Looking Into My Eyes
On the Road Again
Here we go, back to the Amish Iridologist, he is Looking Into My Eyes. As we travel back to Hestand, KY, we meet up with Dr. Reuben Schwartz. I’m so thankful that the trip is not too long, about four hours. I had packed Hunter’s bag the night before. We had the staples, of course. I had a few pullups, wipes, a baggie, some extra clothes, three stuffed animals, a banana, some gluten-free snacks, and two movies. Also, I had told the kids to do their chores before bed to prevent yuckiness in the morning. I also required that they all bathe cause they are kids and smell.
Once morning rolled around, kids ate quickly and got dressed. We hoped in the van, and once we were on the interstate, we popped in a movie. Big Daddy drove, I slept, kids watched a movie. It was a good set up.
Due to the MASSIVE amounts of road construction and the fact that Dr. Reuben is out in the middle of nowhere (quite literally), we were fifteen minutes late. They were waiting on us because it was inching closer to dinner time, and they do not miss their dinner.
His son was there to help, so he took the boys to one room, and I had Hunter and Grayce with me. Mr. Reuben did his thing. He got his little crucible and his utility flashlight. Then, he edged all up in my personal space. The man smells like Melaleuca and love. I kid you not. His eyes are bright, his clothes are fantastic, and his white beard with those piercing blue eyes. Oh, and that smile. He is so engaging and friendly (and honest). It has been such a joy getting to know him.
The Results are In for the Kids
G: He said her “rages” were because her left ovary was not very kind. He saw that she had this issue since before she came to us. He even found her pneumonia that she had before she came to us. There is scarring from it. Her thyroid is causing her weight to be out of control and stress.
N: Stress, thyroid, adrenal gland, digestive system, and drink more water!
D: Stress, digestive issues, and heart issues. These things are probably a biological factor, as Dr. Reuben’s son asked if we had heart issues. We had to, quietly, explain our family dynamics.
J: This boy. There is stress, digestive stuff, not enough water, but he was told to “lay off the sodas.” We laughed and said that he doesn’t drink anything but water and milk. They see pre-diabetic stuff going on in him. I had to have Dr. Reuben look at him. Ethiopians do not typically have diabetes. I mean, he is only twelve years old. Reuben saw the same thing. We are going to be making a follow up with his pediatrician to check his blood work. Mama is not even playing.
Our other daughter was not able to come due to her work schedule. A few months later, my oldest and her husband went to see him.
Big Daddy and Me
Big Daddy: He asked him how his joints were (collective laughter as we all know how bad his knees are). He asked him how his stress level was. Also, he nailed his thyroid, the fact that he does not drink enough water, or that he eats too much red meat. He also laid out the issue with his heart.
Me: Once Dr. Reuben got all up in my stuff, he slid on back in his chair and said: “good grief, you are under tremendous stress.” I told him that I was as good as I could be. Then I asked what made him think I was stressed. He laughed and said, “Your eye is telling me you are under stress.” I told him of my past two weeks where every night, I have hurt. I either start vomiting or have diarrhea. He said that it was straight-up stress. He said we needed to calm my body down.
The stress that I have dealt with, lately, has been substantial.
I find it eye-opening that all my kids (and us) had stress show up in their eyes. This past year has been nothing but a stress ball for us. I don’t think I have considered the effects Hunter’s condition has had on the children.
How sad, as a mom, I did not recognize that. We are all going to have to sit down and have a family meeting to address this. Our family may need to step back from the few things that we do. We have to pay attention to the mental health of our crew.
I know that I have a lot going on in my life. I have seven children. There are many irons in many fires. The anniversary of my Lady’s death is coming up. My house is in disarray because we are painting. All the things from my living room are now in my bedroom. It is a nightmare. Hunter is not getting any better in school. Also, there is a family member that is breaking my heart.
I have to step back.
It is that simple.
Now, how to do that.