Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"None of these things move me."


We would appreciate your prayers.  We are uncertain if what I am experiencing is spiritual or the result of a weakened immune system.  Over the course of three days I have been placed on seven different drugs, add to that the two I take on a daily basis for my thyroid; I feel like a walking pharmacy.

Two days ago I began treatment for chronic gastritis, ulcers and a gastrointestinal fungal infection.  Yesterday, I noticed a painful area below my right eye which seemed to resemble a mosquito bite.  However, this morning I woke up and the "bite" was more swollen and painful and was accompanied by a terrible headache. Upon closer examination I realized that this was not a bite but a shingles outbreak. I called my Dr. and he has put me on two more drugs. 

On a different note, although we have reason to believe it is effecting my health, as we have been packing we have realized that our house has a major black mold problem.  We had to clear the boys out of their room after we found mold/moisture under one of their mattresses.  My closet is covered in the nasty stuff, as is our bathroom and kitchen.  If any of you ladies have information of how black mold effects your health, I would love to know.  Looking back we see that my health always takes a nose dive in the rainy season (I know that rain in a tropical area is a breeding ground for mold spores).

In all of this, in the midst of looking after ten children and preparing to move, I am meditating on this portion of scripture,

"NONE OF THESE THINGS MOVE ME." Acts 20:24

16 comments:

patchworkmommy said...

I will pray for you.

Bethany said...

Summer,

OH how I will pray for you during this continual assault from Satan!

Bethany

Kim said...

Lifting you up in prayer from Hong Kong.
Love & Blessings,
Kim

Melissa said...

Where we live it is humid ALL THE TIME and we flood frequently. OUr last house had black mold. Our daughter, who was born in that house had MAJOR medical problems...all the time, the rest of us has minor issues. After we moved, within weeks she was well.

It's bad.

I don't know if you can get access to some probiotics and some digestive enzymes, but they would help you tremendously, to boos up your immune system.

Following is a copy and pasted article on black mold.

Melissa said...

Depending on the type and quantity that is present, toxic black mold exposure symptoms can range from mild to adverse responses. A chronic illness, toxic mold syndrome, give rise to what is known as toxic mold exposure symptoms which goes unnoticed by many who live in moldy environments and experience no physical symptoms. However, in some cases, there are occurrences of mild and sometimes severe black mold symptoms in humans. Most mold related illnesses are diagnosed in people with weakened immune system.
You will be surprised to know that symptoms of toxic black mold syndrome mimic innumerable symptoms of other health problems, and that's the reason why it becomes difficult even for the doctors to diagnose this illness.
Toxic Mold Exposure - Black Mold Exposure Symptoms
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Symptoms of black mold poisoning includes cough, headaches, red eyes and development of rashes and hives on skin. Apart from all these, the person may also feel nausea, uneasiness in respiration, lethargy and a feeling of memory loss. In rare cases, there might also be bleeding in lungs.
Dizziness, lack in concentration, irritation in mucous membranes, asthma and several kinds of allergic reactions are other symptoms of mold exposure that may result from living in an environment infested with mold.
In some cases, it has been found that people complain of irregularity in blood pressure, along with digestion problems and disorders of the respiratory system. Urinary tract infections (UTI) and all symptoms related to it also show up as some of the severe toxic black mold health effects. Prolonged toxic black mold exposure can lead to medical conditions of the liver and other organs of the body. It may also result in infertility in the patient. Read more on: toxic black mold: symptoms of black mold poisoning.
Abdominal pain
Abnormal pap smears
Acid reflux/indigestion
Acne
Anaphylaxis
Altered immunity
Balance problems
Body aches and muscle pains
Bruising easily
Burning in mouth and/or throat
Cancer
Central nervous system disorders
Chills
Choking
Cholesterol or triglycerides irregularities
Coated tongue
Colds, recurring and with
Dandruff problems (chronic)
Depression/anxiety/dementia
Diarrhea
Difficulty in swallowing
Dirt-like taste in mouth
Early menopause
Eye and vision problems, eye irritation (watery, burning, or reddened eyes)
Face flushing intermittently
Food allergies
Frequent bloody nose
Frequent infections
Hair loss
Pulmonary hemorrhage
Hypersensitivity to mold
Irritability, mood swings
Spleen pain
Itching of the nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin or any area
Metallic taste in mouth
Night sweats and hot flashes
Nose or throat irritation
Nosebleeds
Numbness in face and limbs
Open skin sores and lacerations
Open sores on head
Organic dust toxic syndrome (ODTS)
Physical weakness
Poor appetite
Puffy or droopy eyes
Sensitivity to smells/odors
Sneezing fits
Pitting up mucous
Swollen lymph nodes
Systemic candida infection
Tremors (shaking)
Unexplained fevers
Prolonged muscle cramps and joint pain
Women who are pregnant could experience multiple problems, including miscarriage

Shonni said...

I will also be praying....

BETHANY said...

Praying for you!

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

PRAYING over you and your family!!!! Praying for solutions and health!

Just A Family said...

Hey I know you get alot of advice
but ...I'll throw this out to you anyway..

Juicing would help you..
Carrots and apples to start with.

my email address is
americangirl1690@yahoo.com
I would love to help you get started if you want to.

love and blessings,
Robin
from
campbellshope@blogspot.com

Jessica Pierce said...

hey summer -

oh my friend!!! I miss you!!! A lot! you've been on my mind soooo much lately! sorry to hear things aren't going so well! I can't believe you move in a couple weeks! I wish I could fly out and help you move!!! ok so about the mold thing.... Dad used to do restoration work - often dealing with mold - so I asked him what he thought... he said throw out the matress, if possible peel off whatever surface is covered that you can - i know those poor walls have been peeled and crumbled and beat up, but if you can peel off the moldy surfaces, do. if you can't scurb them down with bleach water. But it's important to wear gloves and a mask while dealing with the mold - whether scrubbing or peeling. and once it's cleaned up, fans help to avoid moisture - open the windows, get the fans going, get some circulation in there. BUT - NO FANS BEFORE ITS CLEANED UP!!! it can spread through the air if you use fans before it's cleaned.

ok hope that helps a little! i'm doing some more research on health effects and treatment/prevention for you - will try and forward you some info soon!!!

i'm also writing a paper on the allopathic and naturopathic approaches to endometriosis treatment and pain management- finding some good stuff. most of it you may already know - but there's an amazing article by an naturopath doctor with awesome herbs and supplement treatments for pain managment and to help reduce the size of the implants. I'll forward it to you too, I think you'll really like it - it may also help with the PMS probs, as dysmenorrhea, as you probably know, is a major symptom!

praying of course, but if there is ANYTHING else i can do, LET ME KNOW!!!!

remember - failure and chaos is inevitable, but HIS GRACE IS SUFFICENT!! ok I love you guys!

Jewels of My Heart said...

I will be praying!!!
God's healing and protection....
Stay the coarse...
Daleea

Adeye said...

Stand firm and DO NOT allow the enemy access to ANY part of your lives, my friend.

What a vicious attack!

Sophie said...

Oh my goodness, I'm sorry to hear of all your physical pain
I will surely pray for you

Michelle A said...

Praying for you and your family!!

Michelle

Becca said...

I will be praying for protection for you and your family Summer! It is always amazes how much God feels we can handle, but somehow He gives us the strength to continue...

Love, Becca

Becca said...

I will be praying for protection for you and your family Summer! It is always amazing how much God thinks we can handle, and He gives us the strength to get through...

Love, Becca