes moving mountains to get us to use drugs. well mountains or cramps!

i hope it works for you and her. especially her.

carrie & troy keiser said...

Still sending you good thoughts on the ear troubles.