Thursday, April 1, 2010

If it's not one thing...

Well, you know.

Our car went into the shop yesterday. I was expecting a several hundred dollar repair bill. Was presented with a several thousand dollar estimate. We decided to go ahead with it. I'm now second-guessing myself, as I do with just about every major decision I make. But, it's a good solid car, and probably has another 5 to 10yrs in it now. And if we're moving to Europe in the fall, then we will most likely recoup most of the cost when we sell it.

But, the universe likes to be in balance, no? We are seeming some major positives in the last few weeks. I am hopeful that this Vitamin K therapy is moving us in the right direction. We know from Lily's blood test that she has high serum Calcium. This points us to a calcium regulation issue, which points to a K deficiency. Coupled with the oxalate issues and some other things (sensory stuff, easy bruising) it just makes sense. I should say, all of those things, plus the fact that I have a very lovey, giggly, happy, laid-back child all of a sudden (well, gradually increasing over the last few weeks), tells me we are on the right track.

I am frustrated yet about the eczema/rash issue. At a minimum, I really wish I could help her not be itchy. We have tried just about every oil & cream & herbal preparation out there. We have tried more conventional lotions & creams, in desperation, to no avail. We've tried OTC anti-histamines, which actually seem to make everything worse. We've tried high-dose vitamin C (as an anti-histamine and overall immune support). We have settled on liquid lanolin. It seems to be the only thing that helps with dryness and irritation without causing pain or a worse rash. It does not help with the underlying itching, only itching due to dryness.

We are taking lots of CLO and have plenty of nutritional support, so my hope is her body will start to heal from the inside out. I was talking to a friend the other day, and we discussed the phenomenon of people having a bodily point of weakness. For example, if I'm stressed out or ill, I will get a stomach ache and digestion issues. My friend gets headaches. Lily's skin seems to be her weak point. Perhaps I can think on that for a bit and see what we can do in general to help support healthy skin in general.


  1. Nessa, I was self-medicating with Vitamin C and gave myself horrible hives and itchy, scratchy, rashy skin. I had to use a steroid cream to get rid of it. I don't know what the cut point is between a lot of Vitamin C and too much Vitamin C, but I'm not sure lots is good for the skin. Just my 2 cents.

  2. Thanks for sharing that. It's amazing how unique everyone really is! Some people swear by Vit C as an antihistamine. We are currently off Vit C because it can easily metabolize into oxalates, and we are limiting our oxalate exposure for now.


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