I have the BEST of intentions to write regularly but of course time is in short supply these days so it’s been far too long between posts. I had started a post back in January, which was a very different stage in our journey, and when I came back to it tonight I was shocked by what I had written. We are in a completely different place than we were 2 months ago, thankfully.
This is the post I started back in Janurary…
The journey continues…the last 2 ½ months have been a learning experience, to say the least. Since Elijah completed another round of 8 treatments in mid October he was having some difficult times, including aggressive behavior, stuttering, and difficulty controlling his emotions. I had called our doctor, Jim McCarty, to try to figure out what was happening. Irv and I felt worried the treatment wasn’t working and we were right back where we were 6 months ago.
Dr McCarty explained retracing, and explained that this was a difficult time in the treatment. He stated that Elijah was likely going back through some of his previous behaviors and because of the area of the skull he was working on it could mean that there could be some shifting of the plates. Needless to say it has caused Elijah to go through a whole range of emotions on any given day, causing more stress for all of us.
Fast forward to now…
Since that time, we have completed the treatments and life has been incredible for Elijah and our whole family. Elijah finished his fifth and last round of treatment in early Feburary. SInce that time he has gradually calmed down, increased his vocabulary, improved his balance and strength and become an overall happy five year old. Before we started the treatment, he could say 2 or 3 words phrases at a time. Now he can say multiple sentences back to back and speaks so clearly that any person that doesn’t know him would understand. My heart was filled with love and excitement when I had a 10 minute conversation with him about what we had planned for the weekend and what he enjoyed most about spring break. He can not only exchange thoughts and ideas with us, but also is able to sing songs (without hearing the music), and can remember details of events we had all forgotten. He has had a significant growth spurt over the last several months and has gone through a full size this winter (in the past he could wear the same clothes 2 winters in a row).
We took a family road trip to IN over spring break, a trip I honestly did not think was ever going to be possible for us because of Elijah’s unpredictable behavior. It was a perfect trip. Even though Payton and Elijah were both exhausted from the 9 hour drive and long, exciting days, they were both happy and positive throughout the whole adventure. Elijah did not get frustrated once, he was calm and so well behaved the entire time. They have both been trying to catch up on sleep since we arrived home, but even though he is still worn out, he has been sweet and happy everyday.
This is the child I have always known Elijah was deep down, but all the behaviors had gotten in the way. We are still struggling to figure out how to get him to hold his upper cervical adjustments. We are starting homeopathy treatments again in hopes this will help, but after everything we have gone through to get him to where he is today, we can be patient to try to figure out this piece. I cannot say enough about the journey we have been on and how it has completely changed all our lives. We were sent on this journey for a reason and I know God has a plan for all of us. It has felt right all along to follow this path and I hope sharing may give someone else an option they had not considered previously. It has not been an easy journey, but it has been worth every bit of what we’ve done.