Friday, May 29, 2009

Please pray...

I wanted to ask you if you could please pray for the speedy recovery of my sister. She has asthma and on Wednesday suffered a serious asthma attack. We rushed her to the hospital & she was immediately admitted into the ER. She was on (several) breathing treatments for 5 hours, then the ambulance came to take her to the Children's hospital. So she's stayed overnight in the ICU since then, and will stay overnight again although she's doing much better now. Needless to say, I'll be post-poning my birthday party until June; That way, she'd be fully recovered, and her and Mom would've had rest :)
I have a favor to ask...we're going to try to change our diet, and if you have any suggestions for natural/herbal preventative medicine, supplements, diet plan etc. {or even advice!} that helps asthma, please comment! We're gleaning all the knowledge we can, because we really don't want this to happen again--the hospital is not a pleasant place to be!
Gratefully Yours,


Sommer said...

Mia~I'll be praying for your sister and all your family. I have a daughter that has asthma too, but we've never had a severe attack.

I wish I had advice/tips for you, but I am not aware of anything. I'd be interested in what others have to say!

Lots of love and prayers to you and yours,

Miss Jen said...

Hoping and praying your dear sister has
a speedy recovery!!! *hugs*

With Much Love in Christ~ Jen

"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
-Isaiah 40:31

Madison said...

I will definitely be praying for your sister!
Although I don't know much about asthma, I researched what herbs/supplements were good for it, and this is what was recommended: Thyme, Vitamin C supplements, and chai-spiced tea (this was highly recommended). Those were the best ideas that I found. Hope that helps. =)


Rachel said...

My daughter was not quite 2 when we first rushed her to the ER because of trouble breathing. A few months later we did it again - in spite of doing the prescribed albuterol treatments - and again a few months after that. At that point, we were refered to an asthma and allergy specialist.

Turned out she was allergic to cats, and many trees and grasses.

She has been on an asthma meds regime ever since - and is nearing her 12th birthday.

However, we continued to have severe bouts with her asthma. None quite sent us to the ER, but she has a standing perscription for steroids in the frig for emergencies which is refilled after each episode.

We quickly discovered that eating dairy foods - especially ones high in sugar and most especially anything with high frutcose corn syrup would trigger a mild attatch withing 24 hours - all of these increase the amount of mucas in the system.

This took care of the 2-3 times a week mild episodes. But she was still having a major or semimajor attack 2 - 4 times a year.

I stumbled upon one day - and while many call him a quack - his advice has done wonders for Vannan. We cut her grains to a minimum, put kefir into her diet, cut out sugar and high frutcose corn syrup, she drinks tea sweetened with Stevia. And eats lots of veggies. Her last major episode was nearly 3 years ago - and she is down to 2-4 minor episodes a year - usually in the Spring and fall and coincide with a cold.

Our midwife also suggested a "smelling" mixture - which she often has with her. Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Frankinsense, Tea Tree, and Lavendar Oil - she has a tiny bottle that she sniffs when she feels wheezy. I'd have to look up the actualy "recipe" for it. It's been quite a while since I mixed it up. We've also added this to olive oil and rubbed in under her toes - very effective. Something to do with reflexology and aromatherapy.

She also has doubled her water intake. And spends plenty of time outside.

One "miracle" product that we always have on hand is Vicks Vapor Rub. She often mixes the baby and adult versions and we sometimes drop frankinsence into it too. But this often is the difference between a cold becoming an asthma attack or not and how severe her reaction becomes. The mixture is not very different from the one recommended by our midwife.

I hope some of this helps. Vannan is a very active little girl and rarely lets her asthma stop her from doing anything. We are careful not to use her asthma as an excuse - except to not dust, vacuum or beat rugs ... until her face is big enough for a micro filter mask. I don't invite trouble! :)

We'll be praying for your sister. It's never an easy thing to face.

Miss Julia said...

Oh no, I am so sorry about your sister's asthma attack! I hope she is feeling better soon.

Just out of curiosity, does your sister struggle with fear or shyness? If so I would consider dealing with that. The church our family used to attend taught that there was a link between fear and allergy-type diseases.

I hope some of all these suggestions from us bloggers help your sister! My family and I will be praying.


Jenna said...

Dear Jesus,
I come before you this afternoon lifting Mia's sister before you. Lord, you are all powerful, and I just ask that you would give Mia's sister peace and a quick and full recovery. Thank you Jesus for protecting her and her family!


Blessings to you Mia!


Anonymous said...

Hi Mia- I'm praying for your sister and for your family as well. I just wanted to offer the possibility than your sister might be allergic to corn. It's insidious, and in everything, but if you find her attacks occur more often after a meal with corn, corn meal, corn starch, corn syrup, or any component it could be that.

I'll be thinking of you.


The Henderson Family said...

Mia I am praying for your sister and your entire family. I have also posted a prayer request for all of you on the forum. We use natural medicine a lot in our home but I have not had occaision to look into what treatments are good for Asthma. If I learn of anything I will let you know.

