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Anissa’s Story – Post #36 – Survival By Prayer – In The Eye Of The Storm…

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Little did we know how the perseverance over past years would prepare our faith to face even greater challenges in the year 2004.   During January, a week of prayer was set forth at our ministry’s Wellspring of Life Retreat Center. The retreat involved many intercessors from churches and ministries seeking the Lord’s favor for miracle breakthroughs concerning brain and nervous system disorders.  During that week, Anissa had only one mild seizure – considered miraculous since daily seizures had been the norm for her.

Previously, her neurologist had suggested we consider a Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) implant for Anissa that could maybe lessen the severity of attacks.  Because of the significant change for the better following that week of prayer, we did not pursue the VNS implant until later, in June, when seizures had returned with a vengeance.  After the epileptologist at Shands Neurological Center had seen Anissa and studied her charts, he said, “You better get your group and preacher to pray for her again!”  He informed us that, to his knowledge, the oldest person to live with Lennox Gastaut Syndrome was 28 years.  At that time, Anissa was 37.

The epileptologist’s assistant happened to be present when Anissa experienced a very hard sequence of seizure activity:  jackknife into tonic-clonic into psychomotor (complex partial) and myoclonic, so the assistant ran quickly to get the epileptologist.  It was the only time in Anissa’s life that a doctor was present to see first-hand how devastating such spells can be and described the hard thrusting of her arms as “fencing” motions.  Afterwards, the “odds” given by the doctor regarding the VNS implant were not favorable for the type of seizures that Anissa experiences, as well as her “self-mutilation” to any strange body sensation.   Also, she would have a four to five day hospital stay for video documentation of seizure activity, MRI and other testing. With my husband’s restricted breathing and need of oxygen, I would have had to stay with Anissa.  Considering all things, the doctor felt it was important to best follow our “gut” feeling.

Shortly thereafter, I heard a minister share the following:  “One day a hunter came across a bear in the woods. ‘I want a full stomach,’ said the bear.  ‘I want a fur coat,’ said the hunter.  ‘Let’s compromise,’ suggested the bear – and promptly ate the man.  As a result, the bear went away with a full stomach, and the man went away wrapped in fur.”  This lesson became clear that if we parents/guardians do not protect our own health, we could all be eaten alive.  So rather than compromise our overall health with more stress, we decided to wait.

The decision proved right when four hurricanes hit our area during August and September – certainly a “proving ground” of our faith.  “Frances” was our most challenging because of no electricity for five days – “Charley” was three days.  We were most grateful that no structural damage occurred with our house and the retreat center.  The main thing we learned: Preparation and Preparation!  Afterwards we wasted no time in purchasing a generator!   In 90 degree+ heat, cold baths were shock therapy for all of us, but seemed to affect Anissa in a positive way with less seizures – or was the good effect due to so many prayers being offered on Florida’s behalf from around the world?

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient.  And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.  Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.”

 Romans 5:3-5 TLB

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My hope and faith needed to be strong and steady when on 12/19/04, more stress took its toll in our lives.  While my husband, Anissa’s “daddy”, was attending church that Sunday morning, with his tithe and offering in hand, he suddenly died of cardiac arrest, possibly triggered by his emphysema/COPD.  All in all, it was a year never to be forgotten and believe me, any survival was totally dependent upon prayer, God and

His Excellent Grace!          

To contact Anissa’s mother email her at blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net

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To take a virtual tour of the healing center go to http://www.wellspringhealingretreat.org

Anissa’s Story – Post #35 – Clear And Present Angels…

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By February, 2003, having received a valid and favorable experience with the Jasmine Essential Oil therapy for Anissa, it seemed a good time to start her on the samples of Keppra, 250mg at bedtime, as prescribed.  After the fourth dose, she began such profuse urination day and night that was injurious to her health because of dehydration, so the Keppra was discontinued. One month later, we again gave the drug another try, only to discover even worse side effects.  Not only did Anissa have profuse urination but seizures multiplied into series of spells and the downhill progression began even though the drug was stopped. Over a period of six months, she would go three or four nights weekly without sleep. It was miraculous that she could even walk with the help of another person, as her fine motor skills and mental alertness had deteriorated immensely.

