Six kids in their beds at three thirty in the afternoon. My cup of tea is steaming next to me and a cool breeze is blessing my shoulders. I almost didn’t want to write all of that, and if I was superstitious, I would hunt down some wood to knock on right now. Half an hour ago, it was pretty much the opposite! Electric guitar blaring, tears, running in circles. Hold on. Scratch the “everyone being in their beds” part. One just crawled out from underneath MY bed. At least they’re quiet. And that’s what mama needs right now. It’s been a wonderful yet challenging summer for us! Living in a half-torn-up living area, and lots of doctors visits for Matthew. This morning was his 10th visit this year to his ENT’s. It included another tube put in the one ear, which should provide some much-needed relief from a ton of pressure he’s been having! In addition to the infusions last month, it’s been a lot. Frankly, it stinks. Because even though everything looks really clear (yay!) his entire ear nose and throat anatomy is not the way it was before Wegener’s. It’s not even the same as it was a few years ago! His body doesn’t have the ability to naturally move mucous from his nose and sinuses to his throat. He rinses 3-4 times a day with saline just to keep it as clear as possible. Even then, junk starts to collect, because there is only so much a couple pints of salt water can do. We take stock in sea salt, and (next to me) the neti pot is his best friend. We live in exciting times, where super smart people are inventing things and even surgeries he’s had done in the past are more laparoscopic than ten or two years ago! So, perhaps something will become available in the future to help repair the scar tissue and missing parts in his upper respiratory system that have gone AWAL from this disease. We are incredibly grateful for the good care of his doctors. We have been encouraged by them to keep taking our favorite supplements, which target gut health, balance and inflammation, and to stay consistent with an anti-inflammatory diet. What a gift to have doctors who have the incredible expertise and knowledge as they do, and who also encourage plant-based medicine as much as possible!
After many many late night classes and studying, I am now a Certified Natural Health Professional. My goal is to continue to use what God has taught me and is continuing to teach me… through our own health journey, and being a CNHP, to educate and encourage others in their health journeys! Our four oldest kiddos went to soccer camp last week. It was wild being a mom of two again. Betty couldn’t stop saying how “peaceful” it was. She cracks me up every day! Like yesterday, when I pulled up to the curb to park. Parallel parking in Silver Belle is becoming more second nature, but it’s still challenging to line up a 12-passenger van on a city street. As we got out she said, “Let’s see how you parked.” Thankfully, I “passed”, because she gave me two thumbs up. “Pretty good!”
Harry continues to melt our hearts into puddles, all over, every day. At 8 months, he has four teeth now and loves to eat absolutely everything. Recent discoveries being fished out of his mouth include a mancala piece, legos, an ear bud, a bug, egg shells, rocks, drywall, and spackle. This does not include the disgusting little bits of food that I never knew existed underneath the refrigerator and dishwasher… until a crawling baby whose favorite pastime is finding tiny chokable bits and pieces wherever his darling chubby fingers can reach! He loves to wave “bye-bye”, drink out of a straw, make car sounds, bang things together, and call his favorite elephant “Bo-bo”.
Nadine & Elijah start high school in one month. We all have an element of nervous excitement about this brand new experience! Now that I’m able to take a break from my classes, it’s time to start school planning for the other three. Elsie, my resident interior designer, has plans and ideas of making one of the bedrooms into a school room. This idea is under discussion. If baby brother would consistently sleep through the night, I would be much more inclined to the idea! Stay tuned.
Well, my hour is up, and every. single. child. has come to my room. Haha! Time to get a celebratory dinner together! Cheers to big dreams, becoming a CNHP, a new ear tube, and a beautiful life!