“My son Joseph is now almost 16 years old. He developed asthma at an early age around 7 years old.
Over time we worked out that he was allergic to dust mite, pollen and grass.
However, his worst time of the year starts in the autumn when it gets cold and damp. He gets increasingly more blocked up and chesty.
Before we came to see Dr Lily he was prescribed brown inhalers and had to inhale twice a day every day and he had a blue inhaler in case he was wheezy. In the autumn and winter he would get ill from the chestiness and would then need between 10 days and 3 weeks to recover enough to go back to school. I never felt that he was able to truly recover but rather just ‘got on with it’ at some point. I believe that he never knew what it meant to be completely well.
I did not think the use of regular inhalers was a long term option especially as it didn’t even seem to help him to be well so we started to see Dr Lily.
Dr Lily warned us that with such a constitutional issue it would take some time to see the first changes. Already after three months Joseph out of himself stopped the brown inhaler he was sure he did not need it anymore.
This is now the third autumn that we see Dr Lily and Joseph has improved from year to year. He still gets some chestiness, He may be off school for a day or two but he is a different person.
Before seeing Dr Lily Joseph was in bed for at least 4 weeks each winter, now it is maybe 5 days at most for the last 2 winters. There has been no further need for brown inhalers and Joseph only needs to take the blue inhaler occasionally.
This autumn Joseph got chesty early on and as a mother I felt downcast and worried that he was getting back to hoe he used to be. However, after only two days in bed he was completely sure that he was better and he has managed fine since then.
Joseph himself is able to say that he now knows what it feels like to feel energetic and well.
With Dr Lily’s medication it was the first time that Joseph showed interest and commitment to take medication. He himself felt and said that the medication is good for him and that he wanted to take it.”