Raising a Sensitive Child

Nourishing Body, Mind and Spirit


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A wish come true…

Moses was granted a wish from the Make-a-Wish foundation earlier this month. What an amazing experience it was.

You can read all about his wish here (news of his wish made our local paper!), and you can even watch a video clip about his wish here (this video clip was actually broadcast on TV across the country earlier this month) and the hockey team created this moving video about Moses’ wish here.

An amazing welcome to Vancouver from Enterprise Rent-a-car

An amazing welcome to Vancouver from Enterprise Rent-a-car.

Red carpet welcome at the Fairmont Hotel

Red carpet welcome at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. The staff were tremendous and made Moses’ wish extra special!

His favourite player's number made with allergy-friendly dark chocolate. Even the plate is made of chocolate!

His favourite player’s number made with allergy-friendly dark chocolate. Even the plate is made of chocolate!

Zip-lining at Grouse Mountain

Zip-lining at Grouse Mountain

Moses with his favourite player

Moses with his favourite player – what an amazing, warm, kind and generous-hearted man he is.

The team cheers after Moses scores a goal!

The team cheers after Moses scores a goal!

Moses and his favourite team!

Moses and his favourite team!

Assistant trainer at the professional soccer game!

Assistant trainer at the White Caps soccer game!

High fives to all of the soccer players before the game!

High fives to all of the soccer players before the game!

Gorgeous view from our room, while Moses recuperated from pneumonia for five days.

Gorgeous view from our room of Grouse Mountain and the ocean, while Moses recuperated from pneumonia for five days.

English Bay

English Bay

The hollow tree at Stanley Park

The hollow tree at Stanley Park

Quiet

Quiet healing time in the forests at Stanley Park

We were the recipients of thousands of kindnesses from:

  • Westjet, who flew our family across the country and allowed us to delay our return to back home due to illness;
  • Enterprise Rent-a-car, who met our family at the airport with a most amazing welcome and let Moses choose the car that we used for the week (a full-loaded Infiniti Q50!);
  • Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, who treated Moses like royalty and spoiled our whole family, and also allowed us our family to stay an extra five days in their gorgeous hotel while Moses recuperated;
  • two special teams and all of the players who made his wish extra special;
  • all of the donors and sponsors who support Make-a-Wish; and
  • so many others….

We are so tremendously thankful!

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Wish Impact Study

According to the results of a 2011 – 2013 Wish Impact Study conducted by our American affiliate that surveyed wish parents, past wish kids, health professionals, and volunteers, a wish come true empowers children with life-threatening medical conditions to fight harder against their illnesses.

When wish kids are granted a wish, they get more than just a great experience for a day, two days, or a week. That experience improves the quality of life for them and their entire family.

Health professionals treating them say the wish experience is an important adjunct to medical treatment, and they observe their patients feel better and comply more readily with treatment protocols when they experience their wish come true. And the community volunteers who grant wishes say the wish granting process heightens both their ability to see the best in others, and their commitment to actively help more people in need.

Adult former wish kids say the wish experience made them feel better socially and emotionally, improved their health and strength, gave them more confidence and the will to pursue more challenging life goals, made them more compassionate and philanthropic, and even helped to save their lives.

Find out more about the Wish Impact Study here.


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Sitting in the palm of Jesus’ hand

My mom (Grammie Rosie) has a vision of all three of us sitting in the palm of Jesus’ hand, with Moses in the middle.

My mom feels at peace. She feels that all will be okay. We will get through this.

I know this to be true.

We do have tremendous spiritual (as well as family and friends) support around us.

We will get through this, with the grace of God.

Moses had a better night last night and was able to make it through the night without morphine, and using only Tylenol for pain. I feel that this is a good sign that things are on the mend internally.

Thank you for joining in our prayers.

palm


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Miracle at the ER

During our first week back after our vacation, DH came down with a cold (sore throat and chest congestion) and Moses also developed one too. It particularly affected his lungs. He was having difficulty breathing and despite giving him his Ventolin puffer several times, he was still having trouble catching his breath. DH was going to bring him to the hospital, so I started doing the Healing Code for Moses, and a few minutes later, Moses breathing became clear and DH decided not to take him to the hospital. Moses spent the afternoon playing with his cousins at the park.

