Bumps in the road

Things don't always go the way we've planned. Sometimes there are bumps in the road, and we just have to trust that the Lord's way is the best way. That's what I've been trying to do this week. Warmer weather has brought with it beautiful days. It also brought the perfect conditions for Mickey to have a flare-up of bronchial asthma. As a baby and toddler he suffered from severe food allergies. We carefully monitored his diet and kept him away from the dangerous foods that would cause his little airways to close up and his body to break out in hives. In the last couple of years he has seemed to outgrow most of these food sensitivities, at least by outward appearances. Yesterday what I thought would be a routine doctor visit for Mickey turned out to be a very perplexing one. The doctor wanted to check his oxygen levels, and I was shocked when the reading would not go above 91. After listening to his lungs, the doctor announced that my boy's wheezing called for an immediate breathing treatment. After the treatment the oxygen levels were checked again but did not show an increase. The doctor ordered another treatment. I was not happy about all this medicine going into Mickey's body, but concern won out and I agreed to another treatment. The levels still did not go up very much after the second treatment. A trip to the hospital was alluded to, but thankfully the doctor didn't bring it up again. The scariest part for me was that I hadn't even noticed any wheezing in the first place. I guess I've just gotten used to the congestion that he always battles. We left the doctor's office with four prescriptions and orders for Mickey to go home and take it easy. All parents feel differently about giving prescription medications to their kids, and I am not going to pass judgment on how anyone feels about it. We prefer to take the natural route as much as possible. We are blessed to have a lady in our church who has a lot of knowledge about natural treatment. We visited her yesterday afternoon and saw immediate improvement in Mickey's breathing. This morning we went back to the doctor for another check of his oxygen level and were very pleased that it was up to 96. Woohoo! We're going to try to stay away from the meds and continue with the natural treatment. Peanut products are definitely back on the danger list again and will have to be avoided. Mickey has been doing his schoolwork here at home and spending as much time as possible out in the fresh air. This afternoon he helped me refill the bird feeders and get them hung up. We also watched the dogs tumble about and laughed at their silliness. These two have become very good friends. With the kids playing nearby under the shade of a tree I was able to tackle some weeding. The recent freeze killed every green leaf left on the plants and shrubbery, yet somehow the weeds seem to have gotten a new lease on life. It felt so good to get my hands in the dirt. :)So, you can see that even though the last two days have not gone according to my plans, we're accomplishing what we can. In the midst of running back and forth to town and sitting in crowded waiting rooms filled with coughing children I am constantly reminding myself that I am so blessed to have healthy kids. I'm also blessed to be able to be a full-time mom and take care of them. God's ways are not always my ways. In the big scheme of things my way is not important, but following the path that He has for me is.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5,6 KJV

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Bumps in the road
Things don't always go the way we've planned. Sometimes there are bumps in the road, and we just have to trust that the Lord's way is the best way. That's what I've been trying to do this week. Warmer weather has brought with it beautiful days. It also brought the perfect conditions for Mickey to have a flare-up of bronchial asthma. As a baby and toddler he suffered from severe food allergies. We carefully monitored his diet and kept him away from the dangerous foods that would cause his little airways to close up and his body to break out in hives. In the last couple of years he has seemed to outgrow most of these food sensitivities, at least by outward appearances. Yesterday what I thought would be a routine doctor visit for Mickey turned out to be a very perplexing one. The doctor wanted to check his oxygen levels, and I was shocked when the reading would not go above 91. After listening to his lungs, the doctor announced that my boy's wheezing called for an immediate breathing treatment. After the treatment the oxygen levels were checked again but did not show an increase. The doctor ordered another treatment. I was not happy about all this medicine going into Mickey's body, but concern won out and I agreed to another treatment. The levels still did not go up very much after the second treatment. A trip to the hospital was alluded to, but thankfully the doctor didn't bring it up again. The scariest part for me was that I hadn't even noticed any wheezing in the first place. I guess I've just gotten used to the congestion that he always battles. We left the doctor's office with four prescriptions and orders for Mickey to go home and take it easy. All parents feel differently about giving prescription medications to their kids, and I am not going to pass judgment on how anyone feels about it. We prefer to take the natural route as much as possible. We are blessed to have a lady in our church who has a lot of knowledge about natural treatment. We visited her yesterday afternoon and saw immediate improvement in Mickey's breathing. This morning we went back to the doctor for another check of his oxygen level and were very pleased that it was up to 96. Woohoo! We're going to try to stay away from the meds and continue with the natural treatment. Peanut products are definitely back on the danger list again and will have to be avoided. Mickey has been doing his schoolwork here at home and spending as much time as possible out in the fresh air. This afternoon he helped me refill the bird feeders and get them hung up. We also watched the dogs tumble about and laughed at their silliness. These two have become very good friends. With the kids playing nearby under the shade of a tree I was able to tackle some weeding. The recent freeze killed every green leaf left on the plants and shrubbery, yet somehow the weeds seem to have gotten a new lease on life. It felt so good to get my hands in the dirt. :)So, you can see that even though the last two days have not gone according to my plans, we're accomplishing what we can. In the midst of running back and forth to town and sitting in crowded waiting rooms filled with coughing children I am constantly reminding myself that I am so blessed to have healthy kids. I'm also blessed to be able to be a full-time mom and take care of them. God's ways are not always my ways. In the big scheme of things my way is not important, but following the path that He has for me is.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5,6 KJV

