Miracles do happen. Nancy was a 40 year old woman who had been sick with constant and daily headaches as well as migraines for decades. Why did she choose 5/29/01 to do something about it? She didn’t know that it would take more than a year to get well just in time for the birth of Caroline 16 months later on 9/22/02. She couldn’t know that if she had not begun care when she did that Caroline would not know Nancy today as mommy, and Caroline’s life would be very different, and much worse as a result. Was it God? Was it chance? Coincidence? You decide. But it was a miracle.
It was supposed to be the happiest day of a young mom’s life, but when you are addicted to drugs real happiness is simply not possible. In the life of the addict, being high is as close as you get to being happy. She gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Caroline who also happened to be addicted to drugs, thanks to the maternal-fetal blood connection at the placenta, which drugs readily cross. What was to become of Caroline? The short-term effects range from body malformation to behavioral issues. Mental retardation and other neurological damage are common long-term results. If Caroline’s birth mother were to raise her, what would her life become? How would she fare? Would she become part of the cycle? Would she survive? Could she thrive? This is the story of Caroline’s life.
Nancy was a 40 year old woman who had never had a baby. She was married to a caring husband and both worked full-time. Nancy could not consider having a baby. She certainly would not consider adopting one, and not for the reason that one might think. Nancy was too sick herself to consider the idea of caring for a child on a daily basis. Nancy suffered from headaches on a 24 hours a day basis 7 days a week. Some days were more tolerable and other days she was not able to function. And other days still life was in the classic dark room of the migraine sufferer. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs got her through most days yet miserably. Weekend family events were especially difficult. Nancy would begin to drug herself two weeks in advance of a weekend outing just to get through. In her own way Nancy was addicted to drugs just to be able to get through life. Nancy was certainly in no shape to help another drug addicted soul such as Caroline in any way. A crying baby. On call 24 hours a day. Unimaginable.
Nancy had been told by fellow church goers to see a chiropractor for 2-3 years. She ignored them in favor of neurologists and medication. Ironically, it was a visit to the emergency room on May 13th, 2001, Mother’s Day, that pushed her over the edge. They could not tell her what was wrong and sent her back to the neurologist. Frustrated, she called my office shortly after and I met her 16 days later. I examined her for subluxation. I taught her about subluxation and then we began care that would take more than a year to get under control and some years after that to get really stable. But it was just in time to get well enough for the event that was to come 16 months later.
That day was the day of Caroline’s birth. Nancy had heard about the birth and she and her husband decided to adopt Caroline. Today Caroline is a healthy vibrant child of 7 at the time of writing of this story. She is an A student, is well adapted, and healthy. The pediatric neurologists attribute her progress not to anything other than the time, love, and attention that Nancy and her husband have given to Caroline day in and day out. Caroline is successful and has completely overcome her very shaky start due to the commitment of one person, Nancy, who just a year or so before could not have considered caring for an infant, let alone one with two strikes against her. What happened? Someone told her about chiropractic and kept telling her. Nancy finally followed that advice in her own time and just in time. The timing was the miracle to Nancy and Nancy was the miracle to Caroline. By the way, Caroline is also a chiropractic patient.