My Essential Life

Dear Lord,

I thank you for the readers who come back and want to learn more about my nutty life. I pray that you allow me to tell my story of my journey as openly as possible. Please be with my nutty followers as they read this. Help them to be understanding and open minded.

Amen!

Hi Everyone!

As I said in my last post I want to share my journey with essential oils and how they became such a large part of mine and my family’s life. Please remember- this is MY story. I am not saying I am a doctor or that I or the oils can heal anyone! There will also be no mom- shaming! I love my kids just as other parents love theirs and we are all entitled to care for and protect them to the best of our abilities!

When we had our son, he was a perfectly healthy baby other than being jaundice from birth. Within a week or so he was much better. I breastfeed him for about nine weeks until I discovered he was not handling my milk well. He was fussy, constantly had gas, and could never get enough to eat even though he was in the 99-100 percentile on everything! We tried supplementing just at night so he could get a restful sleep. Who am I kidding- I wanted sleep too! After I stopped breastfeeding and he started daycare we battled ear infection after ear infection, which meant antibiotic after antibiotic. I hated the thought of this. By the time he was 12 months old, he had been on antibiotics 11 times. That’s a lot y’all! We finally were able to talk his pediatrician and ENT into tubes when he was 18 months old.  Even after the tubes he still struggled with ear infections and sinus infections. So round 2 of tubes and adenoidectomy (he had his adenoids removed). He has done much better since, only struggling seasonal allergies and the most recent outbreak of the flu!

While I was pregnant with our daughter, and ultrasound indicated she had an enlarged kidney. I was frightened by this as many parents would be. I read several articles about hydronephrosis, the medical term for enlarged kidney. I learned that this could be a prolonged issue and could require surgery if it did not self-correct. I learned that it is very common for children with enlarged kidneys to have a reflux from their bladder to their kidney. So the kidney can fill back up with urine. I learned that to prevent any infections that could cause long term damage to her kidney or bladder, she would be on a long term “preventative” dose of antibiotic. Let me tell you, she wasn’t 12 hours old when she got that first does in. While on the antibiotic she was constantly constipated and seemed like the most uncomfortable baby we had seen. She was not as happy as our son. We knew we did not like how it effected her. She maintained this dose until she was about 9 or 10 months old. At this point we had been to see the specialist 3 times and were about to have another appointment where they would do a VCUG. Basically they gave her die and filled her bladder and watched to see if it refluxed into her kidney from her bladder and how long it took it to empty from both. It was the absolute worst thing I had ever gone through. I know that other parents go through much worse and are much stronger than I, and I pray for them all the time. However, what we found was that she had  progressed in the healing and had very minimal signs of hydronephrosis or a reflux. Mind you, she had never had a kidney infection or bladder infection either. So, while we had taken her off her antibiotic, we had the fear of admitting this to the specialist. She then recommended that we not only keep our daughter on the antibiotic, but increase the dose.

.IMG_4941 (She was a little jaundice as well)

At this point, my husband and I knew that this was not going to be an option. We knew that the long term effects of antibiotics at this point would be more harmful than good. We did not know what we were going to, but we were going to figure it out! We started so research on how to prevent kidney and bladder issues and how to support her health.  We went with increased fluid intake and feed her a good yogurt. Then in June my best friend asked if I would attend her mother in laws class on essential oils.  With some experience with oils from other friends, I agreed to go! That was the best decision I ever made. I learned how these NATURAL- form the earth- oils that go through a third party testing to ensure their purity and potency could help support her health. I was so excited! Then I learned that they had oils that help support your digestive system, emotions, and respiratory. All of these are issues that my family deals with. I learned the doTerra prides itself on only harvesting the best quality products and helps to build sustainable communities where it harvests from. Watch the video below! And I loved that the company was built to help people take control of their health and to be empowered to care for their family.

Needless to say, I wanted to be able to get these products for my family so that I could take care of them better. I got a starter kit of essential oils and activated my wholesale membership. I knew that I would love to share it with those that are close to me and I would want to help them to be just as empowered, so I became a Wellness Advocate. I have never been happier sharing these amazing products, using them to help support my family and health issues that arise. While I do think their is a time and place for modern medicine, my family is not one at this time! I will take natural, no harmful chemicals any day!

Here is a link if you would like to learn more about the essential oils:  https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/carliewhitledge

Feel free to email me at thesquirrellymom@gmail.com if you have any questions! I will get back to you as soon as possible!

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4 Comments

  1. BELINDA DEVILLEZ

    You are an amazing mom and one of the smartest, kindest women I know! I am so happy that a healthier lifestyle has helped you and your whole family. I love your blog and am a big fan! I can’t wait to read your next!! XOXO

  2. Erica K

    You my dear are such a fighter. Those babies are so happy and loved! And pretty darn cute! Love your blog 🙂

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