Baby Caine

Friends,

Thank you to everyone who prayed so diligently for our nephew Caine.  For those who don’t follow us on facebook, I’m thrilled to be the bearer of good news here instead!

After about a week in the ICU, he made a near-miraculous recovery.  On Sunday he was still in the ICU on a high-flow oxygen machine, scheduled for a cystic fibrosis screening in an effort to find the underlying cause of his struggle.  By Monday he was completely off oxygen and ready for release, although they kept him another day to make sure he didn’t relapse.  When he was released Tuesday his breathing was better than it had been since Thanksgiving.

He will be monitored for a while, and will be on steroids for 6 months to help repair the damage to his lungs, but he is doing wonderfully now.

P.S. His mom has requested additional prayer this morning.  She says that after a week of sounding congestion free, he is struggling to breathe some today.

Comments

  1. Kim, I’m so glad to hear that Caine is doing better. The note about increased congestion caught my eye. In my family food allergies show up as increased congestion, especially wheat allergy. I’m assuming he is breast feeding, but he might be allergic to something his mom eats. Just a thought. I’ve had babies in ICU with breathing difficulties so I know how scary it is. Praying for him!

  2. From a mom who’s been there and nearly lost a child…steroids are a beautiful thing. I’m so glad to hear little Caine is doing better.

    I have a question…just genuinely curious. I know that through comments the attitude doesn’t always come through so well, so trust me when I say I ask this with no “snark” intended. I’m wondering how conservative Christians can justify visiting a chiropractor? My understanding is that it is rooted in New Age…chiro…chi ro…energy fields etc. Clearly an “adjustment” for sickness or lung problems has nothing to do with fixing an injured back.

    As a nursing student in my early twenties I ended up in a program that was very much about indoctrinating me into New Age alternative therapies such as therapeutic touch, sweat lodges, meditation etc. and also feminism. It forced me to do a lot of studying on my own time to understand what I was being coerced to participate in (you know, behave or your grades might suffer).

    I read the book Can You Trust Your Doctor? as part of my research, and there was a lengthy section on chiropractic and it’s links to occultic/New Age thought and practice.

    Since then (nearly twenty years ago) I’m seeing more and more inroads into the Christian church by New Age, particularly through New Age “healing methods” and contemplative prayer and it’s making me extremely uneasy. I seriously injured my back four months ago and the first question I often get is if I’ve seen I chiropractor (no, but physical therapy is helping me heal and also preventing this from happening again through stretching and strengthening exercises, not manipulation of energy fields).

    I’m not writing this to bash anyone who does use chiropractors, just suggesting that perhaps Christians should look into the belief system behind these things before participating.

    I hope I haven’t taken the focus off giving thanks for little Caine, or made anyone angry…

    • Amy,
      I understand your concern and I definitely think that a New Age influence has worked its way into chiropractic care, but I don’t think it is at the root and origin. The word itself is derived from the Greek words for hand and practice, cheiro (?????) + praktikós (?????????), “concerned with action.”
      And while many chiropractors themselves seem to cross into what I loosely term as “quackery,” I also know that they can pinpoint and fix some very specific problems in the way our bones, joints and nerves fit and work together. Example: my SI joint frequently slips when I’m pregnant, leaving me completely crippled. I can feel the problem and my husband can even feel the bony protrusion of the joint when it’s out of place, and a chiropractor can put it back into place in 5 seconds giving me a full and instant cure.
      The same objection could be made regarding homebirth: the practice is heavily influenced by New Age and feminism. This doesn’t make it intrinsically bad; it just means we need to keep our guard up.

    • Hi, as a user of chiropractic I’ll take a stab at your question. May I suggest you read the wikipedia entry on history of chiropractic? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chiropractic. The word was coined by a pastor, the Rev. Samuel H. Weed, a friend of D. D. Palmer, and someone who knew both Greek and Hebrew. I couldn’t find too much about Weed, except he was a Civil War vet, and the resultant aches and pains probably sparked his relationship with Palmer.

      I don’t think Palmer was a new-ager, he wasn’t even associated with the hygienic movement as far as I can tell. The Hygienic movement was probably the closest thing to New Age in the 19th century.