But to the amazement of all, Anissa continued to surprise us with miracle feats that uplifted our faith, giving us incentive to carry on during troublesome times.

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One evening (9-22-03), an exciting thing happened when Anissa wanted in bed.  My husband took that opportunity to go fill our car with gas, so I decided it would be a good time to vacuum the bath and bedroom floor while keeping an eye on her.  I swept under the hamper, lifted the scatter rug to sweep, put it down, turned to clean in the sink area and there came Anissa walking, holding her blanket in one hand.  At first I thought her dad was in back of her and that I had just missed hearing him return, but then I noticed that his hands were not on her arms.

Momentarily stunned, I held onto the sweeper and said, “Where did you come from?”  She looked absolutely normal and I will never forget the way she looked at me, as if to say, “Well, isn’t this what I’m supposed to do.  I need to go to the potty.” I heard myself say aloud, “I can’t believe it, but I do believe it, because here you are!”  Anissa had not walked without assistance for 17 years, nor has she done so since that day.  She had shoved the railing out from her bed, walked over the sweeper hose and around many obstacles – making me to know that a Divine presence had charge over her.  Then I remembered that several months earlier, while watching television, an evangelist/prophet had spoken that on this same day at 5:00, an angel would be dispatched to our home and to expect a miracle.  That prophetic word was fulfilled to the minute – WOW!

“And you shall rejoice in all the good which the Lord your God has given

you and your household.”  

Deuteronomy 26:11 AMP

Several weeks later, as my husband walked into the kitchen, he was thrilled when Anissa took notice and said, “Daddy!”  Since then, others have noted how at times she looks intently at the person talking to her – something not done in the past.  With autistic mannerisms, she had always seemed to be in her own little world, while at the same time be very much aware of words being spoken.  

When her daddy suddenly passed on to Glory the following year, 12/19/04, everyone wondered how Anissa would cope and if she would miss his loving affection.  During a six month period, it was noticeable how her countenance would light up when she heard certain male voices. She interacted more with men and intently studied their faces.  At such times, God is the One who always filled any void in our lives with a greater abundance of His Excellent Grace.   

To contact Anissa’s mother email her at blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net

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To take a virtual tour of the healing center go to http://www.wellspringhealingretreat.org

Anissa’s Story – Post #34 – Trials & Errors Of The Journey…

 

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Our journey could be described as a course of ruling out any medication or alternative method that would not be beneficial to Anissa’s overall health, while at the same time alleviate the violent seizure activity.  

In mid-April, 2002, we noticed a very strong metallic odor in Anissa’s breath and stools, as well as an abnormal hair loss and increased seizure activity.  As a trial series for better seizure control, she had been taking the antibiotic, Biaxin (clarithromycin), 250mg daily for six months. It was noted that whenever Anissa had taken that medication in past years, even during a sickness, she would be almost seizure free.  Biaxin can reduce the clearance of Tegretol, raising its levels. The strange thing is that whenever Tegretol would be given in a higher dosage, Anissa would only have more seizures, including digestive upset with acid reflux. The antacid, Tagamet (cimetidine), reacts in a similar way with Valium (diazepam).  

“Happy – blessed, fortunate [enviable] – is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding—drawing it forth [from God’s Word and life’s experiences].  For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it than fine gold.”

Proverbs 3:13-14 AMP

Anissa’s blood test revealed a toxic level of Tegretol, so it was reduced from 1200mg to 800mg and the Diazepam from 20mg to 12 ½ mg daily.  By mid-June her drug level was normalized and hair loss stopped but the upset seemed to cause more violent complex seizures. Her mental development was at a standstill, but her physical health remained in excellent condition.  The caregiver’s challenge became greater in protecting Anissa during the violent seizures. Throughout the years, the knowledge gained from that experience has alerted me to think “research” if such “symptoms” should arise.

It was during this difficult time that a non-invasive brain surgery using “gamma knife” was being conducted for certain types of epilepsy, but being non-verbal kept Anissa from being considered as a patient.  The anti-seizure drug, Keppra (levetiracetam), was approved for partial complex seizures. Also, aromatherapy had been reported as being effective for certain people with epilepsy.  

