On the Road Again
Here we go, back to the Amish Iridologist. As we travel back to Hestand, KY, we meet up with Dr. Reuben Schwartz. I’m so thankful that the trip is not too long, about 4 hours. I had packed Hunter’s bag the night before. We had the staples, of course. I had a few pullups, wipes, a baggie, some extra clothes, 3 stuffed animals, a banana, some gluten-free snacks, and 2 movies. I had told the kids to do their chores before bed, to prevent yuckiness in the morning. It was also required, that they all bathe cause…well, they are kids and they smell.
Once morning rolled around, kids ate quickly and got dressed. We hoped in the van and once we were on the interstate, we popped in a movie. Big Daddy drove, I slept, kids watched a movie. It was a good set up.
Due to the MASSIVE amounts of road construction and the fact that Dr. Reuben is out in the middle of nowhere (quite literally), we were 15 minutes late. They were waiting on us because it was inching closer to dinner time and they do not miss their dinner.
His son was there to help, so he took the boys to one room and I had Hunter and Grayce with me. Mr. Reuben did his thing. He got his little crucible and his utility flashlight and he edged all up in my personal space. The man smells like Melaleuca and love, I kid you not. His eyes are bright, his clothes are fantastic, and his white beard with those piercing blue eyes…..oh, and that smile. He is so engaging and friendly (and honest). It has been such a joy getting to know him.
The Results are In for the Kids
G: He said her “rages” were because her left ovary was not very nice LOL. He saw, in her eye, the issue she has had since before she came to us. He even found her pneumonia that she had before she came to us. Apparently, there is scarring from it. Her thyroid is causing her weight to be out of control and stress.
N: Stress, thyroid, adrenal gland, digestive system, and drink more water!
D: Stress, digestive issues, and heart issues. This is probably a biological factor, as Dr. Reuben’s son asked if we had heart issues. We had to, quietly, explain our family dynamics.
J: This boy. Well, there is stress, digestive stuff, not enough water but he was told to “lay off the sodas.” We laughed and said that he doesn’t drink anything but water and milk. They see pre-diabetic stuff going on in him. I had to have Dr. Reuben look at him because I told him Ethiopians do not have diabetes and he is only 12 and something wasn’t seen correctly. Reuben saw the same thing, so we are going to be making a follow up with his pediatrician to check his blood work. Mama is not even playing.
Big Daddy and Me
Big Daddy: He asked him how his joints were (collective laughter as we all know how bad his knees are). He asked him how his stress was, he nailed his thyroid, the fact that he does not drink enough water or that he eats too much red meat. He also laid out the issue with his heart.
Me: Once Dr. Reuben got all up in my stuff, he slid on back in his chair and said: “good grief, you are under tremendous stress.” I told him I was fine and what made him think I was stressed. He laughed and said, “your eye is telling me you are under stress.” I told him of my past 2 weeks where every night, I have been consumed in pain. I either start vomiting or have diarrhea. He said that it was straight up stress. He said we needed to calm my body down.
I find it eye-opening that all my kids (and us) had stress show up in their eyes. This past year has been nothing but a stress ball for us. I don’t think I have considered the effects of Hunter’s condition has had on the children.
How sad, as a mom, I did not recognize that. We are all going to have to sit down and have a family meeting to address this. Our family may need to step back from the few things that we do, in order to see to the mental health of our crew.
I know that I have a lot going on in my life, I mean I have 7 children. There are many irons in many fires. The anniversary of my Lady’s death is coming up, my house is in disarray because we are painting, my room is a nightmare because all my living room belongings are not upstairs, Hunter is not getting better, school, issues with a family member that is breaking my heart.
I have to step back.
It really is that simple.
Now, how to do that…