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13 Comments:
Blogger Michele said...
Oh dear, how frightening! I'm so glad he seems to be doing better now though. (o:

Blessings,
Michele

Blogger Tobitha said...
I'm glad your little guy is doing better. Saying prayers for him at this time.

Blogger Wendi said...
Glad you hear your little man is doing better.

Blogger Liesa George said...
You have a valentine at my blog.
You can pick it up at any time.
God bless you and yours.

Blogger ~~Deby said...
My daughter developed asthma, young but even as a adult has flare-ups---and now in my somewhat older years I can have a few problems...could you let me know some of the advice or products that helped Mickey....I would much rather address this from a non medical point of view.
Hoping that he is doing so much better.
Deby

Blogger Missy said...
thinking of you! i bet Mickey is enjoying the *special time* he has at home with you. i'm so happy he's doing better :)

Blogger ~Karen~ said...
I'm so glad to hear he is breathing better. Christie has asthma (on top of everything else) and has had to make that dreaded trip to the hospital before, many times. The last one was Christmas night of 07. It certainly can be a scary thing. We try to balance natural remedies with absolutely necessary prescriptions. But I tend to try the natural first as my body does not tolerate meds very well.
AND, with the junk going on with peanuts, we all probably should avoid them for a while, too!
I pray your week settles down for you all.
Blessings,
Karen

Blogger Susan P. said...
I can remember as a child being so scared as I watched my Mama struggle to breathe during an asthma attack. I cannot even fathom how horrible it would be to witness your child doing the same. I am so happy to hear that Mickey is doing better, and I will pray for continued healing. What a comfort it is to know that HE is always there by our side. BTW, I had a card all made out to you, put a stamp on it, and started out to the mailbox, and then I remembered you had moved!!!! Grrr!!!!!!!!!!!

Praying for your son. Hope you all have a great week!
~Amy

Blogger Faith said...
Glad Mickey is feeling and breathing better now! I too try most natural remedies first which but..after a week of annoying pain and the junk that goes with it, off to the dr I go later this afternoon for an antibiotic for this nagging UTI which I haven't had in over 10 years! The natural route didn't work this time....I am thanking God for good medicine (Accutane which is a last resort!) too for my daughter's acne. She has a severe case and NOTHING else has worked and we have tried it all in the last 2 years. enjoy your day

Blogger Homemanager said...
Mrs. C,
It can be a scary thing for us Moms. My husband had very bad asthma as a child. Two of my children have asthma. My oldest is on a preventative that she takes twice a day so she hasn't had an attack in a long time. My husband just started on a preventative. Like you, we prefer a natural approach, at the same time, I'm so thankful that we have prescriptions when they are needful.
Glad to hear that Mickey is doing better!
Rich Blessings,
Karen

Blogger Mommy said...
Poor little Mickey!

Blogger Mrs. Julie Fink said...
What are some of the natural methods that your friend suggested to encourage his breathing? I woke up this morning asking the Lord to give me wisdom and understanding about some more natural ways to encourage my own allergy related asthma things. Please let me know.

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