One news article stated:  “In Birmingham, England, jasmine was shown to dramatically reduce the effects of epilepsy in one patient.  All unconscious, dysfunctional electrical discharges of the brain, which occurred every ten seconds, totally stopped after a patient was administered aromatherapy using jasmine only two times.”  After showing the article to Anissa’s neurologist, he said, “Why don’t you first try the aromatherapy and then you will have a true evaluation.  I will give you a sample of Keppra to try later, if you want?” Of course, we agreed!

Since aromatherapy was not a familiar avenue of healing, my lack of knowledge and faith required more information.  Here were the research facts discovered: (1) “Essential oils illicit an immediate olfactory response and they are readily absorbed into the bloodstream.  The olfactory membrane is the only place in the human body where the central nervous system is exposed and in direct contact with the environment.  When an olfactory receptor cell is stimulated, an impulse travels along the olfactory nerve to the limbic portion of the brain, where memory, hunger and emotion is evoked.  Before consciously knowing we are in contact with an aroma, our subconscious mind has already received and reacted to it. (2) Jasmine is considered very antiseptic and can bring balance to hormonal changes or disruptions.  Its powerful aroma indicates it should be used in small doses, never taken internally unless under the care of a doctor and should be used with great caution for infants since their nervous system is still being developed. (3) Epileptics often get what is called an ‘aura,’ a strange smell or taste of something that does not exist, just before a seizure.  Olfactory hallucinations are a symptom of epilepsy [especially in the brain’s temporal lobe] … often leads to bizarre behaviors. (4) Sugar uptake increases during a seizure and falls below normal between seizures. (5) A recovering brain can increase its capacity to form new memories.”

Balance is very important for Anissa’s wellbeing so the Jasmine Essential Oil was first diffused with a vaporizer and later added to her bath water.  Her response was favorable in helping to control the seizure activity, but there were still over 20 days in a month’s time that she experienced one or more seizures a day.

It definitely was an accurate report concerning the validity of aromatherapy, for which I am grateful to have learned.  Having physicians willing to try new methods for seizure control in Anissa was the result of prayer and

His Excellent Grace!

To contact Anissa’s mother email her at blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net

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To take a virtual tour of the healing center go to http://www.wellspringhealingretreatorg

 

Anissa’s Story – Post #33 – Victory In The Trial…

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After a two-year wait for the release of the anti-seizure drug Sabril (vigabatrin) for Anissa, it still was not available by 1999.   It was suggested that we might want to consider trying Topamax (topiramate). We decided it wasn’t worth the risk since kidney stones were reported as one outstanding side effect.  Remembering how her kidneys shut down when an infant due to the drug Phenergan, also, that she would have no way of telling us of any pain afflicted, attributed to our decision. We were told of one parent whose child was taking the drug, that although it helped curtail partial seizures, an increase of tonic-clonic seizures was noted.

Since Anissa had shown patterns of autistic behavior, she began undergoing tests in March, 1999, that qualified her to receive infusions of Secretin at the Autism Research Institute in Palm Bay, Florida.  Jeff Bradstreet, M.D., was in charge of the research and also administered the Secretin infusions. Anissa responded in a very alert and positive way after the first treatment but then experienced an allergic reaction with the third IV.  

Prior lab testing for Anissa had included Food Allergy IgE & IgG Analysis, Hormonal Evaluation Urine Organic Acid and Brain Protein Antibodies with a Serotonin evaluation.  The Myelin Basic Protein Antibody test showed “positive” deterioration of the myelin sheath of nerve passageways in her brain, but MRI scans have never verified such.  The doctor suggested that Anissa might be a candidate to receive an IV of Immunoglobulin. Since she would need anesthesia during a 24-hour period, such therapy could not be instituted.

There were many new anti-seizure medications being released during this period of time.  Our hope was that each one would be the “miracle” drug we had been waiting for, but it did not prove to be so.  On March 10, 2000, Anissa was prescribed Trileptol (oxcarbazepine) which caused a greater increase of seizure activity.  

