Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine Issue 04 | August 2016 - Page 21

Imagine it’s 4:00 pm Sunday evening and your kids are sitting around the kitchen table doing homework. All of a sudden you hear grunting and turn to see your daughter’s head hunched over the table, her body rigid and convulsing.

This was what happened when our oldest daughter, who was 8, had her first seizure. My husband, Mike and I had never seen anyone have a seizure before. We were terrified.

When the paramedics arrived our daughter had stopped seizing and they recommended we take a trip to the emergency room.

What came next was an even bigger surprise. Our daughter continued to have seizures for four days while she was hospitalized. Interestingly enough, they would only happen when doctors came in the room to monitor her.

After all of her MRIs, EEGs and CAT scans there was no specific physical cause for her seizures. We were told by her neurologists that these things sometimes show up in children and it can be genetic. However, something about the doctor’s explanation didn’t sit well with me. You see, in my heart I knew something was missing. There had to be a link to both physical and emotional things happening

inside her body.

The next four months were the scariest and most difficult of our lives. Julia continued to have seizures, sometimes as many as 10-15 in a day and she ended up taking four different seizure medications simultaneously to try and get them to stop.

I felt like a jack-n-the-box. Living on the edge, never knowing when I would have to jump and react to another episode. In fact, one time I pulled her up from the bottom of my parents’ swimming pool. I also felt guilty because I wasn’t able to give attention and positive energy to my other three daughters. I was edgy, impatient and scattered most days. I felt like a failure as a mom.

That wasn’t all….one night my husband Mike’s entire left side of his body went completely numb. He lost all bodily functions. His arm started shaking uncontrollably. During this miserable year he ended up in the emergency room on numerous occasions, saw many doctors and specialists and was given every test in the book, to no avail. Our family was under so much stress because of Julia’s health and Mike’s highly stressful job as a fund manager, trading overseas markets throughout the night was all too much for his body.

The last straw was my autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which peaked to record levels. I had been diagnosed with it two years earlier and was trying to manage it by working with a functional medicine doctor and taking supplements. When our family was falling apart things escalated.

How Our

Daughter Helped Us

Find Our Balance

by Amanda Hinman

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