I was awakened by a neighbour at 2:30 am who knew that medical practitioners lived in the back of the clinic. She was very concerned about her elderly father who was experiencing difficulties with a fever and a cough.
I also had another problem in as much as the woman who called me was Chinese and did not speak much Spanish or English.
In going into the sick room , I was confronted with an old Chinese male bent over coughing. Fortunately at this time, the womans young 10 year old son came into the room and he spoke both English and Spanish.
When faced with sickness, I always use my senses to collect information. The first thing I observed was that the room had a very musty smell to it. As I approached the patient, it became clear that the patient was perspiring a little and that the odour was coming from him.
In talking to the woman through the son, she told me that her father had a fever for one day and it broke in the early evening. Then a short while later he began coughing and was bringing up a lot of gray mucus. The old man had requested her to make him green tea as he complained of a strong metallic taste with the cough.
We could not find out a reason for the fever so I looked at the symptoms before me.
- The cough started AFTER the fever broke.
- the expectoration was a grey mucous
- a taste of metal
- the offensive mold smell from his perspiration.
His daughter helped him to the bathroom and told me that his urine was extremely dark.
I gave Nux Vomica LM 0/1 in 3 doses every 20 minutes. By the third dose his cough had stopped and he fell peacefully asleep. In the morning he felt a little weak but was well on the mend.