Bobby was nine years old when I met him. He raced around the house, seemingly unable to sit still for one minute. His case history was long and involved.
During pregnancy Tara had suffered from severe hemorrhaging complications. She was hospitalized on and off throughout her pregnancy. The labor was long. When Bobby finally arrived, he was two months overdue and weighed five pounds.
By the age of 2 Vi Bobby had all the symptoms of hyperactivity. The neurologist put him on Ritalin, a commonly used drug for this ailment. The drug only made Bobby worse, and it was stopped after six weeks. Between the ages of three and four Bobby spent many months in the hospital with frequent attacks of pneumonia. For a year he was on V-cillin, a drug to combat pneumonia. During that time he had an electroencephalogram (EEG) to record the electrical activity of his brain: the EEG was irregular but with no definable pattern. On psychological tests he had a very high I.Q,
At this point the physician felt Bobby was emotionally disturbed and not hyperactive. Tara agreed. His emotional disturbance was the result of an alcoholic father who abused both the mother and son. By the time Bobby was five Tara had gotten a divorce and placed both herself and her son under psychoanalysis.
The psychiatrist who headed up the program became concerned that Bobby was experiencing constant bed-wetting (enuresis). Through testing it was found that Bobby's bladder had not grown since birth: it could hold only 75 cc of fluid, as opposed to 250 cc for most children his age. As Bobby got older his lack of control worsened. An urologist informed Tara that by the onset of puberty the hormonal change would hopefully encourage the growth of the bladder. Meanwhile, Bobby had constant bladder infections, and the doctor recommended that if the bladder did not grow it should be surgically removed or an operation should be performed on the bladder muscles: Tara was undecided at that point. Bobby had to wear diapers and urinate every one to two hours to keep from contracting another infection.
At age six Bobby developed severe migraine headaches. He also experienced loss of balance and eyesight, accompanied by prolonged bouts with vomiting. When these migraines continued for more than a week, he was hospitalized for the vomiting. The doctors found nothing but the same old strange EEG pattern and nothing on the brain scan. The psychiatrist called the problems emotional, and the chiropractor said they were caused by subluxation of vertebrae: at times the chiropractor was able to relieve the headaches. During his last hospitalization Bobby had an I.Q. test score of 145 but a motor-sensory level of 75. He was then classified as motor-sensory brain damaged. Although he communicated and read very well, when he entered the third grade he was unable to write legibly and had problems learning cursive writing. He also lost his balance often, could not skip and ran with difficulty.
From ages six to eight Bobby went to a psychiatrist who helped him to understand his emotional nature and comprehend his father's alcoholism. By age nine Bobby had few behavioral problems left and was becoming well-adjusted. At that age he weighed 42 pounds. His bouts with vomiting had not stopped: he was either nauseated or throwing up 50 per cent of the time. The GI series had revealed nothing. Tara had to give him only foods that would not upset his stomach, such as fruit juices and cheese. He could not drink milk or eat breads, cereals or vegetables. He ate a great deal of meat, especially beef.
Another problem contributing to his poor digestion is a birth defect involving a third degree malocclusion. The teeth of his upper and lower jaws do not meet to allow him to chew food properly. This lack of mastication and a consequent habit of swallowing food whole contributed greatly to his vomiting: if Tara had allowed him, he would have subsisted on a liquid diet. She finally found an orthodontist who would reform the teeth and jaws by removing all Bobby's baby teeth and realigning his permanent teeth as they were coming in to establish a bite. Tara was pleased with the results. "■■'-•- )■■■ p-.-l.
The Natal Chart (Figure 23)
Bobby's problems were obviously emotional as well as physical. The Moon is very prominent in his
Figure 23 BOBBY'S NATAL CHART
Figure 23 BOBBY'S NATAL CHART
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