Archive | November, 2011

Walking In Miracles

17 Nov

I have wanted to write a post with the above title previous to our trek up north because we truly have the privilege of walking in miracles while also walking in adversity.  You might ask, “so when you say, ‘miracles’, what does that mean?”  Well it is my pleasure to explain myself…(not so surprising, I know! :))

Miracles abound in our life.  When I say ‘miracle’ I reference occurrences that are difficult to explain by way of the natural and the physical; or at least our knowledge of the two.  For example, Piper, the dog, came to our life to be a companion to Cole.  We, of course, can put our finger on the inter-human connections that led to Pipers arrival (even though the hand of G-d was most definitely upon that labyrinth).  But just for argument sake, let us say that Piper’s route to our home is completely explainable in the physical world, but her actions…that is another story.

Piper is deathly afraid of EVERY male that comes into her presence, including Brian.  Brian feeds her.  Brian walks her.  Brian gives her treats.  She, however, will not warm up to him whatsoever.  She will only take the treats from his hand when I am near him, assuring her of her safety.  Yet Piper is 100% attached to Cole.  She sits at his feet.  Walks beside him.  Knows where he is and checks on him when he is in the house.  When Cole is gone to therapy, she pulls his clothes out of his hamper and keeps them on her bed.  She plays with him, wakes him in the morning, and protects him when other males come to visit.  She is his!  Piper’s breeder, Susan, is confounded regarding her shunning of men.  Susan assured us Piper’s training, as a show dog, ensured she had no problem being with and around different people.  In fact, her handler for the past 5 years was a man, and Piper is 6.  Well I think you now have the idea.  Piper is perplexing, but her love and commitment toward Cole is nothing short of a Miracle.  And even though Brian longs so sincerely for Piper to like him, he is sustained because he is witness to this phenomenal act.

So here we are in northern Cal partaking in this new treatment for Cole, acupuncture.  Scalp acupuncture to be more precise.  In fact, I am writing this update right here in the chair next to Cole.  Cole is lying down, and his face is doing double duty as a pin cushion.  Today is a hard day for him.  On the way here, this morning, he said (in dry Cole fashion), “I’m irritated because this method is having an impact and I wish it didn’t, ’cause it hurts.”  To let you know, the very first day of treatment Cole could feel his face.  Then at dinner that night, the dog (Tucker), sat on Cole’s left foot and he exclaimed, “I can feel my foot!”  In case you didn’t know, Cole’s left foot has been numb post surgery; as has been his face.  He also deals with constant GI issues such as, nausea and overproduction of stomach acid.  That first evening after treatment, no nausea.  No nausea yesterday.  Additionally, yesterday (his second treatment), Cole’s left eye moved laterally.

Now as often happens with me, I am already tired of seeing and hearing the word, “miracle”.  For long before I actually hit the button to publish this post, I have thought the thoughts, read and re-read my words, and discussed the sentiments a few times with family and friends.  So I truly hesitate to call this experience miraculous, but only because the word itself has been over played in my head.  And perhaps because G-d has been so faithful to allow our family to walk in miracle after miracle, that to me the phenomenal has become the common place.  And to that I say, with loud enthusiasm and deep sincerity, “THANK YOU”!!!

I am attaching photos.  Don’t look if you don’t have the stomach for it.  Also, please know Dr. Zhu and Dr. Moyee are 100% committed to the healing of the individuals who cross their path.  They have a comprehensive approach to acupuncture, their facility looks just like the physical therapy facilities Cole has worked in over the past several months.  And while we are paying for only an hour of service each day, they are working with Cole about 4-6 hours, free of charge!   They know we are here for only a week, and they are investing much effort to give Cole every advantage of their expertise.  They have a foundation where donations can be made for a tax deduction.  Should you choose to contribute, please notate, ‘Cole Bent’,  so they know the source of the referral.  Please check out their website.


I just finished helping Cole with eye exercises…both eyes are moving!  And right now, he is working on balance–between balance bars–walking forward and backward with needles in the front and back of his head.  He is struggling with being angry today.  Yet even in his anger, he is working…and so is his body!!!

