Back To School and Off of Facebook

School is about to start again and I am not just talking about the children. I have been praying about going back to school for several years.  

I love natural medicine. That is not to say I don't like allopathic medicine, as it has its place. I will never forget the first time I walked into the naturopath's office in Monroe, Washington. I had been struggling with recurring sinus infections to the point my sinus cavity had shifted and caused permanent damage. The local MD had me on recurring antibiotics for 10 months at this time. 

At that first appointment I met an ND named MaryAnn. She had a little office in town, not the least bit fancy, but she was so welcoming. My first appointment was two hours long and I spent the entire two hours with her...not sitting in the waiting room. 

Pediatric Doctor of Naturopathy

Over the two years we lived in Monroe, we saw MaryAnn for my sinus issues, my first bee sting (I am allergic to bees), a newborn that refused to eat, a toddler with ear pain, my hubby's enzyme deficiency and more. I loved the fact that MaryAnn would really listen, but more importantly she was interested in what was causing the problem, not just the symptoms that were presenting at the time. 

Since moving to GA we have seen several ND's over the years and feel very blessed to have some great traditional naturopaths in our area. 

In 2012 when Titus was born we began the journey of finding answers to our questions about his health issues. Why did he cry around the clock? Why did he not want to breastfeed? Why was he not gaining weight? Why did he not want to be held or soothed? He looked normal, but we knew there was something wrong with our little boy. 

While searching for answers we discovered there are very few Doctors of Naturopathy that specialize in pediatrics. There are lots that specialize in women's health, men's health, cancer and reproductive issues. 

Add to this the challenge of finding even an MD pediatrician that would see Titus if we chose to delay or deny vaccinations and we were stuck. We did find answers eventually, thanks to our family ND/MD and our own research, but it took well over a year and by that time Titus was falling off the bottom of the growth chart. 

Over the last few years I have had emails, calls and letters from families trying to find a pediatrician that would see their children because either they don't vaccinate, they homebirth or they don't see a physician for regular well checks. Most families don't do well visits because they get tired of the constant attacks and threats that come over the vaccine issue every time they enter the pediatrician's office. 

So where am I going with all of this? I am going back to school to study to become a Doctor of Naturopathy, an ND. My family is very excited about my studies and the direction the Lord is taking us. Pursing natural medicine while raising a large family of 14 children, homeschooling and keeping up with laundry and feeding this crew is going to be challenging, but I am very excited! Many years of training my children to work independently in their school work is paying off as we will be able to work together each day in our studies. 

With my commitment to pursue learning, I will be slimming down my involvement in some outside activities. Facebook is one of those time wasters that has got to go! I will still be keeping up with my family online, but I do not have time for the drama of the outside world. I need to focus my time on my daily relationships with friends, family and neighbors. 

If you would like to keep up with our family please visit us regularly here on Our Full House. I will continue to post pictures and stories about our family and my crazy life with 14 children!

Andy and Carrie Redman