Then in September, Zonegran (zonisamide) was prescribed which seemed to affect a certain area of her brain that alleviated some seizures but limited the verbal ability to communicate and execute certain physical tasks.  As in the past, when first starting a new drug, Anissa usually would have a positive reaction, but as the dosage builds up in her system, she reacts with more seizures. Zonegran proved to be no exception and in October she totaled over 350 jackknife with tonic type seizures.  After cutting the dosage to half of the original prescribed amount, she experienced more seizure-free days that enabled her to take long walks. By mid-November she made it to ¼ mile. It had been 14 years since she was able to walk that distance.

“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,

as though some strange thing happened to you…”  1 Peter 4:12 NKJV

In January, 2001, Anissa weathered a siege of four fractured toes when her right foot forcefully slid under the bathroom door as she began to fall backwards.  Since taking Zonegran, there had been a noticeable unsteadiness with her standing from time to time. She was an excellent patient but seizures were a challenge as we had to protect her foot from further damage for the bones to fuse correctly.  After several months Anissa was able to resume her walks outdoors and soon our normal routine emerged.

We did not enjoy the “fiery trial” but were so thankful of prayer warriors petitioning God’s mercy and His Excellent Grace for our victory!  

To contact Anissa’s Mother email her at blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net

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To take a tour of the healing center go to http://www.wellspringhealingretreat.org

Anissa’s Story – Post #32 – A Tempting Offer… But The Devil Was In The Details…

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The dictionary describes “longsuffering” as showing self-restraint in the face of provocation, the opposite of anger and is associated with mercy.  It was God’s mercy that kept our faith strong when the anti-seizure drug Sabril (vigabatrin) was not released by the FDA as had been expected for Anissa, previously in 1997.

In the meantime, another new drug, Gabitril (tiagabine), was prescribed.  It helped diminish severe tremors/shakes and curb digestive reflux, creating a better appetite, which enabled Anissa to function better physically.  But mental confusion took away her ability to feed herself or work her puzzles without help. Once again, when a higher dose of the drug was prescribed in an effort to raise the level to hopefully control the seizures, it caused her to relapse.  Her body was unable to tolerate the Gabitril dosage and health-wise, she went rapidly downhill.

At that low point of Anissa’s life, alternative therapy was prescribed by her neurologist.  It was a type of antioxidant therapy which combined the amino acid N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) along with therapeutic supplements of B-6, B-2 and magnesium.  Studies using NAC therapy revealed a slowing in deterioration of the neurodegenerative process. Research also confirmed that cysteine can help to build and maintain an effective immune system.  There was a significant improvement of Anissa’s overall health, until the dosages were raised, then the seizures worsened. A small maintenance dose worked best and Anissa’s health was restored!

At that time, NAC was being used for treatment of cystic fibrosis and is presently used to restore health to the liver, especially as a result in over dosage of Tylenol (acetaminophen).  We had to order, by prescription, a special liquid formula of NAC from the pharmacy at the University of Florida Hospital where the Veterans Medical Services were researching and implementing NAC therapy.  It was explained to me that the composition of their formula was able to get past the blood barrier of the brain; whereas, many NAC supplements do not. Currently, reports indicate that NAC is one of the most effective agents available for scavenging free radicals and is considered a type of universal antidote.

Alternative ways of healing are often suggested or offered to families such as ours.  Tempting opportunities cross our paths and in desperate situations, many persons have been deceived by false hope and sometimes false claims.  What can control seizures for one person might work the opposite and be poison to another. The Word of God says to pray about all things and to try the spirits.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”  1 John 4:1-3

Our first experience along those lines happened when Anissa was having 30 to 40 tonic-clonic seizures daily until she could barely breathe during the summer of 1975.  An opportunity with all expenses paid was offered for us to take her to a clinic in Arizona. The intention of the heart of the person was loving and pure in wanting to help Anissa, but the avenue was based on the theory of a psychic medium who believed Jesus Christ was reincarnated rather than the only begotten Son of God.  

That was our first experience in recognizing how “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).  God’s pathway, instead, was to supernaturally deliver Anissa at that time, enabling her to be free of seizures for an entire year.  To put faith in anything or anyone but the Living God can impair one’s judgment. A person may be easily deceived if blinded or ignorant of the Holy Bible which is God’s Word to us.  Safe guards to consider when such temptations surface include prayer, seeking Godly wisdom, careful research, wise counsel, financial cost, interaction with other mediations or supplements being used, allergies and other sensitivities, and, of course, being in agreement with a spouse or co-guardians.

