Twins- This is a story and introduction to you of Audrey and Annie.
Andrea is the mother of twin girls Audrey and Annie, they are almost 11 years old. With Andrea’s permission I begin at the beginning by taking an article she has written to illustrate the story of Audrey and Annie:
I attended high school with Andrea. We reconnected about 6 weeks ago at church in Brampton, where I was visiting my sister who ( by coincidence) has become friends with Andrea. They both attend the same small group their church. My sister is 4 years younger than I. Andrea and I chatted briefly as I noted the twins were around. As my sister later filled me in on the details of their health. I immediately thought Dr. Peter Amilinger could help. For those of you who don’t know who Dr. Peter Amiliger is please read my blog entry “wondering, watching, waiting” http://drlauragravelle.blogspot.ca/2013/07/wondering-watching-and-waiting.html. I knew there was help that the medical community maybe could not explain, nor even accept as possible. This is chiropractic. This is, potentially a case where when the brain can heal, when the brain can reconnect more life is possible in the body. I strongly felt the necessity to suggest Dr. Amlinger and Chiropractic. A breif description to Dr. Peter ensued with describing the scenario and medical interventions went something like this:–
-Tuberous sclerosis complex
-Diagnosed with infantile spasms at about 9mos.
-ACTH treatment-5 weeks.
– both girls have 7-8 tubers on ventricle and too many other tubers throughout brains to count.
– both are not candidates for epilepsy surgery.
-Annie is on: Trileptal, Keppra & Vimpat.
-has also been on: phenobarbital, clobazam, topamax(paradoxicaleffect), valproate, Valium
Current Rescue meds: Midazolam, phenobarbital
Past rescue meds: Dilantin, Ativan, fosphenatoin,
-Seizures are mainly: partial/complex, absence and sometimes drop seizures.
Annie seems to have outbursts of aggression ( has for years now) after seizures.
She seems anxious and is OCD with certain things.
-She recently had her Keppra increased to 1500mg -2x/day from her previous total of 1750mg/day.
She is waking in the night very aggressive and having partial seizures.
-she is generally agitated and is no longer able to attend school due to her aggression and breakthrough seizures.
As you can see a lot of medical interventions.
I knew the principle of chiropractic could increase the quality of life that these girls were designed to have. The principle of healing could be expressed more.
See as Chiropractors, regardless of condition we treat the person that has the “condition” not the “condition” itself. If there is stress on the nervous system that system, body and life is better without the presence of nerve stress (subluxation).
Is it plausible that the girls were subluxated? Is it plausible that their bodies had been under physical, emotional or chemical stressors in the past 11 years? yes…
I approached Andrea about this, knowing Dr. Peter would be able to help. The principle of Chiropractic and his hands especially I would trust their healing in Initially she was hesitant and then agreed to give it a shot!
I was ecstatic! I was jumping with joy! I knew we were on to something and the principle could help the healing the girls could experience.
We arranged a home visit by Dr. Peter. ( if you have not read my blog post about the power of home visits please read “Home visit” http://drlauragravelle.blogspot.ca/2014/05/home-visit.html ) . This was an important first step as the girls would be better cared for ( initially) in their home.
What transpired was, and continues to be a blessing, with every adjustment.
What I have decided to do is compile a list of Facebook postings and place them in chronological order here, to showcase the progression and healing:
After a successful house call by an amazing Christian chiropractor, both girls responded positively and seemed calmer. At bed time, Annie went to sleep within 20minutes and without a meltdown and crying. A first in quite a few weeks. :*)As Dr.Laura Jean Baxter- Gravelle would say, “let the healing begin!” Thank you for praying.
Annie went to sleep easily last night and slept thru until 7:30am. She woke up very happy and has been content all day. She was drowsy and slept 45mins. with her respite worker, Stephanie Munholland. I also got to clean the garage, go for a bike ride and take a shower. Better day and Dr.Peter Amlinger is coming to adjust the twins again tonight:)
Peter Amlinger I’m honoured to be of service.
Another successful chiropractic house call. Annie is visibly calmer after her adjustment. Audrey was emotional but in the end was watching Dr.Peter Amlinger as he drove away. This truly is the favour of God and I’m being spiritually blessed as it unfolds.
With God all things are possible and we WILL do more than just survive…we were made to thrive! Annie was calm and happily walked to Lily’s room when I suggested “bed time”. She needed me to lay with her but this is a step in the right direction! Good night and God bless.
And did I mention I didn’t have to give Midazolam today?
The God on the mountain is still God in the valley.
She ate well all day and was content, although stimming a bit with her iPad. She requested to go swimming when the other kids were in the pool and was in there with them for about an hour. It was so good to be able to have people over.
She was happy all evening and only got a bit upset at 9:20, when she was ready for bed. Went to bed easily.
A great day. God is good…all the time.
Annie had a brief wake up moment at 11:45pm, when Lily was getting into bed with her. She settled easily with her iPad and big sister beside her.
Slept thru til 8:50am! Happy to watch Russ and Will-already in the pool.
So far so good, in spite of a slight cough. Praise God.
Annie had an okay day. Too anxious for church, so she stayed home with Kirk. Both of them have colds anyway. She was on edge this aft but was adjusted by Dr.Peter Amlinger and had an excellent evening with Donette Bobb, while the 5 of us went to a friend’s birthday celebration. Praying Annie can attend school tomorrow.
No school for Annie today. Still has a slight cough and stuffy nose, so she’s still needing phenobarbital daily to keep seizures at bay. Seeing 1-3 partials per day. This means we aren’t getting a true picture of how she is doing yet, as anticonvulsants are not well absorbed when sickness is present. For now, she’s content with her iPad, although spinning and obsessively pressing it. Not ideal but not aggressive. Please keep praying for healing to continue. We want Annie to thrive, not merely survive. Thx friends.
Annie’s had a day of spinning in circles, nose wiping, some partial seizures, some moments of being upset, some times of contentment, some singing and some chatting…still home from school.
Looking forward to the adjustment by Dr.Peter Amlinger tonight.
Keeping the faith.
The story is not unique we see stories of healing each and everyday in our office. Some healing is very visible, many other stories are of the healing that we cannot see. This story is no where near ended , actually just beginning. Each day we will see the healing that is possible for the twins.
The Lord works in mysterious ways, healing presents itself in unexpected times. I don’t think Andrea was anticipating this type of healing from chiropractic, perhaps didn’t even think anything could offer the hope and help that has come so far.
I know the body can heal and will continue to watch how the healing occurs in the twins so they will THRIVE…
Overall Andrea feels, so far (it has been less than 2 weeks since adjustments began):
Annie has been able to cope better with her frustration as well as her breakthrough seizures. She’s still stuffy so isn’t back to school yet. Today is the first day I’m trying her without the extra meds(phenobarbital ) we’ve been giving her. She is still rather obsessive and in her own world but not as agitated. She does need one-to-one attention most of the time still. Since Peter started coming we have not had to use Midazolam for breakthrough seizures or post-ictal aggression. Annie HAS been on Clobazam for a week now though too.
Generally both girls are sleeping better after the adjustments.
P.S. Their neurologist has also suggested if the chiropractic treatments are working to decrease the medications prescribed. That is huge.
We wait and watch the healing unfold.
Dr. L 🙂
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