Aidan Moffett, now 14, was diagnosed with severe eczema when he was just six months old. It was so bad that his skin would tear off if he tried to move. All his life he had to live in so much pain and discomfort, up until recently when they found a special water treatment that saved him.
At first, his mom, April, tried to find alternative remedies to help her son to no avail. She said, she did not want Aidan to become dependent on topical creams seeing as he was very young at the time. However, she was eventually left with no choice but to use the creams the doctors prescribed as Aidan’s condition only kept getting worse.
Aside from severe eczema, Aidan also has multiple allergies including; wheat, dairy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood and seeds. Because of his condition and all the allergies, Aidan’s quality of life was quite low. His family had to be careful when selecting restaurants when they wanted to eat out, places they could go on vacation and pretty much every other aspect of their lives.
Aidan’s face was covered in painful red rashes, the skin on his delicate little body would tear up and leave him screaming in pain if he was not scooped up carefully. As he grew, he noticed how strangers would stare at him and make faces because of his condition, and this left him psychologically affected. Eventually he had to drop out of school as he was almost always in hospital due to the eczema.
In February 2013, Aidan was hospitalized with MRSA, a type of bacteria that’s resistant to several commonly used antibiotics. He looked malnourished, became underweight and soon his body began to shutdown.
In August of 2013, things started changing for the better when they were invited to attend a hydrotherapy center called Avene Hydrotherapy in France where Aidan had 3 weeks of treatment.
“As he got older he really started to notice people’s reactions and that made it harder on him mentally. He would always tell me how ugly he was and why can’t he be normal like us. He was pretty much bedridden for years. His skin got so bad that he sometimes couldn’t walk and would have a hard time moving any part of his body.
When he was little my husband and I would have to carefully scoop him up from the couch to take him to another part of the house. If we tried to lift him up like you would any other child, his skin would tear on his torso and he would scream in agony.
Bath time was pure hell. He was so dry, and his skin smelled of bacteria; we needed to cleanse it, so he wouldn’t get staph, but it was excruciatingly painful for him and he would scream in agony if I tried to bathe him. Sometimes it was so bad that I would have to get into the bath, clothes and all, just to cradle him and help him feel secure.” April told Metro.
She added, “Those were truly dark, dark days for my baby and us as a family. We couldn’t plan vacations or outings without thinking about how it was going to affect Aidan. He had to be pulled from school in second grade and didn’t go back until fifth grade. In his early years from first year to the time he was nine-years-old, the doctors tried to control his eczema with topical steroids and oral immunosuppressants.
It was a bandage only and would eventually cause him more anguish and pain. We did everything in our power to avoid flares, so we pulled all the carpet out of our house. I cleaned daily with natural cleaners, I washed his clothes and linens separately with vinegar and double hot rinse to help get rid of dust mites. None of it helped.
Back before we went to Avene; anything and everything triggered his flare ups. We would drive ourselves crazy trying to find out what caused the flares, but later realized he was reacting to everything. Now he flares up with seasonal pollen and occasionally dust mites will irritate his skin and sinuses. But, his skin is controlled with showering in a filtered shower and using his Avene products.”
“Honestly, we owe his improvements to going to the Avene Hydrotherapy center in Avene France. In 2013, he had been hospitalized in February with a super staph and super fungal infection. His body was slowly shutting down and we were out of options other than putting him on another immunosuppressant with horrible side effects. He was underweight, looked malnourished even though he was eating healthier than he ever had and he wasn’t growing.
It has been proven that this hydrotherapy center has beneficial effects to people with skin conditions. It works by treating the skin with daily bath treatments with the Avene Thermal Spring water as well as drinking the water daily for the three weeks. This water passes through rocks and soil which dissolve to add minerals to the water. Since going there in 2013, he has improved dramatically.
He went back in 2014 and his last treatment was in 2015. While at home we use all the products that he used at the hydrotherapy center and it has continued to help. He is actually growing and the food that he is eating is actually nourishing his body. For the first time in his life he was able to participate in sports with his schoolmates.
We as a family can finally plan vacations without having Aidan’s condition be the first thing that we worry about. He can play outside with his friends whereas before his friends would invite him to go places and he couldn’t go.
I wanted to start Aidan’s Scratch Pad to let others know that they are not alone and to help in whatever way I can even if that means giving Aidan’s testimony on what helped him. To trade ideas about treatments, and just having something in common. Through the years we have helped dozens of families all over the world by letting them know what we did and just being there for them in their time of need.” April said.
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Man Hospitalized After Sniffing His Own Smelly Socks
A 37 year old man has been hospitalized after sniffing his own socks for a little too long. The man who has been identified only as Peng from Zhangzhou, southeast China started having chest pains and decided to head to the hospital.
On arrival he was immediately admitted as an emergency case and the doctor ordered an X-ray to determine the cause of his pain as well as the cause of a cough that he had developed.
