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First, good news; this AM, cool as a cucumber. I thought we were making good progress last night when she had enough energy to resist me taking her temp.
I talked again with my chiro-homeo friend yesterday after I posted here. She had me working Bonnie's liver meridian. In her experience virtually every time someone is sick their liver meridian is weak, so it almost always helps to work on it a little.
From the top:
With your child in front of you, you will gently place your fingertips across her forehead, about halfway between eyebrows and hairline. Your thumbs should rest right about where the soft spot is/was.
You can do this technique from the front as well but you must cross your forearms so your right hand is touching the childs right forehead... still palms down though.
Lay the child on her back. Very gently cover one knee with both your hands so that your hands meet over the kneecap. Now with the hand on the thigh side gently grasp the childs wrist (on the same side as the knee)and with the other hand gently grasp the childs ankle, still on the same side. Your touches should all be quite gently. The hand and wrist holds should be in contact with the point little bones on either side of both wrist and ankle. Repeat on other side. (I tried to kneel beside her or lay her across my lap and then either move around her or turn her so I was not reaching over her to do this, but I did reach across a few times when she was resting comfortably and I didn't want to disturb her. Ask someone who knows what they are talking about if this makes a difference!)
Gently touch your child below her right nipple.
Massage above the right shoulder blade. If you find a small knot there, work on it. This is the only place you use anything firmer than a very gentle touch.
I don't know if there is any 'magic number' for how long you are supposed to hold this points. I tried to just center myself and focus on flowing healing energy into my child. Sometimes (particulary on the head) I felt nudged to draw several long deep breathes before moving on. I just tried to flow with it, you know? Also, the first time I tried it felt really hard... like exhausting. That was when I realised I hadn't eaten in about 16 hours. (duh!) I scarfed down a banana and some cereal and tried again. Much better the second time. Remember to take care of yourselves moms! You have to have something to give something to your babe.