My Daughter’s Health Part 2

If you are just joining me on reading the story of my daughter’s health click here to read part 1.

Now I am not a hug-a-tree kinda girl.  I don’t eat organic, vegan, or vegetarian.  My first preference is not broccoli and I don’t exercise near the amount I should.  I could easily handle to lose 20 pounds and have a sweet tooth that could rival anyone.  I don’t take vitamins and don’t check labels.  I say all that to say looking at alternative medicine wasn’t in my DNA. But I was committed to finding someone in the world that could help my daughter. I was a desperate woman willing to try anything to help her daughter feel better again.  And I was so sad to see the miserable look in my daughter’s eyes when she couldn’t breath, didn’t feel well, and was tired all the time.

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When I lived in the Portland area I had come across a kinesiologist (one who specializes in how the brain functions with the body and human movement) that helped me overcome a tailbone injury (long story) after failed attempts with a chiropractor, physical therapist and MD.  So I went to her site and started googling some of those those same terms trying to find something similar in the Indianapolis area.

Through my research I came to Google Dr. Tom Eyrich.  He was a holistic doctor on the Northside of Indianapolis and the things on his site made sense to me.  Jaded from traditional medicine I decided to give Dr. Tom a try.  So I packed up my sick little girl (who at this time had excema, a cold, and an ear infection) and took her to see Dr. Tom. What immediately impressed me about Dr. Tom was his holistic approach.  Everything in the body is connected.  He didn’t just look at her snotty nose or her eczema.  In fact he didn’t look at those at all.  He wasn’t about just treating her nose or ears he was looking at her entire body as one.  He then educated me about the dangers of antibiotics in that 80% of your immunity is in your gut.  And that when you take an antibiotic it can’t decipher between good bacteria and bad so it kills everything.  When you strip all the good bacteria you are stripping the body of the natural antibodies that is used to fight off intruders.  He said that there would be so much less sickness if people would just take a good probiotic after they were on an antibiotic.  Unfortunately for Kayla we had given her so many antibiotics that her body pretty much gave up the fight and just waited for us to give her an antibiotic.  So her immunity was pretty much nill.Metagenics-Ultra-Flora-Plus-Balance-755571031143

So Dr. Tom’s first encouragement was to get her body fighting again.  Immediately he started us on Immunity Booster Drops, Probiotics and an Immunity spray.  We were on a daily regimen multiple times a day all taken orally.  Within two weeks my happy little girl was starting to come back.  We also started going weekly to Dr. Tom for accupressure, body work and chiropractic care which helped a ton in getting her core aligned, and organs to functioning properly.

After about 2 months Kayla was doing amazing – the healthiest I had ever seen her.  We continued on with the supplement regimen three times a day and then went to Dr. Tom monthly for about 4 months.  Then we stopped.  What we were all hoping was that the boost in her immunity was all she needed and then her immunity would be rebuilt and she would function like a normal, healthy child.  And for about two months she was.

Then in October something strange happened.  She got this little cut on her nose. Within weeks this little cut (we are talking paper cut) got infected and turned bulbous.

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It seemed to be getting worse and larger and every time she knocked it bleeding would occur. She was starting to get self-conscious about it and her friends were starting to ask her what is on her nose.  So we decided if it was still there after the new year we would take her to a doctor and see what could be done.

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Comments

  1. kristin marvin says:

    Oh Beckie…you keep doing this to me! I was so sad to hear of your daughters health issues (in your first post) and the pain and frustration you and your husband must have dealt with during those years. Then you leave me hanging–again! Let me just say, that although I don’t know the end result, what her “sickness” was, or how long you dealt with this, I can say I have gone through some health issues with our oldest since she was a baby. It was not the worst one can imagine for a child but a struggle and learning experience nonetheless. Knowledge, time, faith, and understanding help to get us through. I look forward to hearing the rest of your daughter’s story. Until then…I think I need to send you my Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. They are stocked in the freezer every day! And I can meet you on the 20 pounds which I had lost when I stopped the treats. I started the cookie binge again and here I am back up again. Oh well–I let that go and enjoy my cookies along with the rest of life!
    Take care,
    Kristin

  2. amandascookin says:

    I’m glad to see there was some improvement! Also glad you found a doctor that looked elsewhere for answers. I hope that the nose issue has a happy ending!

  3. Oh, no! I want to know more. I pray your daughter is much, much better!

  4. Hmmmmm…. I was with ‘ya on the kinesiologist, understanding it all and relating, but the cut under the nose development is a new one to this mom of six.

  5. I am a firm believer in natural healing and natural care. I rarely go to the doctor. Instead, I use herbs to treat what ails me. Even an ear infection that would have sent me to the doc, now I treat myself, and have never felt better, other than my weight, which I also could easily stand to lose about 20. I hope you find a healthy balance for your beautiful Kayla!

  6. nohorseslaughter says:

    Just remember all medicines, including antibiotics and steroids, are useful and helpful to many people. Every treatment has a side effect or two, or twenty, even those ‘natural’ medicines. Many of them are the same as the Big Pharma products, just without the testing and pill delivery system. Education is key… the more you learn the better you can advocate for yourself and your family.

  7. I am so sorry you have to deal with this daily struggle and worry. It is so frightening with our children struggle with health issues that we cannot seem to control, or find answers for. One of my daughters was born with an ear infection (complicated C-Section for twins) and an immunity to the regular strain of antibiotics. It was often frightening how strong of medicine we had to give her. I am not a firm believer in antibiotics, and try to avoid them and follow the course of probiotics when I do need them. With that said, my daughter is a healthy and strong 11 almost 12 year old now. I so hope and pray your whole body healer will be able to find a solution and treatment for her little nose. Hang in there, it will get better.

  8. This reminds me so, so much of my two-year-old son. Antibiotics do next to nothing anymore because he was on them for a week straight to treat meningitis when he was a month old. Who knows what else it has affected. I look forward to reading more of your daughter’s story as she seems to be a couple steps ahead of him in the process. Thank you so much for sharing, Beckie!

    ~Abby =)

  9. I’m sorry your little one has to go through this. I just wanted to mention that I was working with a nutritionist recently and she put me on the same probiotic. She’s also of the same mindset that health begins in the gut. I have a lot of allergies and since I started taking the probiotic, I didn’t need to use Zyrtec at all this season. Maybe your little girl needs to stay on the probiotic, check with your doctor of course. If you don’t mind me saying, I wouldn’t wait to find out about her nose. The cut and growth is reacting to something, let them sample it and find out what’s going on so you can treat it now. Hang in there & best wishes for beautiful little Kayla!

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment, Gina. I appreciate your concern and advice. There have been some developments with Kayla’s nose since I left off, so please stay tuned to read more!

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