So, where have I been?


Fasting the internet, that is.

Many people from my church went on a Daniel fast for the first three weeks of January.  That’s basically a whole-foods vegan diet, like Daniel and his buddies did when they were taken captive into Babylon.

However, for me, excluding foods???  That’s a walk in the park.  Other than meat, the Daniel fast would EXPAND the foods I’m currently eating.  So, I had been considering other options, other things to fast.

On the 31st of December, I think it was, I was talking with my friend Elizabeth, who is a doctor… actually, it was more like SHE was talking to ME, giving me some guidance on Fiala.

As long-time readers of this blog will be aware, my dear baby, who is 15 months old today, has had a rough go of it for pretty much her whole life.  After the last doctor we spent lots of money on told us that he’d reached the end of his expertise, and he was advising us to go see a different specialist, my husband and I decided to just give the whole “doctor” thing a break for a while.  So, we had been without medical care for her for about four months…

In the meantime, I was spending time, pretty much daily, online, trying to find out WHAT was wrong with Fiala, and HOW to treat her.  Really, I became overwhelmed and fairly desperate and hopeless.

In that phone conversation, Elizabeth suggested, “I think you need to stay off the internet for a while.”  Though I didn’t really LIKE her advice, I knew she was right.  And, I knew that it would be a perfect fit for the discipline of fasting.

So, that’s where I’ve been:  Living life, sans internet.

Elizabeth and I have kept in close contact, via phone and e-mail…  There have been too many things to recount (though I may go back at some point and try), and Fiala is not altogether healed yet, and we still have a lot of unsolved, unanswered questions.  Still.  Overall, I am highly encouraged, and feel like God is leading us down the path to healing, and that there is light at the end of the tunnel, when previously, we were very much in darkness and floundering about.

God is good.  He is trustworthy.  He loves me and my precious daughter.  I look forward to posting more positive and hopeful writings about Fiala’s health in the near future.  🙂


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on January 22, 2010, in Allergies, Babies, Friendships, God/Christianity/Church, Medical Stuff, Motherhood, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Love you Karen.

  2. KJ, I have been wondering where/how you were! I figured life must have gotten extra busy or something…

    anyhow I’m SO glad you posted about this! my husband has been fasting every week partly in prayer for our kids. it’s been a REAL blessing to us all!

    I am so happy for you and your girl. keep down this path my friend.

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