The father was well aware of the fact that eczema in children is often accompanied byasthma, that sometimes a fully blown bronchial asthma develops after the eczema, thiswas another cause of worries about the girl's future. After all, asthma could be a life-threatening disease. Through further inquiry I learnt that the girl behaved well in the pre-school, that she was sociable, that she was fond of sweets and refused to eat meat, exceptfor chicken. She eat little and she loved margarine. She drunk a lot, only cold drinks, thehot drinks she refused. Rather shy, her timidity became more pronounced as she wasgetting older.The following day the father collected from me a vial with white lens-like pills, describedas
. He was instructed to give the child a single pill to be sucked in the mouthwithout any water. One hour before taking it and one hour after, no food nor drink. Withit came my advice to stop any current orthodox treatment, at least two days before takingthe remedy. This made the father hesitant, though he agreed with the former. Hemaintained that if the child would not get her treatment, she would suffer a lot and theointment would have to be quickly applied. I said, however, that the psychological effectof the remedy could be almost instant, that the remedy would soon relieve the suffering,even though in the early stages of treatment the eczema would not be affected or it mayeven get a little worse. With regard to the eczema they had to be patient, the treatmentand the cure of a chronic illness is a long term proposition. The doctor left full of determination, but also full of doubts.For three months I had no news from them, until the phone rang late at night. I heard therather anxious and somewhat exasperated voice of the paediatrician from SouthernBohemia: "What should we do?! It's awful! We did everything as you'd told us. For threemonths she's not been on any medication - and, indeed, the pains and the itch had gonealmost immediately. Now she sleeps well and so do we. But the eczema's hardly changed.And the cough! The last two days she's been coughing herself to near exhaustion. Thefact is, she's no longer so asthmatic. But this dreadful cough! She coughs almostconstantly. Shouldn't I give her some cough mixture?""No," I answered. "Just hang on in there. Don't do anything just yet, call me in two days."Again several months went by, without any news from them. Then, unannounced, oneday they invaded my flat. They were joyful and they looked happy. Alenka had noeczema and no other problems. The cough went away the day after the phone call, andafter that the eczema gradually disappeared. First in the face, then on the body, last on thelegs. The child was healthy and for six months she had not taken any chemicalpreparations or any other medication. Such are moments, when one feels that things inthis world must have some purpose.Approximately a year after our first meeting they visited me for the third time. Alenkawas still all right, but they said that occasionally a light eczema had appeared in the foldsof her elbows. She was given
, a single dose.