June 14, 2011
Where is it, Moon? 32nd Round of Chelation
She used her language in ways she hasn't before and added descriptive words to
her sentences. She even threw in some articles for good measure. Last week's
"Mom, eat apple" very matter-of-factly became "Mom, eat the red apple" and the
'wow' moments kept coming as the day progressed.
At one point, she searched through her closet and found a forgotten game (since
she'll historically only play the same things over and over, I was floored!) The game
was missing the number Zero. She brought it to me and said "Where is it, Zero?"
We're working on replacing the "it" with a "the" but still ----- unprompted WH-
questions are like solid gold in our house.
Before she fell asleep, observing that it was still light outside, she turned to me and
asked "Moon... Mom, where is it, Moon?" wow. just wow. Monumental, coming
from a girl who we once had serious doubts would ever speak.
As I answered her, the No pain... ticker scrolled on in my head and I knew the risk
was worth it. We've begun our victory over lead and the veil that separates her
world from ours is being lifted with each round of chelation. Today is just one
example of why we do biomedical treatments and how they're helping her grasp the
things her incredible therapists teach her.
At the end of the day, this weekend's round concluded with a score of Caroline 1 -
Yeast 0. And rumor has it that she's favored to take the championship.
Today was a big day at our house.
No soccer championships were won, no training wheels were taken off, but Caroline
has had one of the best days of her life.
This past weekend, with the motto "No pain, No gain" replaying through my head like
a scrolling news ticker, I took a risk and added into her supplement lineup something
called DMSA. It's a heavy metal detox-er that removes lead, which sounds great, but
unfortunately -- being sulphur based, it also feeds yeast.
To people not in the biomedical inner circle, the affectionately referred to "yeast
beast," is quite frankly, the bane of our existence. It causes inattentiveness,
spaciness, night waking, drunken laughter, teeth grinding, irritability, eczema... the list
So, when you fight this particular beast on a daily basis with ~special diets~ and
~spreadsheets~ and ~prayers~ and ~seances~ (ok maybe not that last one) all
centering around keeping it from rearing it's ugly head, intentionally introducing
something that feeds it is perhaps akin to feeling as if you're about to enter a lion's
den.... a lion that hasn't been fed in a long, long time.
Getting on with the story...
During Low Dose Chelation (Andy Cutler protocol) you call the weekend-long doses
"rounds" and since they require around the clock dosing, you generally begin on
Friday mornings. This past Friday, (our 32nd weekend of chelation) the term 'round'
certainly took on a dual meaning.
Gloves on, we began uneventfully and she appeared to be handling the DMSA well.
Nice eye contact, good use of language, the usual "on round behaviors." However,
by Friday night, the yeast beast was suiting up for a battle. That night, Caroline was
wide awake from 1-5 am.
While she danced on the bed and laughed for HOURS, I started to wish we never
entered the ring. I wanted to stop the dosing, but I knew she had lead in her body
that we needed to remove, so I summoned up my nerves and bore down.
I stopped her dancing long enough to give her the 4am dose (chelation doses are
every 3 hours for 72 hours) and finally somewhere around 5:30, she fell asleep. The
alarm for the 7 am dose came at what felt like exactly 5 minutes later. Terrified I
would wake her, I hesitated to give it, but I did and apparently there is a God,
because she remained peacefully asleep.
On Saturday, I pulled out the entire arsenal of yeast fighters and the rest of the
weekend went on, not as awful as expected... until Sunday night when the yeast team
got it's second wind and kept her up several hours in the night.
On Monday morning, thankfully it was time to stop the round. We did and waited with
baited breath for things to settle and the yeast to calm down - hopefully revealing
notably successful results by Tuesday.
Today is Tuesday and Hallelujah .... Caroline has amazed us all day long.
At one point, she decided, all on her own to abandon her computer games (OMG!)
and stroll into her playroom. She looked around, stopping to glance at things she
usually doesn't even notice and found something that peaked her interest (a little
pony doctor set).
She sat down and played with it --- real, honest to goodness playing. She even had
he pony listen to HER heart, which, to those of you fortunate enough not to know, is
way up on the ladder of play skills -- because she actually pretended through the
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