Monday, June 04, 2007

The Natural Way

For several years, Margalit has had warts on the back of her hand. Many were quite large, and they were spreading quickly. I ignored it for awhile, then put some medication that the doctor suggested on it, then ignored dice.

Finally, I took her to the skin doctor who looked at her hand and said that because of their placement, on the knuckles, he couldn't burn them or freeze them off, and we'd have to speak to the plastic surgeon.

Plastic surgeon immediately gave her an appointment for laser surgery in Haifa, which, he said, would include general anesthesia.

Well, with all due respect to my daughter's skin and self-image (she's full enough of herself, so no sorries there) I wasn't going to agree to general anesthesia for warts.

So for a few months, with a bit of irregularity (4 nights out of 7....not out of any scheduling, but just because of forgetfulness) we put cotten with apple cider vinager on her warts at night, then covered them with a band-aid. This was suggested by many "natural remedy" sites on the internet. None of the "true-life stories" gave much direction -- they suggested that the warts would turn black, and then fall off.

Well, sure enough, the biggest ones began to turn black, but by then, Margalit's skin was getting quite sore at night when we'd put on the ACV -- i had some get on my skin which was NOT raw, and it stung -- and at some point, we just started covering them with tape at night without the ACV, since that was also a suggestion given on these sites.

And then, at some point (right around Pesach, wouldn't you know, when no one remembers anything) we just forgot the whole thing.

Suddenly, about a week ago, Margalit mentioned "ema, do you know that my warts have disappeared"? And sure enough, aside from a bump here and there, they were disappearing! Completely! No scars, nothing!

What's more, a wart on her eyelid which the plastic surgeon didn't even want to touch had disappeared too...and we didn't do ANYTHING for that!

I'm dying to take her back to both doctors, just to show them what a bit of non-invasive treatment can accomplish, not to mention that the ACV, cotten, and tape couldn't have cost me more than $5 all together! But Margalit doesn't have time, and, what the heck....they wouldn't believe me anyway.

All I can say though is, in this day of internet and accessibility to information, anyone who doesn't research their options thoroughly deserves what they get! (And I have definitely come across incidents where I have opted FOR medications and/or medical intervention when there is a question, because sometimes, that's the best solution for us.

In other news, Toulouse (the kitten) is doing just fine. Full of beans. I still don't get too worked up over a cat, but he's OK, and doesn't bother anyone except the dogs too much. Watching Jenny and Angora playing with him is a riot.
And we all had a nice time at Cousin Rebecca's wedding. Very classy, though I found it hard to understand all those British accents (lots of Baruch and Ruth's friends and relatives, plus the groom, Oliver, was born and raised in England, so all his family was there, plus Rebecca has been living in London for the past few years, so most of her recent friends are there too). They speak english? Ariel(la) and Ben met us there, having come up from Tel Aviv,and we had a nice evening.

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