“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Emma Kate had a solid 12 weeks of negative urine and no meds, hooray!!! And can you believe her doctor was surprised I knew exactly how long it had been?? I mean, it is sort of a BIG deal. Anyway, then she caught a cold :(. It was for sure a bummer to see the color on that stick getting darker by the day. I truly never thought I would care so much about my child's urine! However disappointing, this time was different than the last...for me anyway. I had decided a while back I was going to trust God no matter what! Of course I have always trusted God, but this was a new trust I was seeking. I put my prayer for Emma Kate on my mirror and have been diligently praying it each day, several times. I also had everyone we know start praying. God has been renewing my walk with Him and that's why this time was different.
The last time I saw protein in my daughter's urine I researched everything I could to find something to help her. And I stuck God in between all that...frantically praying as I drove to the store to pick up some herbs for her. He was not my focus, Emma Kate was. This time I had a PEACE. That "peace that passes all understanding"-yes, that was wonderful. I did not cry, I did not fear, I just trusted God and did what I knew to do. I have to say it is not an easy balance between trusting God and doing your part too. I have to daily work to make sure my focus stays on God, rather than getting caught up in what I can do for her. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding" Proverbs 3:5.
All along this journey I have prayed for WISDOM. And the Lord has been faithful to show me things. He helped me stumble across a website that has given me a wealth of knowledge in treating the human body naturally. From this site I came up with the special "kidney tea" I make for Emma Kate. God also prompted me to put raw apple cider vinegar in all of Emma Kate's drinks while she was spilling protein. Initially this was to help her get over the cold, and then I realized how much it was helping her to not swell, so I kept it up! That stuff does amazing things for the human body! Here is a list of the health benefits of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar-
Check out these ingredients and what they do for you:
HERE IS WHAT WORKED FOR US:
*Disclaimer- It needs to be stated that I am not a doctor and all the things listed on this blog should be reviewed by your personal health care professional before trying.* I am just a mom, hoping to help others by sharing our experiences.
There are two different teas I made for Emma Kate when her protein was spilling.
1.) Dandelion leaf tea- boil 1 cup of water and add a good pinch of the dried leaves. Cook down to about a 1/2 cup (10-15 minutes) cool, and drink.
2.) Raspberry tea- boil 1 cup of water and add 4 juniper berries, a good pinch of ginger root, and good pinch of raspberry leaf. Cook down to 1/2 cup (10-15 min) cool, and enjoy!
***IMPORTANT NOTE! I READ THAT TAKING JUNIPER BERRIES WHEN YOU HAVE AN INFLAMED KIDNEY IS NOT GOOD. Otherwise, they are good for the kidneys in small doses. They never bothered my daughter but we will use them very sparingly in the future. Any combination of the above tea ingredients (minus the juniper) seem to work great when spilling, or not spilling. We have daily "tea time" now, right before dinner. Usually raspberry leaf and, or dandelion leaf. My daughter has gotten so used to it that if we miss a night she will remind me! I bought her a special Hello Kitty cup that we use only for tea time, to try and make it a bit more exciting :).
-It has been my experience that adding raw honey to the tea makes them less effective so we drink it plain. I give Emma Kate one of each of these most days, or at least one a day. Along with about 3 ml of raw apple cider vinegar in all of her drinks and she is sure to be peeing all day! Peeing all day means continuing to flush toxins from the body, keeping the kidneys going, and not swelling (which means much less potential for infection and more time to heal naturally). I also gave Emma Kate miralx a couple times to ensure her bowels were emptied of toxins. This is very important in the healing process for the body. Especially if you are spilling protein, because the tendency is for one to stop going to the restroom. I don't love the idea of miralax due to the chemical nature, but it's easy and works great. A natural alternative that works really well on occasion is 100% prune juice (about 4 oz for a small child).
My experience with all this:
The second time Emma Kate started spilling protein she started swelling some almost immediately, even though she was eating almost no sodium. She got put on prednisone and didn't start peeing until I started making the teas for her. That night her numbers started going down. The last time she started spilling I immediately started doing the tea and ACV treatment, along with miralax. I let her have much more sodium than the last time and she had NO swelling. Her face was slightly puffy two mornings and the night before she went back to 0 her arms were slightly puffy. And that was with 2 weeks of spilling! I love that God has given us natural ways to care for our bodies! Here were how here numbers looked:
Sunday (start of cold)- trace, 30, 100, 300+, 300-, 100
The second Sunday- light trace (cold is gone but I forgot to make her tea)
Monday-100 (was warm and slept all day- seemed to have caught a one day thing her brother had)
Tues-300, 300+, 200ish, 100+, 100-?...Hard to tell with those colors!
The third Sunday-lighter than negative! Praise God!
Mon- neg, neg, neg......
I also want to mention that if she is spilling protein I greatly limit gluten, sugar, eggs, all allergenic foods and foods that are prone to aid inflammation. I try to give her plenty of foods that are anti-inflammatory and natural diuretics. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies of course, and all her vitamins and supplements (fish oil, Vit D, Vit C, PRP spray, probiotics, immune boosters and allergy support drops).