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.
Man Dies Just 48 Hours After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria In Florida – Now His Daughter Wants To Warn Others
Dave Bennett from Tennessee has died 48 hours after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria while on a trip to Florida to visit his daughter.
Taking to Facebook to share the story, Cheryl Bennett Wiygul, explained how her dad, Dave Bennett, contracted Vibrio vulnificus which later killed him and issued a warning that she believes people should heed. In the post she wrote,
“Flesh eating bacteria sounds like an urban legend. Let me assure you that it is not. It took my Dad’s life. This is so raw and personal to me that I did not want to post about it, but if I can help one person, then it is worth it.”
Cheryl revealed that her dad had cancer and as a result, his immune system was compromised. Cheryl’s dad along with the rest of Cheryl’s family had fun and enjoyed family time out in the water near Crab Island during their visit to Florida. They had no idea of what was about to happen.
Before her family’s visit, Cheryl had heard of a 12-year-old girl who had contracted bacteria through an open wound that began to eat her flesh but didn’t think much of it. In her post she writes.
“My parents were coming down to stay with me in Florida about a week after the post about a 12 year old girl contracting bacteria that turned into necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) in Destin started circling around. I didn’t want to believe that.
“My family loves being in the water. Our county, Okaloosa County, posted an article titled “Rumor Control” in response to the post which seemed to diffuse everyone’s fears. The girl had a cut on her leg so I felt like it reinforced to me not to go in with a cut. I researched a little. When my parents got in town I was fanatical about Neosporin and liquid band-aid.
“My Dad didn’t have any open wounds. He had a couple places that were practicality healed small scratches on his arms and legs that I made sure were super sealed up. My mom religiously sun-blocked him. We were taking precautions and we were good, so I thought.”
However, Dave Bennett had unfortunately contracted a potentially deadly bacteria. Early the next morning, on a Saturday, Dave awoke with fever, chills and cramping. Soon afterwards, he developed pain in his legs and a badly swollen black spot on his back.
Dave was rushed to the hospital and put on IV antibiotics. Several spots started to appear on his skin. The next day, on a Sunday, he passed away.
“There were no bacteria warnings at any beach or park we went to,” Cheryl wrote. “They do post advisories for high bacteria but there were none. I would never have taken my Dad in the water if there was a bacteria advisory but it would have been because I didn’t want him to get a stomach virus not because I thought it would kill him.”
Vibrio bacteria live in certain coastal waters and are found in higher concentrations between May and October and is the cause of as many as 100 deaths in the U.S. each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cheryl and her family. May God’s love and grace comfort them.
Please remember to share Cheryl’s warning about this potentially deadly bacteria, You may just save a life.
A plant that can cause LIFETIME blindness & burns is spreading across the US
Heracleum mantegazzianum or ‘the giant hogweed’ has been described by many as a ‘horror’ plant. Hogweed has been constantly spreading and growing across the US states of Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
Hogweed is a beautiful plant but touching it can cause lifelong consequences such as permanent scars and burns or possibly blindness if it comes in contact with your eyes.
It grows between 8-14 feet and has lobed, dark green leaves that can hit 5 feet in diameter.
There are a number of life-threatening plants out there that irritate our skin when touched or poison us if consumed. But giant Hogweed is one of the deadliest.
The plant is known by many names such as cow parsnip, giant cow parsley, cartwheel-flower, or hogsbane.
What makes Hogweed Dangerous?
Hogweed has a special sap that contains a chemical called Photosynthesizing furanocoumarins.
The chemical makes the plant extremely sensitive to light for growth and better health.
When you touch Hogweed, it will immediately make the area of contact extremely prone to sunburns which may lead to skin problems.
“Once you get it on you, it makes your skin unable to protect itself from the sun.”
If by any chance the sap comes in contact with your eyes, the extreme sensitivity to light can possibly cause blindness.
What to do if the sap gets on your skin
To lessen the damage, wash the affected area with soap and water and contact your physician immediately. A doctor may prescribe medicine that will help it heal faster. Cover your skin to protect it from sunlight for the next few days.
If you spot giant hogweed in your backyard, do not try to get rid of it by yourself. Instead, contact a pro plant control specialist as soon as possible.
7-Year-Old’s Bruises Get Worse Daily, By The Time They Realize It’s Meningitis It’s Too Late To Save Her Legs
Everything was going great for Aimee and her new husband, Craig. They were loving every moment of their honeymoon which had just started, but quickly their fairy tale turned into a nightmare.
It all started when their daughter, Brogan, began to develop black and blue marks all over her body. Just 14 days after she stood beside her mom at the altar, little Brogan was left fighting for her life in a hospital bed.
Initially, everyone assumed that Brogan’s bruises were simply a consequence of a child being a child. Even the physicians at a local hospital simply brushed it off for a minor skin issue.
However, when Aimee realized that the spots had spread to the other parts of Brogan’s body, she knew it was something gravely serious.
She immediately rushed to the doctors who realized the cause rapidly this time.
The 7-year-old showed clear indications of meningitis. She was then rushed to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
Meningococcal meningitis is a possible life-threatening illness and seeing as Brogan’s treatment started so late, there wasn’t much that doctors could do. They were forced to amputate Brogan’s left leg in order to save her life.
“It looked nothing like a rash, it looked more like bruising – at the time I never thought it was meningitis and that’s the problem. When people are aware of what symptoms to look out for with meningitis, they say look for a rash but that’s not what it looked like to me.” Aimee explained.
After the amputation, Brogan was fitted with a prosthetic leg to help her walk.
Soon after, the doctors discovered that Brogan’s other leg was also badly affected and was a threat to her life. Last year, the family and the doctors agreed to have it amputated as well.
Thank God Brogan had a strong support system in her family. “Nothing can prepare you for what meningitis does to a body, let alone a little seven-year-old girl,” Lisa Reece, Brogan’s mom’s cousin said.
Blessed with a strong and fighting spirit, she has been able to overcome all challenges life threw her way.
Brogan’s mom, Aimee, says she wants to remind other parents to be on the lookout for odd changes in their children’s bodies so that they can recognize the symptoms in time and don’t have to go through what Brogan has.
Common symptoms of meningitis:
- Sudden high fever
- Severe headache that seems different than normal
- Stiff neck
- Headache with nausea or vomiting
- Confusion or difficulty concentrating
- Sleepiness or difficulty waking
- No appetite or thirst
- Sensitivity to light
- Skin rash (sometimes, such as in meningococcal meningitis)
PS: In newborns, they often show symptoms such as: High fever, Excessive sleepiness or irritability, Poor feeding, Constant crying, Inactivity or sluggishness, Stiffness in a baby’s body and neck and a bulge in the soft spot on top of a baby’s head (fontanel)