Achieving ultimate victory God’s way rests with His Excellent Grace!       

To contact Anissa”s mother email her at blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net

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To take a tour of the healing center go to http://www.wellspringhealingretreat.org

 

Guest Post – Depression Transition By The Word Of God…

Some depressions can be handled with mind over matter, but there are others that can’t.  Everything is dark and difficult. Before I experienced that kind, I thought people who complained of depression were lazy pessimists – “Eeyores”! After I had my daughter, I got the baby blues.  I cried all the time. One day felt like three — joyless, hopeless, boring days.  I would try to talk myself out of them by creating things to do. Nothing worked! I only got more annoyed by failed attempts of climbing out of it on my own.

My husband suggested seeing a doctor.  The doctor suggested prescription drugs, which, after a battle with pride, I surrendered.  However, while pregnant, I read so many articles about babies and the one thing I wanted to do for sure, was nurse!    The doctor told me that the dose was low enough to still nurse. But after two days, I could see a difference in my daughter.  I could not take medicine and nurse at the same time.

Right after my husband left for work, I got down on my knees in the living room and prayed:  “Lord, You saved me from my sins.  You saved me from hell. Surely, this depression is nothing for You – Help!”  And I wept for a long time, punching the floor, letting it all out before the throne of God.  

I was not healed of my depression immediately, nor did I receive any promises or get words that I would be.  That tiny mustard seed of faith began to start a root.  That root came in the form of a radio show. A speaker spoke about when you go to work, you don’t just roll out of bed and start working.  You get up, get dressed, eat, etc. Stay at home moms should do the same, one step ahead of the demanding baby. I knew I had to do this, as painful as it was to get up at 6:00, I did.

Combined with this advice was the pleading of a Pastor from the pulpit to read the Bible in its entirety.  Get to know God yourself. I combined those two – 6 a.m. and the Bible. Again, no magical time, no immediate gratification.  But, I noticed, I was thinking of things I read in the morning. Like Leah, how unloved she was. I had a new admiration for God in looking at her with concern, blessing her with sons.  Leah named her first three sons the names that represent her not being loved and wanting her husband’s love. Then she had Judah … which means … This time I will praise the Lord.  I would think about that throughout the day and then realized that is the lineage of Jesusthe Lion of the tribe of Judah.  “This time I will praise the Lord” … a surrender, and through that surrender is Jesus Christ.

As I was doing my laundry, I would think about the Israelites having animal blood sprinkled on their clothes.  What was it like for them to not have oxyclean and have blood stains on their clothes? Especially from an innocent animal that died for their sins.  What a soberness they must have had. My soberness came to …. thinking about Jesus. That blood I sing about, talk about, is needed – really needed!

I read about Jephthah.  It took my breath away. I grieved and cried with his daughter and her friends.  While reading Proverbs 14:23, I had a jumper, one that just jumps out and comes to live with you:  “In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”  And so, while doing monotonous chores, I would quote this.  Sometimes gritting my teeth, other times with a smile knowing that none of it was in vain.  The Word was traveling from my brain to my heart and changing me.

I noticed two themes that were mentioned over and over.  “Fear not … Wait … Fear not, I am with you.”   Did I believe that?  Was He with me when I was feeding mushy orange stuff to my baby in the high chair?  Was He with me as I made piles of clothes on my couch and while changing diapers? I had to believe ‘yes’ – I chose to believe ‘yes’.

One day I was in my car ready to drive away and a beautiful leaf was on my windshield.  “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” came to mind.  “Leaf” you – I smiled.  Since then, God has continued to give me organic love notes reminding me that He will never “leaf” me. : ) “Wait on the Lord” Psalm 27:14.  You know what I do when I wait?  I doubt. I want to change the plans.  Like Saul, I saw that if I did not wait the way I am supposed to, I am Saul and not David.  I also saw that although I could quote: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 – but did I do that?  My own understanding was that I was doing meaningless work with no rewards.  My own understanding was that I was not doing anything for the Kingdom.  My own understanding was that I was invisible, that everyone else had importance and I was forgotten.  I had to ignore that.  I had to trust God.  Trust in a God that is asking me to wait.  Asking me to not fear. Asking me to acknowledge Him … then came the paths.  And I really began to love Him. Because I saw that the Lord was good for myself.

