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Pneumonia, C-diff, And Hospital-Incurred Infection

Author: Melissa E.
Date: 07-21-2014
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Testimonial ID: 9929-OR
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I have to share a story about a friend of mine who has been struggling with her health for several months.

TLDR: She had pneumonia, C. diff, an open leg wound that would not heal, and a Pseudomonas infection that was resistant to every antibiotic they tried. She was miserable and mentally and emotionally compromised by all the prescription drugs they had her on. Read the end paragraphs for the changes that occurred after moving to holistic methods and essential oils.

One year ago my friend visited me and was using only a walking stick to deal with her sciatica. In the late summer she suffered a fall and has been through major back problems that ultimately put her in a wheelchair.

She was using some painkillers at that point, and she was also using PanAway and Peppermint essential oil on her spine for back pain, as she went to physical therapy several times a week. The therapist noticed an increasing pain tolerance and commented several times that the essential oils seemed to be helping her.

In January 2014 my friend was unable to get through a door before it closed, and it cut her leg open. The wound was not healing weeks later, in spite of daily bandage changes and multiple weekly trips to a wound care specialist.

At one point my friend was on 30 pills a day, prescribed for various things. When she pointed this out to her primary doctor, he declared her "toxic", took her off of all but one pain pill, and sent her to a new, more experienced wound care clinic.

The doctors were also talking about possibly doing a skin graft for the wound that would not heal conventionally. Silver nitrate ate my friend's skin at the edges, making it worse. Anything and everything else left her writhing, sobbing, and claiming that she was in pain worse than any of her four unmedicated births.

The only thing she could put on the wound without pain was Myrrh essential oil, with Frankincense on top of that, that I sent her to try. The wound care clinic folks said that they were seeing signs of new skin forming, but her primary doctor said that my friend had an infection setting in.

Next we ended up taking her for IV antibiotics for a Pseudomonas infection that was resistant to oral antibiotics. She traveled by wheelchair and bus to the antibiotic clinic every day and to the wound care clinic weekly.

After one month they decided my friend had lymphedema. She started going to yet another clinic three times a week to get her legs wrapped in bandages from foot to ankle, with twice-monthly showers being the only allowable times for a full wash. She also could not access the wound to apply Frankincense or Myrrh with the bandages on.

At the end of three months, June 5, 2014, they declared her well enough to stop antibiotics. On July 2, 2014, she went to the emergency room. At that time, her blood pressure was 215/51, pulse was 82, respirations (heart rate) was 133, and temperature was 102.9. She was declared septic and admitted to the hospital.

Because of the previous antibiotic regimen, they had to make multiple changes to her treatment to find one that would work. She drank NingXia Red for the 4th of July and watched fireworks from the hospital window. After five days in the hospital, she was released home with an oxygen tank, an unidentified viral infection, pneumonia, and C. diff.

The next day her son made a video recording of her lying in bed sobbing because "everything hurts all over." Her oldest daughter, my friend for thirty years, messaged her brother to ask if she needed to see about a flight home for a last visit... because she looked that bad on the video.

Her youngest daughter drove out to help with her care that night and soon after began to apply essential oils on various parts of her body. A daughter-in-law came later to help with the oils and to bring new ones to try.

We had my friend put Thieves under her tongue for immune boosting and for its antiviral properties, and she applied Melissa on her feet and spine. She put Myrrh on her wound (in-between rewrapping for the edema), which was finally showing noticeable signs of healing up.

She drank NingXia Red with a drop of Orange essential oil to help oxygenate her cells, boost her immune system, and give her energy. And she used RC on her chest and in the diffuser to get the junk out of her lungs and to help her breathe more easily with the pneumonia.

She restarted layering PanAway and Peppermint on her back and hip for pain caused by sciatica and the bulging discs that earned her the wheelchair so many months before. And on the many large bruises left by the hospital IV needles, my friend is using Helichrysum to help with blood flow and speed the healing process.

The day after leaving the hospital, she and her daughter went out, without the oxygen tank, to get her glasses prescription filled. Her skin color and breathing were noticeably better. She looked and sounded alive again instead of half dead. She did not slur her words; she had energy. And now she is looking at finally going back for pool therapy next week (no skin graft needed).

Now she calls me to talk about the plans she is making for losing weight and getting her health back. She calls to tell me about the healthy meals she is making for herself and that she is well enough to go to work, clean the kitchen, make her meals, and take care of her own needs. She is still in a wheelchair, but, by this time next year, it looks much more likely that she will be back out of the chair.

I don't always know exactly how the oils work, but I know that they do. It is where I turn for most of our healthcare needs, and it is why I am sharing it on our Three Friends Fitness blog and!

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