Fiala health update. :)
It appears we’re on the right track with Fiala’s health. She isn’t healed up quite enough for me to have full-on hope, but the hope is glimmering. Last night, I talked with a woman who, 30 years ago, almost died from a systemic Candida infection, and comparing her story to Fiala’s was a confirmation. Not that Fiala almost died. But, much of what Fiala is experiencing, the lady had, too. And she knows Fi well enough that, once I suggested to her that Fi may have Candida, it was like a light switched on for her, “Oh, yes… of course… why didn’t I think of that???”
We see the naturopath next week. I’m going to ask for stronger antifungals. Nystatin is working juuuuuussssst well enough to help, but it really has only made a small dent on Fiala’s head-to-toe symptoms. Although — I know this is a little strange — I do know that fungal infections can be very slow to heal, and I know this because our dog suffered from Valley Fever, which is also fungal. It took her most of a year to come back to full health.
The place which has had the most improvement is on her scalp. From ear to ear, across the top of her head, Fiala had crust, a good ¼” thick in places, like the worst bout of cradle cap you’ve ever seen. She lost quite a bit of hair from it, and for the last couple of months, when we go any place public, most of the time, I have her wear a hat, because it’s just scary/sad to look at, and freaks people out. I was looking at hear head last night, and though her hair is thin, it is probably 80% healed, which is just amazing.
Fi’s chin is significantly better, as well. It’s red and rashy, still, but not oozy, crusty, and bloody.
Other places on her body have slightly improved, and some not so much. That may be because we could use up the 30g tube of Nystatin in a day or two if we followed the instructions to apply it to “all affected areas” three times a day. Instead, we have to make the tube last for at least a week. So, she’s not getting great coverage on “all affected areas” which is virtually every square inch of her body.
Fiala is still on a sugar-free and starch-free diet, minus a small ration of blueberries daily — her one joy! I’ve even tried some protein-type foods, just to see how she’d handle it: chicken, hard cheese, almonds… I’m still leery of pretty much everything, and it’s hard to tell often when something has an ill effect. But, so far, so good. Fi doesn’t like chicken, though, we’ve discovered. She adores cheese. “Orange cheese? Can I have orange cheese?” And we’re only two days into an almond trial, so it’s too early to tell, but she does adore them, and is very excited to be eating almonds. 🙂 Precious girl.
Unrelated to health, the other day, I was making dinner, and my girl who lives to “snug” came up to me with arms upstretched and said, “Mama, will you please hold me?” Now, normally, I would plop right down on the kitchen floor for a few snugs, at least, but I was in a terrible hurry, and said, “Oh, Fi. I’m so sorry, but I can’t hold you right now.” She flopped down in despondency, and wailed, “But I can’t hold myself!” Ha! So true. We can’t hold ourselves. That’s why we need Jesus, and the Body of Christ, and the support of family and friends…. She’s a good reminder of all of that, to me. I’ve been giving much thought lately to how the things that the enemy has meant for our destruction, the Father — as is His specialty — turns it into a blessing, and for the benefit of many. I feel like that, even though our three-year battle with Fiala’s health is not over. She is so worth it. So very, very worth it.