I think I am God sometimes. And that is a heavy load. I know I am not God. But sometimes, when it comes to caring for my children, I think I have to do it all alone. I often forget to ask God for help. And then, when I do ask Him, I act like He won’t really help me. When we started our health journey almost four years ago, I realized that the medical industry wasn’t going to be much help to me when it came to the healing of my children. And that is a lonely, scary feeling when you are raising a passel of children. Don’t get me wrong. I know there is a place for Western Medicine. If I, or my family members, are ever in a car accident, or slice off a finger, I am very happy that I have an Emergency Room to go to in order to get checked out and or sewn up. But our problems have not been the “emergent” type. We have dealt with things like migraines, eczema, UTI’s, asthma, hay fever, ear infections, food allergies, colds, stomach bugs, emotional problems, constipation, eye infections, behavior problems, etc.
When we first changed our diet, all we did was eliminate dairy, gluten, and some, but not all, sugar. At this time, my daughter Josia had just been given another inhaler for her asthma. She was taking two different inhalers every 6 hours. After the first week of eliminating gluten and dairy, Josia no longer needed her inhalers. She has not needed them since. This was a HUGE eye opener for me. I had worked as a Registered Nurse for many years. I worked in the ICU, ER, Pediatrics, Medical Surgical floors, and I had NEVER once heard that eliminating any kind of food could help ones asthma! After we had the twins (foster to adopt) for three months, I had taken them to their Pulmonologist (lung specialist) and not once was I asked what I was feeding them. Not one question about their food intake. I kept getting asked if I was giving them their meds. I told them that no, they weren’t on their meds because they were not having any symptoms. No wheezing, no coughing, no difficulty breathing. Once we changed their diet to the GAPS diet, their lung, skin, and ear infections disappeared. There is a HUGE disconnect between health and nutrition in the medical industry. Because I have seen the amazing transformation that good nutrition has provided our family, I have lost my confidence in the medical establishment. So, I feel often that I am a lone ranger on this journey to health. And although it has been at times a scary journey, I must tell you that I wouldn’t want to be on any other journey. I absolutely love what I do with my life. I love giving my children nourishing food and watching them thrive. I love that they have embraced good nutrition and I know that for the most part, they will carry this knowledge with them and pass it on to my grandchildren. It is so very rewarding. And I feel so very blessed. Most of the time. But then, one of my kids will get sick. And I will get scared.
But you know what? God keeps showing me I am not alone. He sends his calming peace when things get very hard. He sends his children to my aid when I don’t know what else to do. Over and over I have been shown the path to health and wellness.
My friend Shayla is an example. Shayla mentioned to me that my lower back pain may be due to my kidneys (my back would only hurt at night when I was trying to sleep). For the past year, I have been doing a series of liver and gall bladder cleanses. In the book I read it was strongly suggested that after doing 3-4 liver cleanses, a person ought to do a kidney cleanse. I knew this, but I didn’t have the gumption to get the kidney tea herbs together. Then Lily started experiencing UTI symptoms. Lily has done 7 liver cleanses this past year and is past due for a kidney cleanse as well as I. I had been doing homeopathy and natural remedies for Lily’s UTI symptoms. These remedies would work for 5-7 days, then her UTI symptoms would come back. I could feel the stress pressing down on my shoulders. Here was another health problem that I couldn’t fix! But, alas, Shayla came to our rescue. She had been gathering all the herbs for the cleanse for me. Lily and I started the cleanse 10 days ago. My back pain is gone at night and her UTI symptoms are gone. Now, I know from experience that I need more time to see if the UTI symptom and my back pain are gone for good. I will keep you posted. But for now, I am comforted because God has sent another one of His children to my aid. He keeps proving over and over that I am in fact, not on this journey alone.