Moses awoke at 1:30 am later that night and again was experiencing laboured breathing, and the Ventolin wasn’t helping. I tried to do the Healing Code for him, but he was so agitated that I was anxious and I couldn’t relax enough to do them. He was also complaining of stomach pains (which often times for Moses, means pneumonia). I asked him if he wanted to try to sleep or to go to the hospital and he choose the hospital, so I brought him to the ER.

While we were in the waiting room, I collected myself enough to do a Healing Code for Moses. A few minutes later, when we saw the triage nurses, Moses lungs sounded completely clear and his oxygen levels were at 100%. He played a Wii game that they have in the waiting room and I asked him if he still had stomach pains. He told me that he had a tiny bit of one (but I think it was just an excuse to keep playing Wii). Since he was doing so well, he was not a high priority to be seen. After an hour of waiting, I called DH to let him know that Moses was completely well, but he encouraged us to stay since we were there anyway. After two hours of waiting, I was just about ready to bring Moses home when they called his name to be seen.

When he saw the doctor at 4:00 am, the doctor that examined him told me that “he was perfect”. Lungs were clear. Stomach was soft and healthy. No pain. No fever. No symptoms at all. The doctor said that he had no idea why his symptoms would have gone away that quickly. I responded that, “I believe in the power of prayer, and I had prayed in the waiting room.”

We were home and in bed by 5 am, and then Moses was up at 9 am completely healthy and well (whereas, I slept in until close to noon). Moses spent the afternoon running around in the park, playing with his cousins, full of energy (whereas, I was tired all day). He only need his Ventolin puffer once today (whereas, yesterday, he needed it ~ 20 times [not an exaggeration]).

The power of prayer (and in particular, the Healing Code). Read another time when the Healing Code healed Moses laboured breathing at the ER here. Read more about the Healing Code here.


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A vision of Archangel Raphael’s healing

We are going through a difficult time right now. We made the decision to postpone our holidays to visit my family across the country because Moses has been dealing with an excrutiatingly painful abscess on his bottom. We will reschedule our trip when Moses is feeling better, but in the meantime, we are terribly sad.

A friend of mine shared this healing vision with me this morning…

Visions appeared as Archangel Raphael’s green healing light filled the bubble with the three of you in it. It took a while for the light to permeate the full bubble and every cell of your bodies… And once the bubble was filled with this shining emerald green light, it was amazing. A kaleidoscope of colours started swirling about and the bubble turned into a balloon that lifted to the heavens where angels rejoiced playing with it back and forth and placing their blessings on it. Then it was being held by God, a vision mixing traditional western imagery with the sun and the moon. That’s when the balloon turned to liquid and was placed in a shallow bird bath where you swam as a happy family in the healing waters until a beautiful bird carried you off back to earth and to your house. A dragonfly flew past your window and the house turned into a white gift box with a big red bow. Once unwrapped, your family unit was radiating light – white with wisps of emerald green and just a tad of red. Love – that was the gift. You are love. The 3 of you are the gift. And you are not alone – the angels and archangels, the nature spirits, the sun, moon, God. I sense no sadness – you are supported by rejoicing beings of so many realms and elements. 

Archangel Raphael’s healing light*

  Moses miraculously awoke to no pain. We pray that this resolves quickly and with ease and that we can reschedule our trip very soon.

* Another friend drew this vision that she had of Archangel’s healing light and our family last year.


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Miracles happen

Okay, dear friends. It feels like it’s time for a catch up on how we’re doing.

We’ve been doing really well! Moses has been healthy and happy.

We’ve all been trying to find and express our bliss. DH has been biking just about every day and getting out for either a longer bike ride or a hike every weekend. On Saturday, DH gave me a “me” day and I went to a yoga class in the morning and spent the rest of the day with a dear friend at the Farmer’s market, hanging out downtown and then by a waterfall at the ocean. Heaven. It as a day to decompress, rejuvenate and reconnect with the earth and my body.

I had a Wish Game with my friends last weekend and my wish was to enjoy my life and my body.

I really feel that it’s time for self care and me time.

