Thursday, December 24, 2015

James and his crazy rash

Around August 31-September 2, James developed numerous itchy bumps around his ankles. Since we’d been in a park, we assumed it was bug or chigger bites and did not do much as a result.  After about 5 weeks with no improvement, we sought out a dermatologist at the recommendation of our doctor.

At it's worst, Halloween (ignore the silly screen shot "ringer" goof up)
Underside of right arm

Very long story short, the dermatologist misdiagnosed him twice and during that process, had him on 2 different antibiotics, various antihistamines, and both topical and oral steroids.   The rash completely took over his entire body.  No one had any answers though there were a few suggestive possibilities.  He sought out both traditional and alternative treatments to help but the only thing that could manage his symptoms was oral steroids.  We did not want him on those long term because of side effects and health concerns but unfortunately, every time he tried to wean off of them, the spots would return and spread with a vengeance.

He was finally able to get a second opinion from another dermatologist who quickly and confidently diagnosed him with Nummular Eczema.  This could have started with the bug bites as a trigger with his already weakened immune system.  He was given a different topical steroid to begin as he once again tries to wean off the oral steroid.  If/when he is able to get his back cleared up enough (hopefully over the next couple of weeks), they will they do a patch test to check for triggers.

The good news is that we finally have a diagnosis and are looking for triggers to help alleviate symptoms.  The bad news is that eczema (especially severe forms) is nearly always linked to gut issues which we already know he has... so we're still at square one working on gut healing.

Keep the prayers coming!  He's been in a constant state of crazy itching for four solid months now.  Relief would be wonderful though we know that ultimately, our faith can't be in healing... Our faith is in our God and his mysterious ways.

Until next time...

Take care,

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Limiting Beliefs versus Liberating Truths

Michael Hyatt recently did a short webinar entitled "Get What You Want in 2016" on goal setting.  It was an excellent webinar and really made me think.  One of the action items was to write down three limiting beliefs and replace them with three liberating truths.  I followed through on that and felt really relieved just to unload my thoughts on paper.  As my husband says often, sometimes just being aware of things in our lives can be the first step toward change.  I often claim to be an "open book" and so I wanted to share these things with you.  It is my prayer that I encourage someone else who struggles as I do.

  • Limiting Belief #1:
    • I'm a failure.  If I don't succeed the first time, I never will.
  • Liberating Truth #1:
    • I will not give up that easily.  If I don't succeed the first time I will continue to try until I'm satisfied with the result OR I will attempt to be at peace that I've made a good faith effort.

  • Limiting Belief #2:
    • I'm not a present or patient mother.
  • Liberating Truth #2:

  • Limiting Belief #3:
    • If I can't do everything I want or need to do, I'm worthless.  Why even try?
  • Liberating Truth #3:
How about you?  What are your limiting beliefs and liberating truths?

Until next time...

Take care,

Monday, December 21, 2015

Santos Kids Christmas Recital 2015

Tonight we had the pleasure of doing ballet and piano recitals at a local nursing home.  Here are clips from the performances.  Abigail (14mo old) desperately wanted to play the piano and did not cooperate well.  As a result, our friend Cole (8yrs old) video taped Hannah's piano performance and it's a tad shaky/off. ;)  But we got it none-the-less.  Enjoy.

Take care!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Easy Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

I threw this together tonight and it got two thumbs up by everyone - even my pickiest hot chocolate drinker. I bet you didn't know those existed, did you?  If I had to guess, you could probably throw all of this in a Vitamix and blend until hot as well. :)

Serves 8

4c water
4c canned coconut milk or cream
1 1/4 c Enjoy Life chocolate chips
2t vanilla

In a medium saucepan, warm water and coconut milk.  Once warmed, add chocolate chips and vanilla.  Stir until well mixed.  Enjoy!

Take care,

*BTW... this recipe was inspired by a similar concoction our friend Amanda B. came up with. :)