      I am not terribly well versed in New Age, but I don’t think there is much original in it. Certainly sweat lodges are not a New Age invention, but rather a cure developed by people thousands of years ago. That “medicine” as such, in early cultures was administered by the medicine man or so called witch doctor surely makes it attractive to the New Age movement. In reality though, the mysticism of those early practitioners thousands of years ago was just a symptom of their lack of knowledge about God.

      There are a lot of things Christians are admonished against that have roots outside of Godly focus, Yoga being a prime example. But I am only reminded of the Apostle Pauls’ teachings in Corinthians about eating meat sacrificed to idols. It was ok to eat the meat, it wasn’t ok to worship the idol. And, of course, some Christians were offended by that meat anyway, and we are not to judge them but rather not to tempt them to go against their conscience.

      If your conscience is against yoga, or sweat lodges, or chiropractic, then don’t partake. But at least in the case of chiropractic, I think your concerns are truely unfounded.

      • I should clarify, when I said there were lots of things Christians were admonished against, I wasn’t referring there to Biblical admonition, but rather popular admonition that may or may not have bibilical basis.

        • Thanks Kim and Lucy, I’ll look into those links and do some more reading. This has been bothering me for a long time, so I thought maybe I should just ask :)

          Kim, I’m also dealing with SI joint problems after my fourth pregnancy. My physiotherapist does move things around for me (I have absolutely no movement as opposed to too much, as well as a crooked pelvis) and now we’re trying to stretch out the injured muscles and strengthen them to help hold everything in place properly. So perhaps some of that isn’t so different than the help you are getting from a chiropractor? We’d really love more children, but I’m quite worried that another pregnancy will make me pretty much disabled.

          Lucy, I spoke once with a First Nations friend from Northern Ontario who had converted to Christianity. He explained that as a Christian he could no longer participate in sweat lodges because part of the belief system was that the lodges cleansed them from sin. As someone who grew up immersed in native culture, he felt that this was part of their religious practice and not something done primarily as a health benefit (though I know sweating is certainly healthy…I’m part Finnish after all!).

          I wouldn’t lump Yoga in as a conscience issue. Ray Yungen’s book “A Time of Departing” is probably the best explanation I’ve seen for why Christians should not be practicing yoga and he gives a very strong Biblical basis for this.

          Anyway, I’ve got to change a poopy diaper and get back to our homeschooling :) Thanks for the discussion!

          • It kind of goes back to my earlier comment, in cultures many hundreds of years ago, the religious man was also the doctor. Christianity is actually similar if you think about it, our chief religious man (Jesus ;) ) also did a heck of a lot of physical and mental (casting out demons) healing. That such things are linked is not a surprise. When we, as Christians, suffer physically (or mentally) we make every attempt to focus our eyes on our Redeemer and understand our suffering through his plans for us and the world.

            That similar things happen in cultures that don’t have Jesus is really just testament to the existence of God. Such a link between the creator of the universe and our physical beings is so obvious, as the Bible tells us, Nature itself declares the glory of God.

            The continuing of those practices in modern times, when many practioners are aware of but reject the existence of Jesus is very sad, but I still see the mechanics of the practices as a meat and milk situation.

  3. Thank you so much for the update. I was wondering if something had happened. Praise God, what excellent news!

  4. Oh, and I forgot to say, I AGREE 100% that Caine needs to see a chiropractor ASAP. It will make a dramatic difference for him. Just sayin’! :)

  5. YES!!!! We’ll keep praying too, and for his mama, this is a tough time for her and she needs to be revitalized after the stay in the ICU and all….you can count on the Gilchrist Clan to be prayer warriors!! Thanks for the update.

  6. I’ll keep praying! Thanks for the updates, please keep letting us know. What a sweet baby!

  7. Oh Praise the Lord! This is wonderful news!!!!

  8. So happy he’s home. Now for my unsolicited two cents….that baby needs to be adjusted by a chiropractor ASAP. Close attention needs to be payed to his C1 and C2 vertebrae. Also, if he’s vaccinated, they may want to hold off on anymore for a while. He’s already compromised. More toxins are the last thing he needs.

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