One of the cards that I choose during the game was, “Miracles happen”, and I reflected that I really feel that we’ve experienced a miracle. I feel that something big has shifted for Moses. Not only is he healing, but he is healed. That’s how I feel. I feel the universe is telling me to open my eyes and rejoice and see how my prayers have been answered. You can see it in the pictures that I shared here, here and here.

Moses is more embodied. His body is stronger. A friend of mine has remarked how he’s gotten taller and his whole body has changed shape. He feels strong and healthy to me.

My dynamic with Moses has even changed. I’ve been energetically shifting so that I’m no longer trying to “save him” / “heal him”. I’m trying to empower him to “save himself” / feel safe as himself. We’ve both been feeling it.

For example, during the last few months, every time he fell (e.g., riding his bike), he would be angry at me, “Mom, you never save me”.

I was puzzled by this response and also saddened by it given that I feel that I’ve felt that I’ve spent his whole life trying to “save him”, and he has been reflecting back that I’m never there to save him.

I discussed it with my naturopath (who is very intuitive) and she said that Moses is likely responding to the fact that he can feel me energetically pulling away, giving him space to heal / save himself, and that this is a healthy transition for us to make. It’s time to empower Moses to save himself. And he is ready, and he can.

Moses and I have been fighting a lot more. I’ve been finding that I no longer have any patience. I’ve spent all of my patience, a lifetime of patience over the last 7 years. I have no more left. DH and I are switching roles, and DH has become the patient one. I really feel that we have been going through a big transition, but it’s a necessary one. I feel that I no longer need to find “that magic bullet” that will heal Moses. I feel that we are well on our path. Moses is healthy and well. He is.

I feel that everything that we’ve done up to this point has been part of this journey.  Trusting myself. Developing a relationship with God. Forgiveness. I do feel that the 2.5 years that we spent healing through Heilkunst homeopathy was an important and integral part of Moses’ healing. And now I feel that the gentle, yet powerful essential oils can help with the rest.

My tough guys in the woods

My tough guys in the woods – ready to tackle anything that life throws at them.

Learning balance

Learning balance and having fun


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The gifts of the week

The gifts of the week…

  • On Monday, Moses returned back to school for his first full day of school in almost two weeks. That night, he surprised us by reading a book that he hadn’t read before, which was longer and more complicated than other books that he typically reads. Wow! Not only that, Moses’ teacher called us that night to also let us know that Moses’ also surprised her by reading a similarly complicated book at school too!
  • Moses playing street hockey with some of his neighbourhood friends. It’s really not my imagination — something this month has really clicked for him physically — he really is more present and confident in his body.
  • Today, he took his scooter out for the first time this year, and again, suddenly he has the coordination to ride and balance on his scooter.
  • He has seemed happier in the last couple of days since the third abscess was drained.
  • On our first night back at home after this week’s ordeal, when Moses was supposed to be sleeping, he left two notes for DH and me on our respective night tables. One said, “I love you Mom. From Moses”. The other said, “I love you Dad. From Moses”.

It feels like as these abscesses are being drained ,and poisons and toxins are being released from his system, he is energetically, emotionally, mentally and physically clearer and healthier. It’s showing up on all aspects of his being.

More good news…

  • The site of the last drainage has healed sooooo quickly. Last year, it took abscesses that were surgically drained 3-4 weeks to heal and we had daily visits from the nurse for days on end. The last site was drained on Tuesday and now, three days later, the swelling is already down and the site doesn’t need to be packed with a wick anymore, and it will probably completely close and heal within the next couple of days.
  • His left armpit, which a few days ago looked like it might be developing a secondary abscess, seems like it’s settling down.
  • Today, the surgeon remarked that Moses’ abscesses have a way of walling itself off from the rest of his body (i.e., containing the infection). The surgeon explained that this doesn’t always happen, and is actually a huge blessing that had never occurred to me before. I really do like Moses’ surgeon. He has a way that completely puts the whole family at ease.

There are still two abscesses that are not yet resolved– one on the back of his neck and one on his jawline. He is scheduled for an ultrasound early next week, and the plan will be to hopefully drain both of them at the same time under general anesthesia due to the sensitivity of these areas.

Please continue to keep our family in your prayers.


