Thank you so much for all the prayers! Keep them coming ;)
Check out the difference between the above video and this picture which was taken on the first day of school last year.
I am so thankful for the Medical Cannabis from Leafline Labs.
WELCOME TO OLIVIA'S HEALING JOURNEY BLOG!!
Olivia's journey has been rough - to say the least. Born perfectly healthy, her declining health since the dreaded MMR shot has always been called a mystery. Her story briefly -
At 18-months she developed little "shaking spells" in the middle of the night. The Neurologist called them "Generalized Myoclonic Seizures". In many cases this can be the beginning of a degenerative condition, but month after month Olivia “defied” this inaccurate diagnosis by continuing to develop normally. Several months later we were instructed to give the vaccinations we had put off. Within a couple weeks these little "shakes" became large jerks that would catapult her to the floor. She stopped talking, stopped responding to our voice and appeared to enter her own little world. The seizures continued to change. They soon became "drop" seizures and would come on with no warning and she would fall or crash into whatever was in front or below her. They continued to worsen into classic tonic clonic seizures that would last anywhere between 40 to 90 seconds.
Recently, we have made the decision to reevaluate the direction of the care she has received and go a different route. Complexity was the word often used to describe Olivia's condition. We've done our due diligence.....we tried all the medications, none worked. We tried the supplement route through a well-known clinic in Chicago.....nope, nothing. This blog will serve as an outlet for others to follow our next attempt at helping our darling girl. The route we have chosen is to put her on a medical diet called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). The resource I will use is a protocol developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. Her book is titled "Gut and Psychology Syndrome". It is a natural treatment for Autism, Depression, ADHD and it has had some success with uncontrolled seizures.
Unfortunately, we have been part of the growing Autism epidemic in the United States. According to the USA Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 1 out of 88 (as of 3/12) children are diagnosed in the autism spectrum and sadly these numbers are growing every day. As a parent to a severely autistic child who has daily uncontrolled seizures, the memory of her being "normal" has never been forgotten. The hope of helping, if not stopping her daily suffering has been an uphill journey.
Approaching her situation from a diet perspective is not an entirely new idea. Olivia was on a version of the SCD diet in 2005 with some success. The main difference between then and now is the knowledge base of Dr. McBride and her ability to share the wealth of information she personally gathered as she cured her own severely autistic child with the SCD diet.
I do respect and am thankful for the excellent emergency practices of the conventional medical institution. Their services have literally saved Olivia's life on numerous occasions. Alternative care has taught me so much about the power of your own immune system, and the tragedy that can follow when the immune system is damaged. Why these two worlds can't work together to shape and protect us all is a shame.
This blog is really about our journey over the last 15 years. Although the focus is Olivia and her recovery, I will also include how this has affected our whole family and how we have dealt with this unexpected interruption in our lives.
Hebrews 11:1 -
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.