My son Daniel is a playful, energetic, full of life little 9 year old boy and one night after his shower he pointed out a red mark on his leg. He had no symptoms but that’s when our problems began.
Over the next two days the red mark spread and developed into a rash which led me to bring him to his Pediatrician where I was reassured it was nothing to be worried about. After few more days, the marks spread rapidly and became larger and an angry red colour. A second trip to our Pediatrician led to another non diagnosis.
The rash continued and frustration led us back to our Pediatrician and he immediately got on the phone with the pediatricians over at the hospital and Daniel was quickly admitted over the next three days where he was given intravenous antibiotics as the Doctors were thinking he “possibly” had a staph infection. The rash slightly improved and we were sent home without diagnosis and were scheduled a follow up appointment at the hospital in the next two days.
Later that day the rash progressed and we waited impatiently for the follow up appointment.
The Doctor examined Daniel and advised us to give him a bleach and water bath to decontaminate his skin and to immediately start him on Prednisone!
I was so distraught of the thought of putting bleach on my son’s skin and putting my child on Prednisone that I expressed this to the doctor that I refused his advice if they didn’t have a proper diagnosis for him. I explained that I wasn’t giving him meds to mask his symptoms.
The rash continued and over 14 days Daniel saw 14 different Doctors, many nurses, four different antibiotics, cortisone ointments and many different prescription creams. We had enough and contacted our Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Natasha Zajmalowski. From the moment I walked into her office, she assured me that everything was going to be OK. She gave me some advice and tips and referred me to Charmaine Gillis of Ocean Bottom.
I left her office and drove straight to Ocean Bottom where my frustrating journey began to change to one of relief. From the moment I walked in, I felt Charmaine really listened to the details that Daniel had gone through and asked me many specific questions. Charmaine understood and immediately made him a special Himalayan Essential oil infused bath soak , a Honey Oatmeal natural soap and a special Salve to rub onto his skin.
I went home and gave Daniel his Himalayan bath and cleansed his skin with the Honey Oatmeal soap. Daniel came out of his bath and his first words were “Mommy, look it’s not as red and it doesn’t itch.”
I noticed a crazy difference immediately and felt so overwhelmed and continued everything Charmaine made for us. Over the next few days Daniel’s symptoms began to slowly disappear. He was left with scars all over his legs and I worried they would be permanent. I continued to apply the salve and now, six months later, the scars are barely visible.
We feel so blessed to have met such amazing and caring people and can’t be thankful enough.
Every time we talk about this situation, Daniel always reminds me “Mommy, Charmaine is the best!” and he always looks forward to paying a visit to Ocean Bottom.
Daniel enjoys and still uses Ocean Bottom’s soap daily as well as a special natural Deodorant that Charmaine specially makes for Daniel that is nut free (Daniel also has severe tree nut allergies).
Ocean Bottom, thank you for taking great care of Daniel and we’re so glad we did it the natural way!