Hanging out in the back yard with Lucas. We just put 3 new goldfish in our little pond.
Keandre's diagnosis has pretty much stopped us in our tracks. It's not that his health issues are worse today than they were last week or even 3 months ago. Rather, it's the fact that an official diagnosis us forced us to realize that this issue is not going to go away easily, and we need to focus as much energy as possible on helping him heal.
Our day-to-day schedule includes serving up medications, supplements, and vitamins many times a day. Nine times a day, to be exact. (Wow -- no wonder it feels like a lot!) The good news is that it is helping. His eczema is improving dramatically, and he has been off of daily allergy medications for a month for the first time since he was less than a year old. That is no small miracle!
We have to be very careful about what Keandre eats. We avoid his life-threatening food allergies -- dairy, eggs, nuts -- as well as coconut and other foods he has reacted to -- like fresh blueberries. It takes planning to make sure he has a balanced diet. We focus on lots of whole, fresh foods and home-cooked meals. We are learning a lot about healthy fats, traditional cooking, the importance of buying organic food, etc. This has been good for the whole family! I am so very thankful that Keandre likes vegetables, since they are a staple in his diet. ("Steamed butternut squash or sweet potatoes, anyone?")
We track his symptoms very carefully. How does he feel when he first wakes up? Did his medication seem to help at all today? How much pain is he experiencing, and how often has he thrown up? It is time consuming to track all of this, but we are hoping to see a pattern that will help.
With all of the prayer and effort we are investing into Keandre's health, we feel it's realistic to be hopeful.
We hope for healing. And we hope that someday we won't hear phrases like this on such a regular basis:
"Mom! Keandre is throwing up in the backyard!"
"Keandre, stop running around or you'll throw up."
"Daddy, my tummy is hurting. And my throat."
"Mom, is it okay for me to try eating again?"
"I'm sick today. I have a tummy bug." (Said almost daily, first thing in the morning.)It is heart-wrenching to watch our little guy suffer this way. And it is exhausting to wrap our minds around the reality of this condition in combination with his food allergies.
But we trust God with all of this.
We are still hopeful.
And so very thankful for our doctors -- traditional and naturopathic* -- who are helping our sweetie.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. It makes a difference.
*Did you know that in Arizona, naturopathic doctors have four years of medical school as well as their other naturopathic training? I didn't! What a blessing, considering there are states where alternative approaches are not regulated and an online degree can suffice!