Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Things have been a little intense around here.

It all started several weeks ago, when Nick hurt his back throwing a football. It hurt worse and worse until it was shooting pain down his legs and I talked him into going to the chiropractor. They, of course, said he had a herniated disc, and to come back three times a week for the rest of his life, pretty much. Well, we're talking about $500 there, so we called Dr P, the naturopath, who is also a chiropractor. He uses the best parts of nutrition, chiro, acupuncture, herbs, with a pretty great sermon occasionally thrown in. Plus, he's a Christian so I don't have to worry about him getting spiritually weird.

Anyway, he gave Nick an adjustment, said his back probably went out related to the stress involved with moving, and then did some electric stimulation of his back muscles to help relax them and "reprogram" them to do what they're supposed to. "Don't do much for the next three days, and don't pick up the girls." Those were the orders.

While we were there, Hannah coughed, and he said, "that doesn't sound very good." I proceeded to talk to him about how the girls have been sick for two months, and his assessment was there's something in the new house that's bothering them.

Get an air purifier.
Aren't those like $400?
For the whole house they are, get a little one, keep it in their room at night and move it out during the day. And quit eating sugar.


That was Thursday night. Friday I started feeling pretty bad. By Friday night I had a fever of 101, and a headache so bad I couldn't get up. I told this part of the story already, except that Nick re-injured his back because he had no choice but to pick up the girls all day when I couldn't get out of bed Saturday.

Sunday and Monday, I was better but still coughing a ton, and the girls were coughing and had runny noses. I called my mom during the day yesterday and told her what Dr P said about the purifier, and she said, "I thought of that in the middle of the night and forgot to tell you!" Last night we carved money out of the budget for a small air purifier. Then we got home and Nick had fever. That was about all I could take. To my credit, instead of having a complete breakdown, I went to bed.

Nick is at work today, and doesn't feel too bad. Still too early to tell if the purifier is helping, but I have hope that it will since Dr P has rarely steered us wrong. But the girls and I are still fairly miserable, and Audrey is constipated today on top of it, if you want to know the truth. I gotta say, I'm pretty tired.


  1. You are in my prayers!! I hope that you and the girls start feeling better, Nick too. If I was closer I would bring you a casserole!


  2. Yuck. But, it sounds like you have a good Doc. I hope that you all enjoy a speedy recovery so that Nick can get some real rest for his shoulder.

    Oh, and the sugar removal should really help things! Since we gave up sugar and started drinking raw milk (jan 07), we have been sick once, and by sick, I mean that we had to blow our noses a couple times a day for a couple days.

  3. Sara, I'm really sorry for all you're going thru. It brought tears to my eyes reading your blog, I was really feeling what your wrote. Hang in there. I'm praying for you all that this stuff works. That sugar thing will work I bet but I know it's hard-it would be super hard for me to give that up. I'm proud of you.

  4. Thanks for the prayers and encouragement, guys! Hopefully we're on the mend finally!