Almost a year ago Adam and I made the decision to take a chance with naturalpathic medicine. I had some friends tell me about their experiences with a local women who uses nutritional response testing to help heal the body. To be honest, I thought my friends were completely crazy -- I'm a person who is very medically driven, after all Gavin was about as medicated as you can possibly get.
After Angela's seizures became out of control, with her seizing over three hundred times a day even with lots of medication, we decided to take the chance -- to step out of my comfort zone and see what this naturalpathic medicine was all about.
Of course amazing things happened for Angela including her being totally seizure free for almost nine months now, but big things have also been happening for this little guy. He's been home over two years and we hardly recognize the kid he used to be.
About four months ago this little boy was very medicated. He was on seizure meds and a combination of psychotrophic meds to help control his behavior and emotional instability. Children with severe brain trauma, especially in the frontal lobe, often deal with very difficult behavior. It's not typical little boy temper tantrum behavior, is very sad emotional deregulation, head banging, crawling out of your skin type behavior. Very difficult to watch.
We had put him on these meds along with his neurologist to help him find relief. But what we saw after, was almost just as disturbing -- glazed over eyes, lack of development and sedation. Totally not what we wanted.
So we starting taking Jayden to the Naturalpath with his sister to see if we could get the same amazing results for him. Wow. What a huge difference we have seen. The first months were horrible, as he detoxed from all his meds, but now it is amazing to watching his little brain wake up now that he is medication free.
He is walking at times with perfect gait. He can now stand still with perfect balance for short periods of time and even walk backwards and do little squats. He is now able to use his hands, which is probably the most noticeable change. Prior to taking him off all medication he had no use of his hands -- they were so floppy. If he wanted to play with a toy he could but if you handed him anything he would just drop it. He now can walk over to the toy box, open it up, dig through, pick out a toy and carry it into another room! He also can throw and like a typical child has learned to hit and smack, which thankfully has lost its novelty.
It has simply been amazing to watch the process occur. He continues to shock us daily with his new skills. The other day he walked up the formula cabinet, was able to choose his food out of the three different types of formula we use in our home, and bring his food to me to eat. These are huge skills -- life skills. If he drops an object he will get down on his knees to look for it under the couch -- again this is higher level processing that a kid with his level of brain injury simply should not be doing.
We take the kids every other week to get re-tested to the exact supplements and dosages they take. Both Angela and Jayden take about ten different supplements each and are given right into their feeding tubes. Insurance does not pick up the cost, but with careful budgeting and planning we have been able to make it happen. We feel it's a priority above other comfort things we could be buying instead -- they are totally worth the sacrifice.
What I once thought was crazy -- I now consider part of our miracle. It's so amazing to watch God help restore Jayden's little mind. We are believing for big things in his life and can't wait to see what the rest of this year has in store!