Babies, Puppies and Coconut Oil

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.

Baby Tyler

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.

2 thoughts on “Babies, Puppies and Coconut Oil

  1. Tammy says:

    Thanks for the info about Coconut oil! I recently downloaded the book you referenced for my iPad and am starting to read it! I also just made my first purchase of coconut oil! Any websites that you recommend with best uses for it in cooking or does Bruce Fife explain it further into his book (I’m only a chater or two into it)?

  2. Sande Willoughby says:

    Hey Joann,
    Loved the pics, and learning about Coconut oil. I think I’ll get some for Mark. He has an itchy, rash, which could be excema.
    Be Well.

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