The Joy of Isolation

Recently, the Lord had me in a period of isolation. Recently, as in it is ending tomorrow.

Two weeks ago, my oldest son woke with some nasty pink eye. Time to invoke quarantine. I was able to get out here and there, like church, for a brief time, but I couldn’t go anywhere with the kids.

Four days later, in the late evening, I was told some rough and painful news. Too late to call any friends. The next morning, my other three children woke with pink eye.

All events canceled. Four fussy children to care for. I didn’t have time to call anyone. So I did the only thing I could do, lean on the Lord.

Oh wait! THAT is what I needed to do. I see!

For two weeks, I have been in isolation from friends and from leaving the house. But for two weeks the communion with the Lord has been joyful. The words of affirmation, love and affection have been a balm to my soul. The songs of praise He has been bringing to my mind and my lips, have been uplifting. The songs on the radio, or my children’s music cd’s, have been timely. His Word has been confirming and spot on. It has reminded me of His peace and His mercy.

I have to wonder. Would I have had the same communion with the Lord if I hadn’t been in isolation? The Lord knows that I have a failing, a weakness, a propensity to seek human counseling and affirmation before I seek His. The Lord knew that I would need Him, that I would need to hear His voice, that I would need to feel His touch. How gracious He was to me, to put me in isolation, so that all the noise would be gone. Sometimes that noise is truthful and affirming but can still be noise that distracts me from what should be my main source of comfort, the Lord.

Do you need to feel the touch of the Lord, to hear Him, to know you are loved, beautiful, and important? Try a little isolation.

Jachin: An update

Hello everyone!
Jachin is doing fabulously right now. He has been feeling great and we have really enjoyed seeing and experiencing his personality.

Jachin is sleeping 11-12 hours straight! This is a HUGE change. Sometimes during the day he takes an hour nap, depending on what time he got up. In general, his sleep schedule right now is 7:30-7:00. We were able to get his TSH stabilized in April, via supplements, and that is when his sleep starting improving. In August, we adjusted his sleep schedule and that improved his nights even more.

Jachin is eating EVERYTHING in site. For the most part, I prefer scheduled eating times but Jachin needs something different so we have had to make some adjustments. He grazes. Within about 30 minutes of breakfast, he starts eating again. He almost always has food on the table that he is in the process of eating. He isn’t allowed to take the food around the house and has to sit down at the table to eat it. (We have to have some manners). His digestion has normalized. His stools rarely have undigested food in them and his stomach is rarely distended after eating. The biggest difference is that he WANTS to eat. It was always a battle to get him to eat and now he won’t stop. Anyone need a 2 year old to do some work around the house for them to help him pay for his food? We are sooo going broke. 🙂

We recently went to the pediatrician and they did a urine sample. His urine was free of protein and ketones. In April, both were in his urine and there was a concern that he might have Type 1 diabetes. Therefore, we were overjoyed to see the results of this latest urine test.

For the first time in 10 months, Jachin has gained weight!!!  He has reached 25 pounds. This is awesome!! I have noticed that some of his shirts are getting smaller. I am excited about this as I am sooo tired of his wardrobe. 🙂

How is Jachin developmentally?

His mental development has all but caught up. He is counting, singing ABC’s, and naming shapes and colors. His speech is also clearing up quite a bit. He is using full sentences (his first full sentence was “I do not want to obey”), and has become understandable to more people than just us.

His physical development is still behind. We estimate that he is about 1 year behind on his physical growth. The good news is that his weight gain has triggered his 2 year molars to come in. Getting excited about teething seems a bit weird but boy are we excited! We aren’t too worried about his size though as long as everything else is still going well. He was 1 percentile for height and 2 percentile for weight in August. We estimate that as long as this upward trend continues, it will take about 2 years for him to catch up physically.

What supplements is he getting?
We have been able to reduce a lot of his supplements which helps my stress level. He is still getting a supplement to treat candida. We are giving him a glutathione supplement (this was low in one of his tests), he is getting an anti-oxidant drink with some essential oils in it, a good multi-vitamin with minerals and amino acids, an iron supplement, and a good probiotic. That is it. Five months ago, he was on about triple the number of supplements.

So, what is next?

We received the results of his heavy metals testing. He did have high levels of some heavy metals but they had not reached the toxic levels. We will begin treating him with essential oils to help his body pull out and detox the heavy metals. I have been reticent to start this as he is so happy and often when you start detoxing, it can cause behavioral issues. In the long run, it will be better for him to get those high levels out of his body so we will just have to bite the bullet and start.

Re-test.  A lot of re-testing. We need to re-test him to see if his candida levels have lowered, re-test his blood to check his iron and TSH, and re-test his heavy metals levels after treatment. All this testing will be done around the end of October and throughout the month of November. He turns 3 at the end of November and I would like to have fresh information on everything by then.

So any luck on the finding the root cause? You know, I have a hypothesis. I am not sure there is one specific root cause. I am leaning more towards the idea that there was a domino effect. He didn’t want solids and refused to eat them until I finally made him around 9 months. I don’t think he was getting enough nutrition and this caused some deficiencies in minerals and vitamins. In turn, this would have lowered his immune system which would have allowed the candida to grow. Candida eats glutathione which is in your brain and helps your body detox. He couldn’t detox the heavy metals that he was getting from his normal environment. He wasn’t digesting well and it hurt his stomach to eat. Oxalates are a by-product of candida and it settles in the joints. His levels were extremely high and were probably causing him pain. His body was under stress which can affect your thyroid, etc. etc. I can’t prove this hypothesis but that is what I am thinking happened. As we have been addressing individual symptoms and issues, we have been able to see him improve so much and that is what matters. If there is a root cause that we haven’t found, then so be it and hopefully one day we will. Right now, I can tell you he is happy, full of life, intelligent, strong-willed, and healing. Therefore, we will continue on the path we are on, until or if, we need to change it.