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    My Miracle Boy

    August 9, 2011 by Brandy Vencel

    Some of you who have been reading here for years and years will remember that O.-Age-Almost-Three {otherwise known as O.-Age-Two} is my miracle boy. All of my children are miracles, really, for they have all had their own brushes with death which remind their mother that they live and die by the grace of God, and not by my works, as hard as I may seek to protect them from their own foolishness or from the circumstances of this life.

    This time around, the miracle has to do with living rather than dying.

    It was about three months ago when I first noticed that he was asking me to repeat myself.

    “Huh? What, Mommy?!”

    I didn’t really think about it at first. We have a fairly loud home, after all.

    His speech was behind {and very loud}, but I was determined not to worry about it. Three of my four children haven’t said much before their third birthdays, and the other two both speak fine today.

    But his “huh?” and “what?” increased in frequency until one day it dawned on me how very much like an old, hearing-impaired man he sounded.

    And then it hit me: There is something wrong with his hearing.

    I just knew it.

    I scheduled him for his annual exam during the first week after school got out. We went, and I requested a hearing test. It is not typical to offer a hearing exam for the third year checkup. The doctor humored me, but I could tell he assumed I was overreacting.

    After the test, the doctor came hurriedly back in.

    “You know, you’re right!” And then he told me that O. had little to no hearing in his left ear.

    For the past few weeks, we’ve been waiting. First, we waited for an insurance referral. Next, we waited to get in to the audiologist.

    In the meantime, O. seemed to be a little better everyday.

    Know what happened?

    After I left the pediatrician’s office that day, I ran over to the office of our alternative practitioner. I was a little upset after being given the bad news, and I just wanted someone to try and do something that very day.

    She made room for him in her schedule, and I was so relieved.

    First, she did Neurolink on him. If you can imagine a sort of fusion of acupressure and biofeedback, then you have an idea {albeit a poor one} of what Neurolink might be like. O. tested as having issues with both ears, but at the neurological level. His brain, according to Neurolink, was not properly communicating with his ears. It was so odd for a child of his age that she asked me if he’d had a difficult birth.

    Um. Yes. You could say that.

    So she cleared it, which is shop talk for telling the brain to go and fix it already.

    I know this sounds strange, but I’ve seen it work many times before, so just work with me here.

    And then she asked me if she could pray for him.

    “Of course!” I said.

    Now, she is, I’m guessing, a sort of charismatic. Have you ever heard these women pray? They don’t request in sweet voices; they command.

    So she got down and looked O. in the eyes and told him that God is in the business of opening closed ears. And she had faith that He would do it.

    O. seemed better from then on. He stopped asking me to repeat what I was saying. His speaking improved, to the point where others mentioned that they were finally beginning to understand what he was saying.

    And then yesterday I took him to the audiologist.

    And he passed all the tests with flying colors.

    He hears just fine.

    So hallelujah already.

    And amen.

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  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts August 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I want to thank you all for celebrating with me {a little belated, I know}. Sara, I just wanted you to know that I *did* discuss your concerns with my husband and I appreciate you speaking your mind. I know it comes from a good heart. You are always free to do that here!

  • Reply Rachel R. August 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Isn’t God good?! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nikki August 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    What an awesome story! I have been so thankful today for living in a place and time in history where we have the benefits of prayer to the Living God, homeopathic, AND western medicine combined! My girl with Cystic Fibrosis was suffering with what seemed to be something respiratory(NOT GOOD for a CF girl) and it turned out to be Strep throat! I praised God for strep throat. That was weird πŸ˜‰

  • Reply GretchenJoanna August 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Glory to God! Isn’t He good? So glad to read your story.

  • Reply sara August 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I’m so glad God worked through this woman to help O. And I hope my other thoughts don’t at all take away your joy about this.

    My family all came to know Jesus through charismatic-type churches, so I’m pretty familiar with them. Anyway, I just wanted to say that we always felt it was pretty important to be careful of who you allow to “lay hands” on someone. I’m not sure why really – maybe because of 1 Timothy 5:22? Just something you may want to consider, and if you have any thoughts on it, I’d love to hear them. I know you don’t generally write about theological issues, so feel free to ignore me. πŸ™‚

    Also that commanding thing in turns makes me smile and cringe. I say that as someone who feels like family there so I don’t feel like I’m harshly criticizing. On one hand it’s like they know the power and authority of the One in whom they believe and they know the authority that has been delegated to them. On the other hand, in some circles it slips into “name it and claim it.” That’s just a rambling thought, I suppose.

    Meh. I don’t know if I what I’m saying here is important or even makes sense, but I hope so.

  • Reply Rahime August 11, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Great news! Thanks for sharing another beautiful example of God’s glory. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jen August 11, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Wow. I got chills reading that. How great is our God! Amazing.

  • Reply Kelly August 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Praise God! How wonderful!

  • Reply Mystie August 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Wow! Praise God!

    Amen, indeed!

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