After a long, seemingly-sluggish week at home, we decided to venture out a bit today to explore the beautiful cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.
When we moved to Orange Beach, Chris did not come with us initially. Annadelle and I went ahead and moved into our new house and we enrolled her in kindergarten. Chris stayed behind in Anniston in order to make some repairs to our old home to get it ready to put on the market. He took a break from working on the house and came down to Orange Beach about a week prior to Annadelle getting sick, so we were not able to experience much of our new home together as a family.
Now that we’re home, we try to keep up with events happening at the beach (which is a pretty regular occasion). We noticed the City of Gulf Shores had been advertising the Ballyhoo Festival next to Tacky Jack’s. Y’all know I can’t resist an arts or crafts festival, so we drove over and met mom and Mike at the festival.
It wasn’t much compared to other festivals I have been involved with, but it was fun. We were able to see a Native American performance and see some beautiful pieces from local artists. Annadelle seemed excited to be out of the house (especially with her Nana who spoils her, even more so than I do).
After the festival, we drove over to a wellness center in Foley. A friend of ours had recommended another wellness store to Chris that was located in Orange Beach, but it was closed today so we went ahead to Foley (and are we glad we did!).
The wellness center is A Better Way Wellness and Chiropractic. They offer many vitamins and supplements, nutritional foods, vegan and cruelty-free products like shampoos and soaps, and essential oils. They also offer acupuncture, massage therapy, and something called BEMER technology. While we were there, we were able to speak to a holistic doctor about Annadelle’s illness and she was able to provide a plethora of information that could be beneficial to her healing.
This doctor, Karen, highly recommended placing Annadelle on a BEMER mat. The BEMER device was developed in Germany and the company, based in Liechtenstein, holds 5 international patents. BEMER is a Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) device that is believed to help enhance blood flow, oxygen supply, cardiac function, memory, concentration, and the recovery progress from debilitating diseases. It is widely known for easing chronic pain.
We did not put Annadelle on a BEMER mat today because we wanted to do some more research before we did, but it looks like we will be going back early this week to try it out. Chris and I are going to try it before we put her on it.
Here’s a video from an episode of Dr. Oz that helps explain exactly what BEMER can do.
We also spoke to Karen about the benefits of CBD oil, as Chris and I have recently registered as affiliates with HempWorx. We had been doing a lot of research on the benefits of CBD while we were in rehab and learned that CBD (in general) may benefit the immune system and work broadly throughout the body as an anti-inflammatory, protecting cells from damages associated with neurodegenerative or demyelinating diseases. It works by activating something known as the CB1 receptor. Benefits of activating this receptor include mood regulation, decreased pain, increased cardiovascular health, decreased anxiety, and increased myelin formation (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21480865), among many other benefits.
I know CBD can be controversial, but Chris and I feel very strongly about the benefits of hemp and are willing to take alternative routes in order to heal our child.
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Tonight we were able to attend a Mardi Gras parade in Orange Beach. Annadelle had an absolute blast as her daddy held her at the fence the entire time in order to catch some beads. There were several families around us that kept giving Annadelle beads they caught. We kept trying to tell them they did not have to do that, but they insisted.
We have noticed that almost everywhere we go, people will give Annadelle special attention. Many people will give her little gifts or even just hand her money. We are constantly asked, “Why is she in a wheelchair?” to which we simply respond, “She has a spinal cord injury.” No one understands what we mean when we say, “She has acute flaccid myelitis.”
However, we did meet a woman today who is a new EMT that actually was familiar with it. When she asked and we said she had AFM, she said, “Oh, you mean she has polio?” Why yes, that’s exactly what I mean. We talked for a long time about AFM and how it has affected our family- how Annadelle went from a totally healthy, happy child to completely paralyzed within just a few days. It has turned our lives upside down.
As we sat at the parade, we noticed a group of boys were playing ball behind us. Annadelle said, “He’s in my class!” I looked to see that the boy really was in her class, but he didn’t recognize her as she said hello. I almost cried as we sat there realizing that we have been in the hospital so long that she had literally been forgotten by her classmate. She wanted to go over and play with the boys, but we were hesitant. She can’t navigate her current wheelchair well at all and it she would not have been able to move around like they were. I think I was more worried about it than she was, but I can honestly say we just weren’t ready to deal with the situation we found ourselves in.
Although the recent days have been a little better since my talk with Frances, I am still struggling with feelings of doubt and uncertainty. It’s almost like I have forgotten God’s promise, but I’m human and I have flaws. I keep telling myself over and over that she will walk again, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t question myself.
I’d like to ask a special favor of my readers, which is around 2k a month now. I truly believe in the power of prayer – the power of quantum healing – and I’d like to form a prayer army. I’d like to ask that our family, friends, or readers from far away take a moment to pray for Annadelle, specifically that she walk. Being able to walk would improve her quality of life ten-fold. It would allow her to be easily included in school and activities, giving her a chance to play with her friends and not receive constant stares or questions about her chair. It would give her independence and allow her to play on the playground or build sandcastles at the beach. It would be an answer to a prayer that I have said too many times to count.
But at this point, I’m not sure my single prayer is being heard much. I’m asking that, if you’re reading this, you join me in saying a special prayer for Annadelle to walk.
Lord, I come to you today with a grateful heart. I want to thank you for the many blessings you have bestowed upon me and my family. Lord, if it is your will, I ask that Annadelle be fully healed. I ask that you touch her legs and her feet and restore the movement there that is missing, allowing her to walk and enjoy life as she once did. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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