Peng was diagnosed with a fungal infection of the lungs, and had to stay put in hospital for treatment, while doctors determined the pretty unusual cause.
After taking an oral history from Peng, the doctors discovered that his condition was most likely caused by his habit of smelling his socks after he’d been wearing them.
A fungal infection he had developed on his feet was transferred into his lungs when he sniffed his socks, inhaling some of the fungal spores as he did so.
A local newspaper, Fujian Daily,reported that Peng had revealed to the doctors that he had become “addicted” to smelling the socks he’d worn during the day.
This regular and prolonged deep sniffs of his own socks most likely allowed the fungal spores to spread into his lungs, where they developed into a fungal infection.
Speaking to the Fujian Daily, Dr Mai Zhuanying at the Zhangzhou No. 909 Hospital said, “The infection could also be attributed to the patient’s lack of rest at home as he had been looking after his child, leading to a weaker immune system.”
Peng has been kept in hospital for treatment, and doctors say that he is expected to make a full recovery.
Before you panic and rush to the hospital to tell doctors about that time you sniffed your socks to check if they were clean, this is unlikely to happen to you. A quick sniff probably won’t cause you to be hospitalized, just don’t make it a habit!
3 Activities That Can Help You Manage Arthritis Pain
Arthritis can cause substantial joint pain. Thus, patients with this condition often struggle to stay active. That’s understandable. It’s difficult to move around when your joints ache. However, if you have arthritis, it is actually very important to exercise regularly. Some experts even consider exercise to be the most effective arthritis treatment that doesn’t require patients to take drugs.
That said, you shouldn’t jump straight into a new fitness routine if you have arthritis. It may not be safe to perform certain exercises. Use direct access to physical therapy to coordinate with an expert that can help to develop a workout plan that fits your needs and abilities.
The types of activities they recommend will vary on a case-by-case basis. In general, though, the exercises will belong to one of the following categories:
Aerobic exercise is good for everyone because it promotes cardiovascular health. It’s particularly important for arthritic patients because it also promotes weight loss.
When you lose weight, the amount of stress your joints are under reduces. Staying active and adhering to a fitness plan will help you not only achieve a healthy weight, but also maintain it.
Range-of-motion exercises typically involve simple movements designed to help reduce joint stiffness. An example would be rolling your shoulders backwards repeatedly. These exercises are ideal for patients with limited mobility because they can be performed easily and anywhere.
Your muscles protect your joints. Thus, it’s very important for people with arthritis to focus on exercises that strengthen muscles.
This usually involves some form of resistance exercise, such as lifting weights or doing push-ups. Again, you shouldn’t attempt such a routine on your own without speaking with your doctor and a professional first. Lifting weights is dangerous for anyone without the proper experience and information. By coordinating with a professional, you’ll avoid injuring yourself.
You should also stick to a low-impact activities that are easier on your joints. For instance, walking or jogging is a lot better for an arthritic person than sprinting through rocky terrain.
Applying heat to your joints before working out can also help prevent stiffness later. Apply cold packs to your joints after exercising to reduce inflammation. Of course, you should also stop working out if you feel yourself getting too tired or experiencing too much pain.
That’s less likely to happen if you develop a fitness plan with expert help first. Again, exercise offers major benefits to arthritic people. You’ll get the most benefits when you work out safely.
Young Girls Who Met In Hospital Reunite For “Survivors” Photo-shoot
Two years after beating cancer, four young girls reunited for a celebratory photoshoot, and the pictures are all sorts of incredible. McKinley, Chloe, Ava, and Lauren, were all diagnosed with cancer and were treated at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.
The little girls all had different types of cancer, but they all met when being treated in the same ward. The four instantly became very close friends and spent as much time with each other as they could while going through treatments.
Lauren’s mom, Shawna Glynn, said, “She’s three years old and doesn’t have any hair, but all her friends in the hospital look the same way. So it kind of gave her some normality.”
“It was just always a breath of fresh air to see a familiar face, and to know that she wasn’t alone in there.” Another mom added.
The girls’ close relationship also helped their parents cope a little better, dealing with such a trying period in not just their kids’ lives, but theirs as well.
“From the standpoint of a mom, too, having other moms to relate to has been phenomenal. Just to have other people going through it at the same time as us.” Karen Moore, McKinley’s mom said.
“It gives me chills, it makes me want to cry. I mean, I love these kids as if they were my own, for sure. They’re awesome.” Paige Ward, a nurse at Johns Hopkins who took care of all the girls explained.
They may be just little girls, but the hurdles they have been able to overcome at such tender ages are incredibly amazing. What’s even more special about their story, is the beautiful friendship they have all been able to build while fighting such tough battles.
The girls have all beaten cancer, with Lauren finishing her treatment not too long ago and set to start kindergarten soon. The girls are also happy that they now have their long hair back as well and are planning to have their reunions every year.
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