When I finished the Bible, I closed it and prayed this:  “Lord forgive me, I did not know You.  I knew bits and pieces and I made up the rest.  Forgive me. Although I still have unanswered questions, You are clearly defined.”  Not only did I have a new love for the Lord.  I had a healthy fear. And He is here! And fresh from Revelation, He is coming again!    

             Hosea 7:14 (NIV) says,

“They do not cry out to Me from their hearts but wail on their beds.”

Could it be that we are crying into our pillows and not into the God who loves us?  He is a Father to us. He tells us in Matthew 23 to not call anyone else Father, because that is His role to us … not to call anyone else Teacher, because again, He is to be that to us.  I was not letting God be my Father, nor my Teacher, but when I did, it made all the difference. I am His daughter – His apprentice.

I can’t tell you a day when the depression left, but I know that the Holy Spirit walked me out of it by my walking with God, following Jesus.  I had to take “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” out of my framed artwork and turn it into my daily practice.

“Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him.  As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”  Hosea 6:3 NIV

May the Lord bless you and may you dare to draw close to Him and receive bountiful blessings of His Excellent Grace!

 

Shared by Laura Ogrodnik

 

                                                                   

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Anissa’s Story – Post #31 – God’s Silver Lining In The Midst Of Trials…

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In February, 1997, an MRI scan of Anissa’s brain and upper spine was scheduled at Holmes Regional Hospital in Melbourne, Florida.  The radiologist read the scan as normal; however, the neurologist thought there was a slight atrophy (shrinkage) of Anissa’s cerebellum.  [Just recently I have learned that the anti-seizure medication, Tegretol (carbamazepine), which Anissa has taken since 1982, can cause atrophy of the cerebellum.]   If so, this could possibly explain why previous remedies became futile. For example, we had taught her to say aloud, “head – stop shaking – Jesus name,” and her head would stop shaking.  But then came the time when it no longer worked.  We have learned that if the root cause is a physical malfunction, a therapeutic correction may be necessary before prayers are answered.

During that hospital visit, a nurse had given us the name of a dentist in the Palm Bay area who worked with patients like Anissa —“just in case we should sometime need a good dentist.”  What a blessing that turned out to be!  In September, one of Anissa’s molar teeth fractured due to a hard seizure and tightly clenched jaw.  Because of the greater force and increase of seizures, it was again necessary to put her under general anesthesia for dental work.

At that time, there were no dentists in our area who would work on her teeth.  It certainly was much less stressful going to the Palm Bay Hospital rather than Shands Hospital in Gainesville.  Finally, on the day after Thanksgiving, the tooth was extracted. The doctor was “amazed” as to the excellent condition of Anissa’s overall oral hygiene for all she had been through.  The restoration period from her oral surgery was more of a challenge this time. Within three days, she battled a cold and sinus infection that required antibiotic treatment for her total recovery.

Sinus flare-ups and headaches always seemed to be “a thorn in the flesh” that required medication to offset any major health problems for Anissa.  Her neurologist had verified how “climate changes can affect seizure activity,” which we had noticed when sporadic temperature changes were drastic.  As we questioned the doctor further, he explained that the changes involve the nervous system which, in turn, may trigger seizure activity.  Looking back over the records of Anissa’s daily seizures, it is interesting to note that whenever she was on an antibiotic for any infectious condition, such as sinusitis, she would be almost completely free of seizures. The negative thing about that therapy – she would wind up with Candida, a yeast infection that required additional medicine, and to our dismay, more seizures.     

After several weeks of waiting for a bill of service from the Palm Bay Hospital anesthesiologist, we finally got in touch with the one who performed the procedure to inquire why we hadn’t received a bill.  He replied, “Because I didn’t send one!”  He went on to explain how Anissa’s story deeply touched his heart.

“… the things which were sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.  And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:18-19 NKJV

We are so grateful for such giving and caring individuals who go beyond the call of duty – definitely an extension of His Excellent Grace!

To contact Anissa’s mother email her at blawyerlogos@bellsouth.net

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To take a virtual tour of the healing center go to http://www.wellspringhealingretreat.org