Have Flu, Will Travel II

14 Nov

OK, this time I contracted the flu BEFORE traveling, unlike getting it the day after returning home (from Catalina; see “Have Flu, Will Travel”).  It was a sad occasion…the stomach flu hit me at about 12:30a.m. which technically was Esther’s 16th birthday.  I began throwing up at 2:30 a.m. and my sister’s flight into Orange County was due at 8:10.  Well she arrived, though Brian had to pick her up, but the saddest news of all is that Esther also contracted the insidious bug, and her entire birthday celebration has been postponed.

My sister came and went like the wind, and I do believe I even caught a glimpse of my brother, bedside, for a few minutes.  Though our porcelain queens aren’t getting nearly the attention they did yesterday, our stomachs are still making sure to keep us close to their thrones.

Anyway, I leaving in the morning, as planned, with Cole.  But I leave YOU with a gorgeous photo of Esther on the eve of her birthday, with her new 1962 Mercury, and a smile still on her unsuspecting face (unsuspecting of the flu that is).  …please keep us in prayer for safe travels, and please PRAY FERVENTLY FOR A POSITIVE OUTCOME WITH THE ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS.  As always, I thank you!

My baby's got a Mercury!

Heading North

9 Nov

A big “THANK YOU” to those of you who helped set me on the path toward finding an acupuncture doctor, and “thank you” to Karen (Flaca), for putting us in touch with Dr. Jing Li.  Cole and I both met with Dr. Li yesterday at her Irvine clinic, and she is an Anthem Blue Cross provider–YAY!  It was an extensive 3 hour visit!  Our scheduled appointment was for 10:30a.m. and we left the office at 1:00p.m.  Thankfully, I packed a lunch ‘just in case’, and as we were devouring our goods in the car Cole stated, “we sure have been eating a lot of lunches in parking lots since seeing so many doctors.”  It is true, and in many different cities!  Which brings me to my title…

Dr. Li thoroughly evaluated Cole.  She listened, asked questions, took notes, and nodded her head.  She excused herself for a moment, returned and sat down on her stool then took a deep breath.  She spoke with confidence and purpose, choosing her words carefully and methodically.  She addressed Cole directly as well as engaged me into the dialogue when appropriate (I love it when a doctor recognizes Cole’s intellectuality by addressing him directly–that wins points with me right away!).  She spoke to us with an authoritative knowledge and experience, yet she eagerly drew upon our resources of Cole’s condition as well.  We both immediately respected this woman and felt confident with her recommendations.  The following is our first step, at her suggestion, as paraphrased by me:  “I first have to tell you that acupuncture, in a case such as yours, is most effective within the first six months.  That being said, it is in your best interest to get started as soon as possible.  However, since you are so young, I believe you should have access to the best in the industry for your condition.  There is a world renowned doctor who has devoted his life toward studying and treating people with neurological conditions.  I know many cases who have flown him in for treatment.  I am not saying you should go to him, I could treat you here myself…I have learned from him.  However, I want to not withhold any opportunity from you, because you are so young and if it were me or my child, I would want to be seen by him.  Honestly, I can probably do a better job treating your other conditions (Cole’s GI issues for example) because Dr. Zhu is so specialized.  But for the neurological conditions, he is the best.”

Dr. Li went on to tell us that Dr. Zhu has one clinic in California, in northern California.  San Jose to be exact.  Cole told her he was interested so she got on the phone and called Dr. Zhu on the spot.  She first had to check if he was presently in the country and then second wanted to discuss Cole’s case with him.  Turns out he is in the country until the end of next week, thus I will be driving Cole up north to the bay area on Monday the 14th (I would leave sooner but it is Esther’s 16th birthday on Saturday and my sister Leah and brother Aaron will both be in town for the occasion).  Unfortunately, Dr. Zhu does not bill insurance so this will be an out-of-pocket expense, though his rates are more in line with what I consider reasonable and acceptable (unlike that of Dr. Connealy’s $425- fee for the consultation).  All in all–with our travel expenses and 5 already set appointments, I am expecting the costs to fall under one thousand; in fact more in the range of $800…not too bad, all things considered.  Wait, wasn’t “all things considered” a radio program on NPR? 🙂

Anyway, we are heading North.  Not to Alaska, but to San Jose…do you know the way?


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