Kaleb, Birmingham, Alabama

Kaleb was diagnosed with asthma at age 3.  He was so sick at that time that he could not walk to the bathroom.  If he tried to go to the bathroom on his own, he would have an asthma attack, including difficulty breathing, coughing, and at times, projectile vomiting from the strenuous coughing.  So when he had to go to the bathroom we carried him there and then carried him back to the couch, where he spent most of his days.  He had many doctor and emergency room visits and took multiple medications.  I had to sleep with him at night because he would often wake up struggling to get his breath.  Once, during the day, he stopped breathing and we had to call 911.  I often “steamed” him in the bathroom in order to relax his bronchial tubes to allow him to breathe more freely.

He also had multiple ear infections.  The doctors said that he had enlarged tonsils and adenoids and needed tubes in his ears.  they said that his tonsils and adenoids were obstructing his airway and that his asthma would improve if his tonsils and adenoids were removed.  He went into Children’s Hospital at the age of three and a half for the recommended surgery.  We had hopes that he would be able to be off of the medications with their side effects.  Unfortunately, this did not happen.  I did not notice any improvement from the surgery.  Kaleb’s asthma attacks would sometimes last for weeks at a time.

He was on many “maintenance-preventative” medications.  When he would get “sick,” the doctors would then add treatment medications.  These are some of the medications that he took:  Flomax, Flonase, Prednisone, Rhinocort, Albuterol, Flovent, Advair, Singular, Serevent, Clarinex, multiple antibiotics, and a nebulizer.  We had a peak-flow meter to monitor Kaleb’s avility to move air and I kept a record of his peak-flow readings.  The doctors said that Kaleb could possibly outgrow his asthma.

After about a year he did begin to show some improvement.  He could go to the bathroom without being carried.  He was still on many medications and still had asthma attacks often, although they did seem to be somewhat less severe.  Kaleb’s immune system was very low.  When he got a cold he would have an asthma attack.  He was sent for allergy testing, consisting of many pricks to the arms and back, to try to find what his “triggers” for asthma were.  These tests showed that he was allergic to horses, some plants, and dust mites.

At age 5, Kaleb was able to go to school although he missed many days due to sickness.  Because he missed more than the allowed number of days each year we would get a letter from Montgomery asking for an explanation.  We had doctors’ excuses for the days missed so we never had a hearing for poor attendance in school.

He was diagnosed at age 8 with GERD.  Prilosec was then added to his list of medications.

Kaleb wanted to play sports.  We signed him up for flag football but he spent most of his game time on the bench.  At times he would be able to play for a short period of time.  He also tried basketball, but he was unable to play except for short periods of time.

When Kaleb was 10 years old, we removed him from school and began homeschooling. This took him out of contact with so many people, making him less likely to get colds and other viruses that always triggered breathing problems.

We stopped by Dr. Jessica’s office one day to ask about chiropractic treatment and were told that there was help for Kaleb and other family members with other problems.  We began seeing Dr. Jessica and noted improvement in his breathing.  He began to be able to be more active.  His asthma episodes became less and less frequent.  We were also able to start removing some of the medications that he took.  We did not just stop his medications, but began to progressively wean him off of them.

Now Kaleb is 13 years old.  He is not on any prescription medication.  He does not use inhalers or nebulizers any more.  He is able to be normally active and enjoys life.  He sleeps at night without difficulty, allowing the family to also rest.  His desire always was to be like other children, able to run and play, and now he has his heart’s desire.  Thank you, Dr. Jessica.  I know it was God who directed us to you.

Kaleb, Birmingham, Alabama