My 7-year old daughter developed uncontrolled blinking at the beginning of last year that ended up being undiagnosed strep so she potentially has PANDAS, an autoimmune disease where the strep virus causes neurological problems. In the last six weeks she’s had strep, mononucleosis, a chronic stomach ache, been to a dozen doctor appointments and the emergency room twice. She has been on a gluten-free diet since she’s been been 2 because she would get a rash around her mouth and eyes when she ate it. I’ve raised my daughters with a nutrient-dense diet, they love home-cooked meals, take probiotics, drink fish oil, and know what junky food is.
My personality is not to leave any stone unturned so she has a team of doctors to find out what is making her sick and keep her well, which includes a pediatrician, ophthalmologist, neurologist, cardiologist, functional medicine doctor, and Chinese herbal doctor.
Today she was diagnosed with strep again and still has chronic stomach pain.
No parent wants to see their child suffer, especially for this long of a time. I feel helpless.
What I’ve come to realize through all of the sickness is with all of the healthy food, organic, grass-fed, home cooked meals, vitamins, non-toxic products, I don’t have complete control of my life, or my children’s lives. We should do our best to take care of our body but there are things in our environment and genetics that are out of our control. During times like this I easily feel defeated, overwhelmed with worry, and can’t sleep.
I need to be strong for my children when they are not well so they can trust I will take care of them and protect them. Here is how I take care of myself so I can stay strong.
- Sleep at least 7 hours. For me, this is a game changer. The stress of worry on the body is great and rest is much needed to restore and heal. Take Magnesium Glycinate to calm yourself before bed. Pamper yourself with lavender essential oils on your feet, pillow or diffused into the air.
- Fill your body with nutrient-rich foods. Whole foods, vegetables, fruits, grass-fed and pastured meats, home-cooked meals. Emotional times can cause emotional eating. Stay away from processed and junk foods. These foods won’t provide the nourishment your body needs during hard emotional times.
- Connect with your trusted circle. These are people in your life who you trust with your feelings and vulnerabilities. Share with them your hard time and let them support you.
- Ground yourself in things that are never-changing. This is a verse that helps me get through the day: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
To the health of our children and doing our best to keep them well,