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From: joanne (
Subject:         Pneumonia still hanging on ...
Date: June 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm PST

My almost 17-year-old son has had pneumonia for nearly 8 weeks now. He was super healthy before ... I think he took antibiotics once when he was a baby. I remember him being sick when he was 7, but it was nothing big. We eat a healthy diet - mostly vegetarian, all whole foods, all home-cooked, very little sugar, as much raw as possible (although money lately does not allow for as much raw as we used to eat), no dairy except occasional raw goat milk, very little meat (and what we do have is straight from the farm/wild), etc...

He is/was active - working mostly farm work. Always very thin (we all are), he had finally passed me up in weight and leveled out at 118lbs several months ago. He's 6'1" and looks just like his dad and my brothers (they didn't fill out till they were in their twenties) so i was not concerned about his weight ... however now with being sick for so long he's down to 106-108. He is weak and looks like a twig.

We really try to avoid going to the doctors; don't have a 'family physician', don't go for check ups, don't have insurance, etc. When I found out he had pneumonia, we tried to treat it at home. He juice fasted for as long as we could afford (a few days) and had raw green smoothies. He took oil of oregano and raw garlic as a natural antibiotics, and a mixture of slippery elm, myrrh and barberry powders for various things. I just prayed the Lord would make it clear if he had to go to the doctor. One night his left lung hurt so bad he could not sleep laying down, so he sat up all night and did the best he could. I saw this as a 'sign' that I needed to take him in (he slept sitting up for over a week). So ... of course they gave him antibiotics (azithromyacin 250mg for 5 days). They also did an xray to confirm pneumonia - his lower left lung was full of junk. He had a fever for over a week straight, but after taking the antibiotics, it went away.

Back for a check up and it's still not gone ... another round of antibiotics.

Back for another check up last week and it's still not gone ... another round of the same stuff. I asked if we could wait a week and see what happens. Doctor said yes but I promised to put him on the antibiotics again if he showed any sign of regressing. Then the next day his left lung was in a lot of pain again. So ... round three.

Yesterday he had a lot of pain in the left lung as well as bubbling (more than usual). We moved up the checkup to today, just in case. She now wants him to take a different antibiotic (augmentin 875mg twice a day for 10 days) and did another xray (no results from that yet, but my son said it seemed to look better than the first one). They also want to do a fungal culture on the junk in his lungs if he can get any out. We have the 'specimen cup' here with us since he normally coughs green stuff out in the morning. They are concerned that maybe it's fungal instead of bacterial. We live in a moldy basement ...

I am SO WEARY of this. Putting him on the first round of antibiotics was such a stretch for me ... and then the second, the third, and now another??

Does anyone have advice for us? [NO homeopathics, NO kinesiology] I really do not want to give him another round of antibiotics, but then again if he really needs it, he needs it. Also, his teeth have a gray tint to them ... will this go away?

I hope I've shared enough info for feedback; if not, just ask whatever you need to ask.

Thank you, Joanne in MO

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