Olivia has officially made it to the 70's - weight wise that is! In the past, she consistently weighed between 62-64 pounds (since 2006). This apparent stunted growth, or maybe even "failure to thrive" was, at times very frustrating. Prior to 2006, she had always been in the 50% percentile at well child checks.
She has always had an amazing diet. Although she was on a gluten free/casein free diet, she had an abundance of gluten free grains, fruits and vegetables, organic meat. If someone witnessed how much food was going into her, they would usually comment that they wouldn't be able to eat that much in one sitting!
What I didn't realize then, was that it was all going in, and quickly coming out. She was going #2 all day long. The damage to her digestive tract was so severe that her body was unable to obtain the nutrients from the quality food she was eating.
I didn't know that you do not have to be thin to have a nutritional deficiency, but it sure does make sense. If an overweight child starts this diet, they will lose weight and gradually show the "masked" nutritional deficiency.
Dr. McBride explains that by following the GAPS nutritional protocol your digestive system starts absorbing foods properly and nourishing you; you will start building dense bones, healthy muscles and other tissues and organs and gaining weight as a result. This is exactly what is happening with Olivia. She is much "sturdier", less fragile looking. Her limbs feel heavier, and her skinny little bird legs are finally looking a wee bit heavier. This is no coincidence!
I remember when she first started the GAPS intro diet, there were many "comments" like "what's with all the soup?"! I am sure people who have never heard of this diet may have questioned my choice of food for my VERY thin little girl. To an outsider's view, the soup probably didn't look substantial enough for a sickly child. All I can say is looks can be deceiving! You know when people are shocked when all of a sudden it takes 2, maybe three people to carry this 13 year old after a seizure, when in the past one was sufficient!
I am not being political in the least when I quote President Obama's statement from 2005.
"If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you make progress."
I have walked down many treatment paths with Olivia in this journey ---- the drug path, the supplement path, the homeopathy path, the ABA path. I know now that they were the wrong paths and that is exactly why I didn't make any progress. This path, using food as medicine, not only feels right, it is right. It's undeniable progress - she was unable to gain weight for years - withing 5 months on the GAPS diet and she's not just a couple pounds heavier - but 10!!! Praise God!!
"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin." Zechariah 4:10
I googled this verse for more understanding and started reading an entry from J.M. Farro's blog. He says:
Several years ago, I read a true story about the humble beginnings of one of the most famous composers of all time. It told of how this composer rose to greatness, and ended up touching countless lives, by simply preparing music for the Sunday services at his church each week. At the time that I read this amazing story, I was feeling very discouraged and disheartened in my work for the Lord. Reading about this man's devotion and dedication inspired me and encouraged my heart. I had been laboring in the Lord's name for many years, and had received little recognition or reward. I often asked myself questions like, "Where are the blessings? Where are my rewards?" I eventually discovered that the thing that helped me most was to shift my focus from, "What's in it for me?" to "How can I help others?"
The Bible clearly states that God's people will be richly rewarded for loving and serving Him. But it doesn't say WHEN we will be rewarded, or even how. One reason for this is that God doesn't want us focusing on our rewards, but on doing the work He has assigned us to do while we're on this earth. And He expects us to perform our work faithfully. Jesus said, "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much." (Luke 16:10 NASB) Before the Lord entrusts us with big assignments, He tests us in smaller ones. Some people aren't interested in doing seemingly insignificant tasks for God. What they don't realize is that God may never allow them to do great things for Him, unless they are first willing to do humble tasks, and to prove themselves trustworthy.
I really understand this man's discouragement. I, too, feel as though I have "labored" for 11 long years. I, too, try so very hard not to ask that question, "Where are the blessings". So.....In my heart I know this news is representative of the "small beginnings" of a positive impact on Olivia's health and body. In a sense I see this as a beginning of our entire family's transition out of this deep hole of despair to whatever God has planned for our story. Olivia's story. I always felt as though I needed to wait, to let it "play out", if you will, before I sat down and triumphantly wrote out each detail of her healing. After reading Mr. Farro's enlightened opinion, it reminded me of how much her story may help others. As I attempt to shift my focus away from "waiting for the healing", documenting our journey has become the focus. Those struggling with a sick child could benefit from the hope and faith filled journey I've been on, even if it doesn't play out the way I want it to. Focusing on and waiting for her healing is probably the reason I hadn't started writing. I wanted to make sure she was healed, because for some reason my heart felt as though the only way it could be a book, is if she were healed. So maybe.....just maybe by stepping out with the faith He so graciously helped me develop, sharing our "raw" story is what I am meant to do for the time being - because reading someone's journey as it happens lends to the emotions that are sometimes forgotten when the moment has passed.
I found your blog while googling for info about fermented cod liver oil, and now have read through almost your whole blog. I'm a mom of a 4yo with ASD, and were using SCD too. We're seeing good results, but I get impatient sometimes. :) I understand in some degree the heart ache you feel, and not forgetting what things were like before my daughters system was damaged. Sometimes it is so easy for me to feel alone. I do take great strength from my relationship with God, but I also really appreciate you being willing to share your experiences, as it makes me feel less alone.ReplyDelete