Health and Wellness

Have a Cough?…Try Onions

Elijah has been battling a cold since right after Christmas.  It’s gone through a lot of phases over the last month…starting as bad congestion, then a brief scare of a croup sounding cough, loss of appetite, a productive sounding cough, and now FINALLY…HOPEFULLY…he’s coming out of all this.  I wanted to share one (among many) amazing things our natural doctor…

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What are Some Great Calming Techniques?

Needing physical input is something that some kids need more than others.  We are finding out more and more that it is a key part of keeping Elijah focused and calm.  Sometimes he just needs a “squeeze” (big bear hug), and other times he needs to roll over the fitness ball or use the weighted blanket.  After talking with his…

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Can music really make a difference?

Music makes everything better.  That’s what I’ve always felt anyway.  Music is always playing in our house, and it is truly amazing how it affects Payton and Elijah’s moods and lifts their spirits. I knew there were a lot of benefits music has on brain development, but to see it in action is nothing short of amazing.  When Elijah was…

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What the heck is proprioceptive input?

We hadn’t had OT concerns for Elijah until I noticed he responded to big hugs and squeezes when he was frustrated and agitated.  I started by just rubbing his feet when he was upset, and I could immediately feel his body relax. I started doing a little research.  I found something called proprioceptive input.  As I read about it, I…

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Could homeopathy be the answer?

I have learned so much over the last year about how to keep my kids healthy, balanced, strong and rested.  We have used supplements and herbs to support their systems, but we didn’t understand the importance of helping the body to find it’s balance and function as it is designed to do.  We started using homeopathy with Payton for teething…

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Finding some answers

Have you ever looked back and said, “Wow, now I get why that person has been such an important part of my life”?  Well, we’ve been feeling that way lately about our friends, Jen and Chad Miller.  I worked with Chad for 16 years and grew to know his wife well throughout the years.  He was my “work big brother”…

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Incorporating physical therapy at home

Elijah’s physical therapist is working on strengthening his core through all sorts of different, fun activities.  Sitting on a small fitness ball and grabbing items off the floor from either side is one they work on every week.  We wanted to find something both Elijah and Payton could use at home that would be relatively safe (with watchful eyes), fun,…

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Another seizure (“episode”)

Today brought back all those fears we’ve had for so long.  Elijah woke up early, around 5:15, and said he needed to go potty.  Irv took him into the bathroom and he said he didn’t need to go.  He was happy when he woke up, but when he got off the toilet, he sat on the bathroom rug and started…

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