Sickness Saga: Over!

Written by Jesse Kneeland. Posted in Sickness Saga, Updates

NorthBranch_geocache OVERDUE UPDATE: The summer has coming to an end. The leaves have fallen, and it’s the perfect time a year for some nice outdoor activity (before it is to late). Here are some of my kids doing just that, and they are healthy! That’s right, we are doing really well up here in the Northern Woods of Minnesota!
QUICK BLIP: The stomach pain started as a strep infection that caused their lymph nodes in the stomach to enlarge and cause serious pain (Mesenteric Lymphadenitis). Once we found that this was the cause, they were tested positive for strep. They were then treated with antibiotics, the strep went away according to the test, but the pain never did. After 3 months of blood tests, samples, x-rays, a CT-scan, a colonoscopy and endoscopy the doctors had no answer but wanted to send the girls to pain management therapy. We knew there was no way this was something they would just have to live with, they were normal one day, then only a few days later constant pain.
DETAILS: Along that path a different pediatric doctor did notify our current pediatrician that the strep test can come back negative, but the infection still be in the lymph nodes. This is what the CT-scan revealed, and the girls were given an IV Antibiotic to help. The daughter in the worst condition got better for 24 hours and was sent home from the hospital. One hour after taking the oral antibiotic she was in gut wrenching pain again, on the floor crying and kicking her legs. We took her of the oral immediately. The next day we were able to get her another dose of the IV version, but that was the max she could have.
CONCLUSION: Though the pain originated from the strep infection, we believe the oral antibiotics knocked out all the good stuff in the stomach and intestines as well as the bad. This is the same problem the hospitals are having with what they call an epidemic infection C. Diff. Which we found one of our sick girls is a carrier for through all this (she always tests positive for it). In our one girl’s case, the antibiotics allowed for an overgrowth of a type of yeast in her intestines. The Dr. said she tested for this, and it came back negative. HOWEVER, when my wife diagnosed through searching a series of online forums and other websites this made the most sense. The treatment? Another antibiotic! OR an altered diet. ARE THEY SERIOUS… more antibiotics? We set the two girls on a yeast feeding free diet (no sugar, natural or not, and no wheat/gluten) for two weeks.
  AT THE END of two weeks? They were back to being our normal girls again! PRAISE THE LORD! Just typing this brings tears to my eyes from the memory of three months of suffering for my poor girls. The girls first signs of extreme pain was in mid January 2014 and we didn’t see improvements, especially with one, until mid March 2014.
James 1:2-4 have been an often shared devotional in this regard:

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

THANK YOU! I know we had a lot of people praying for us when we went through this time. We can not thank you enough for bringing us before the Lord in your prayers! Your prayers were answered!

UPDATE: Shingles and Virus

Written by Jesse Kneeland. Posted in Sickness Saga, Updates

shinglesTHE GIRLS: The stomach pain has been gone for almost 2 weeks! We are praising the Lord! HOWEVER, now we have what people are calling a flu-virus running through our house. Runny noses, stuffed heads, coughing and vomiting. No fun, but most people seem to recover in a couple of days AND it’s not the same thing we’ve been battling for months, so we are still praising God!

SHINGLES: 10 days ago I discovered I had shingles! Someone told me I was stressed out, I yelled at them and said “I AM NOT STRESSED OUT!” …. Just kidding, I didn’t yell at anyone. Seriously, I have not been stressed internally, apparently your body can only take so much physically. At least that’s what the Doctor says. Anyway, my shingles experience was no where as painful as others. God gave me enough strength to still preach at a Rally on Saturday and in our service on Sunday.

walkingSunday afternoon, we were able to spend some time with some friends we’ve made in our church family. We were even able to enjoy the beautiful spring outside and enjoy a walk. You can see from the pic just how much my kids love the people here. One of them cried for 15 minutes when she found out she wasn’t able to go to church because of the flu-virus in our house. The others over and over again talk about all the people and things they will miss when we are gone.

Still Improving

Written by Jesse Kneeland. Posted in Sickness Saga, Updates

ND Sunset Monday Night: Things took a turn for the worst. The pain returned, our hopes were almost crushed.

Tuesday: “H” had a pain free day and with Mommy praised God for it at bedtime. “G” only mentioned pain once during the day, then again at bedtime, but had little trouble getting to sleep.

Wednesday: “H” had another pain free day! “G” woke up in pain, mentioned it in the day and at bed time but never got to the point of tears!

In summary: There has been no tears shed since Sunday night(edited) Monday night! That is the first two days without tears for us since early January! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD!


Written by Jesse Kneeland. Posted in Sickness Saga, Updates

IMG_1614Her Sunday Morning: Crying in pain continuously from the moment she is carried from bed to the breakfast table, carried to the car, and from the car to a seat in church. Through the tears on the way to church she said “It hurts so bad, I just want to die.”

Her Sunday Afternoon: (Pictured left) She could be found playing with her brothers and sisters, completely distracted from any pain!

Her Sunday Night: Nights have been the worst, often keeping us up till the wee hours in the morning. Last night, she went to bed with her siblings without mentioning pain (we were holding our breath).

Monday Morning: No mention or indication of pain, not from her or her sister. We are prayerfully giving thanks for any time we get to enjoy that is pain free. We are at this point skeptically hopeful.


Written by Jesse Kneeland. Posted in Sickness Saga

So I am at church preparing for Sunday, and I call home to check-in… Grace is on the couch crying in pain, again. Paula talked to our doctor’s nurse today who only gave us the run around… again. In fact now the doctor took away one of our options to pursue, because she doesn’t think the girls still have the swollen lymph nodes that the CT Scans showed. Her logic, because they had meds for it. So they should be better right? Well they are not. They never even fully recovered even though one of them improved while on the meds… this all hurts deeply, we are exhausted after 3 months of our girls in such pain… please take this away Lord, please take this away.