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The last few weeks have been unusually busy. Jenny, my third daughter, had a C-section. The C-section was not expected and threw everything into high gear. Not only does she have to heal from the operation and care for newborn, Tyler, but she has a 24-month-old son, Tristan, as well.
We kept Tristan with us while Jenny was in the hospital. After she came home, Tristan, my two puppies, Darla and Spanky, and I moved into her home. Jenny’s husband’s work schedule makes it impossible for him to take off much time.
I was changing diapers, cleaning and my hands were constantly in water. Between everything that was going on, I managed to get an infected finger. Don’t know exactly how I did that. Could be one of the puppy’s razor sharp teeth punctured my ring finger on my right hand. But I don’t know for sure. Their teeth are like little needles.
Anyway, I didn’t pay too much attention to it. I was busy and away from my home. In a couple of days, it was bright red and swollen. I was using coconut oil as a hand cream, but it didn’t make much difference. I called and made a doctor’s appointment. The night before I went in, my finger was throbbing so much I had difficulty sleeping. All I wanted at that point was for the pain to go away.
The doctor used a sterile needle to puncture the infected area and relieved the pressure. He wrote me a prescription for an antibiotic, which I was very hesitant to take. I don’t do well on antibiotics. I always end up with the antibiotic killing EVERYTHING and I’m stuck with antibiotic diarrhea. This can take months to resolve, even though I take probiotics.
When I explained this to my doctor, he insisted my body wouldn’t fight of the infection on it’s own. After all, my finger was a sight to see.
He did say I could wait about 12 hours before taking the medicine to see if there was any improvement. Once the pressure was released, I experience some relief from the pain. My finger was still twice the normal size and red.
I wanted to try something other than an antibiotic. Coconut oil has the ability to kill viruses and bacteria. It’s a natural antibiotic. Bruce Fife explains in “The Coconut Oil Miracle,” “The fatty acids in coconut oil can kill herpes, Epstein-Barr viruses, Candida, Girdia, and a variety of other infections organisms.” He didn’t write anything about a finger infection. I already regularly consume several tablespoons of the coconut oil every day in my food and even in my tea.
Spanky & Darla
On the way to the doctors I remembered reading in Fife’s book, for persistent eczema he suggested a gauze bandage should be soaked in coconut oil and wrapped around the area. To keep it moist, Saran (plastic) wrap should be placed over the bandage. I thought it would be worth a try on my infected finger. So, that night I wrapped my finger in a coconut oil soaked gauze bandage and prayed for the best.
In the morning there was a dramatic difference. I was kicking myself for not doing a little bathroom surgery on my finger to relieve the pressure myself and wrapping it in coconut oil earlier. The trip to the doctors cost me over $100. Plus I purchased the antibiotic (just in case). A week later, I have yet to take the medicine and my finger shows no sign of infection at all!
I’m sorry, I didn’t take a photo of my swollen, red finger (it was gross), just so I could have a before and after picture. I didn’t think of it at the time. Oh well, it’s more fun to look at pictures of a baby and puppies anyway.