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God’s healing power

The context for this story is that Moses had been having recurrent abscesses that needed draining, and on this particular morning, he was scheduled for yet another abscess to be surgically drained. During a 7-week period, he developed 11 abscesses, 7 of which needed surgical drainage

I woke up this morning to Moses coming into our room crying and inconsolable. In pain. Sad. It was early in the morning considering that he had to fast and our appointment wasn’t until 10 am.

He looked up and told me through his tears, “I asked God to use his healing power to burst my bump, and it’s still there”.

Oh.

My.

Heart.

My heart broke in pieces. For my boy’s pain. For his pure belief in God’s power, and also his potential disillusionment with God’s healing power.

And me unable to articulate that I really do believe that God’s healing power is real to my six year old, despite the fact that both of our prayers have (seemingly) gone unanswered.

So, I broke down and cried. I came down into my body to be fully with my boy, and sobbed real tears and joined in his pain.

And, somehow, through the grace of God, that shifted everything.

Moses stopped his crying and came over to me, to comfort me. To let me know that everything was going to be okay.

I believe that God is always with us, but in that moment, both of us felt God’s healing presence. We were fully present to God in that moment.

And in that moment, Moses stopped identifying with his pain.

We spent the next 2.5 hours before his appointment playing cars and trucks, and playing BeyBlades, and then when DH came home after his run, all three of us did spontaneous yoga poses, and Moses showed us how flexible he is, and he punched and he kicked and showed us how strong his body really is.

The hours flew by.

Moses practicing his kicks this morning

Moses practicing his high kicks, minutes before we left for the hospital. (And, yes, I recently celebrated a milestone birthday)

It was an every day miracle.


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“One of my healthy students”

During a recent meeting with Moses’ grade 1 teacher, she told us that she considers Moses to be one of her “healthy students”.  It’s been a difficult year healthwise for the grade 1s in Moses’ class this year. Many coming down with pneumonia (a third of the class!). Strep throat. Flus. Stomach bugs. Several hospitalizations. For several weeks at a time during the winter, she often had 1/3 of the class home sick. I think it’s time to revisit this post.

And guess whose body has been strong enough to fight off infection? That’s right. Moses’s body has been strong enough to fight infection. The boy with a diagnosed primary immuno-deficiency has a strong immune system.

I feel that it’s a strong, strong, strong sign that Moses is definitely healing, and we are definitely on the right course. I have no doubt that the 2.5 years of Heilkunst homeopathy played a big role in his healing. And I feel that the essential oils are currently helping to bring his body ease, strength  and comfort.

In addition to physical health, he’s also been doing well emotionally, mentally, socially, academically, and behaviourally. We are very, very pleased. He’s still not that keen on being in school, but he’s adjusted very well. Has a few good friends. It’s no longer a struggle to get him to school. He no longer tells me that he hates school in the morning. I feel that the oils are helping to bring his body ease and comfort. Balance.

I typically walk him all the way to the school door (and sometimes, I walk him into the school), but a couple of weeks ago, he left me at the entrance to the parking lot of the school. He ran to the school door, met a friend at the door and they walked in together. I was an emotionally full / heart-full mama in that moment. My boy is growing up. My healthy and strong boy is growing up.


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“My body is really healthy”

I forgot to mention that last week, at the end of the appointment, Moses’ chiropractor asked him how he was feeling on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 feeling not so good, and 10 feeling really, really good.

Moses just buried his head in his blanket in response.

So, I rephrased it, “Does your body feel not so good, or a little bit healthy, or really healthy?”

And, Moses responded, “I’m not feeling a little bit healthy. My body is really healthy. I feel really good.

An answered prayer.


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Happy Family

My dear friend, Emma, drew this picture of our family when Moses was in the hospital back in August. It’s a drawing of a vision that came to her when we were talking on the phone. It’s entitled, Happy Family.

She saw Moses as a Super Boy, so energized, and being healed by Archangel Raphael, and supported by DH and me. Archangel Raphael is the supreme healer in the angelic realm and he supports, heals, and guides all matters involving health.

Remember how I was mentioned how energized he was during this hospital visit, how his energy was running so high…

I love this picture and I’m going to keep this vision in my heart the next time I need to draw on strength and inspiration. It’s such a great reminder of how much spiritual support we have. We are not alone and are supported in all things.

Thanks so much, Emma, for sharing your beautiful vision with all of us!!! I love it.

Happy Family