Two bottles of water
He walked into my office clutching two bottles of drinking water which he never drank. His little body was frail and thin. His eyes looked wild, pupils dilated. Some teeth were missing, leaving gaps as he smiled or opened his mouth to breathe. In his short 8 years he had been severely traumatised by unexpected events which happened randomly. ”It seems like we can’t get past his choking experience”, she said desperately.
He sat, thin little legs close together. Under each arm he pinned a bottle of water. His smile came easily, yet with such uncertainty. His thin neck turned quickly to look at his mother, sitting with a very worried expression, next to him. She had just picked him up from school. His uniform, bought for his age, looked like an oversized outfit.
“He simply won’t eat”, his mother said. An attractive woman, with an easy manner. The affection between them was obvious. They looked at each other often, hands touching from time to time.
“I have never been to a homoeopath. Someone at school recommended that I try you. It has now been two months since he has last eaten a meal!” Her worry was in her eyes and in the way she touched his pitiful thin leg.
“What happened? I asked, taking in as much information as I could with my eyes.
“He was hit on the mouth with a hockey stick. That night I made him some food and he nearly choked to death. Since then he refuses to put any food in his mouth. He will drink energy drinks and milk. That is about all”, she answered sincerely. That explains the missing teeth. Hockey stick took them out, I silently thought. As his mother was talking about the choking experience, he looked away, closing his mouth and eyes tight. The memory of not being able to breathe was still fresh in his mind.
“On top of everything else, he was also witness to a hijacking and robbery a while back. Ever since then he had become tentative, always wanting to be reassured. Now he won’t go to bed alone. He refuses to be at home alone. He is always terrified. No amount of reassurance makes any difference. The entire family is suffering now. We are all worried about him. But, we also have a life.”