Please know that our family will be in prayer for your sister and your family.

In Him,


Deanna said...

Keep COUGH DROPS close at hand.
Good ole affordable cough drops.
The EUCALYPTUS in the cough drops does the trick.

A medical doctor more than likely won't tell you this...that little ole cough drops can help. They only cost pennies a piece, bought over the counter and will eleviate asthma attacks. The use of more expensive drugs from a costly pharmacutical facility is prescribed first.

My husband and I both have asthma. We don't always know what causes an asthma attack and believe you me, we've had them over the years.

May your Sister regain her strength in Jesus Name and grow out of this condition.

Albuterol makes me shaky and nervous, I don't like that feeling.
At one point my doctor prescribed to me albuterol AND TILADE. The tilade will help with the inflamation and bruising in the lungs that the asthma irritates.

One doctor I went to didn't know about tilade and the bruising of the lungs that takes place. hummm.

Common sense will tell us to clean up our living area, stay away from what triggers the attacks and try not to get upset. Seasonal allergies can set you off.

Avoid dust mits,
colognes that bother us,
animals that bother us,
cockroach droppings,
flea droppings,
damp places.

But there are things in the air that are airborne and we don't always know what sets us off.

It's at least a try.
God richly bless all of you,

Anonymous said...

I will be praying! I or any one in my family has asthma so do not have any advice to give.

Lauren Ann

Rachel said...

Hi Mia! I am so sorry to hear of your sister's attack! How frightening! I am glad she is on her way to feeling better! =:) No one in my family has asthma so I don't have any tips or anything, but I hope that the things said by the others will be a big help for you all! I am praying for her and for your family right now! Blessings and Hugs to you and your sister!


Katie said...

I am in the midst of converting over to a raw vegan diet. I was just reading a book 12 Steps to Raw Food by Victoria Boutenko...i have a few health ailments that i'm trying to address. Victoria's daughter had severe asthma and it was brought under control with this diet. It might be worth looking into and if you were to try it out summer and fall are always good times to try with all the delicious produce available.

Lora K. said...

The girls and I will all be praying for your dear sister. 4 of my 5 girls suffer with asthma and we have tried various natural things to help. Sometimes it's hitting just the right combination that works.

If they start complaining, and before things get bad, the first thing I will tell them to do is to get a Ricola cough drop. The menthol in them really helps open their chest. A cup of hot tea can do wonders in the beginning stages of an asthma attack. They usually drink Earl Grey. The caffeine as well as the bergamont help with opening the airways. You can also do steams, these help greatly. I will put boiling water in a bowl and adding rosemary, eucalyptus oil, and a teeny tiny bit of peppermint oil. You can also put a drop of eucalyptus oil on the tip of her nose, and as she breathes it in it will open her chest. You might also try mixing eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil such as a light olive or grapeseed oil and rub it on her chest. The girls also said that a hot, steamy bath helps open up their chests.

I hope these ideas help. If I haven't been clear, feel free to ask for clarification.

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

I'll be praying for you, your sister, and family!

Kristen said...

Hey Mia!

I'll definately be praying for your sister! I'm also posting some select posts off of a forum on (if you're interested in herbal medicines, I'd definately check it out--it does cost monthly, but I've found that it is really worth it!). I don't think they will mind me sharing their posts...

"One recommendation would be to remove all dairy. Dairy is mucus forming along with bananas. I think rose hips would be beneficial as they contain high amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C is the most abundant vitamin found in the lungs, is an antihistamine, and excellent for the immune system. I read somewhere that people who suffer from asthma may be deficient in magnesium. Foods high in magnesium include apples, cantaloupe, black eye peas, and brown rice. Dandelion also contains magnesium. Alfalfa, oatstraw, and catnip contain vitamin b6 which is said to be beneficial to asthma. Catnip might be good because their is always some anxiety associated with asthma and the catnip may help calm him. Blackstrap molasses contains both B vitamins and magnesium. Just a few ideas."

"I have asthma and my biggest ally has been mullein tea. I drink it regularly and really hot with local honey when the seasons are changing (which makes my asthma worse. I take Elecampagne tincture for asthma "attacks" and thankfully it usually works well enough for me to forfeit the rescue inhaler most of the time. THe biggest and worst problem (and I can only imagine it is multiplied for a child) is the panic and being scared which can make it worse!"

Hi Gang,

I personally love ephedra for such things, as it is an excellent bronchodilator, but with all the scary things in the news, I would NOT suggest that to this "inexperienced with herbs Mom"! Plus, the last thing you want to do with a child that young is expose them to the stimulant properties of ephedra!

I personally would suggest a tea, since that's an easy thing to do and use. Lobelia, licorice, anise and motherwort make a nice combination. This should not be given continuously or over long periods of time. Only on an as needed basis. The licorice is an expectorant, demulcant, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. The lobelia is an nervine, anti-spasmodic and pulmonary tonic. The anise, besides adding a nice taste, is anticatarrhal, antispasmodic and anti-microbial.

Hope that helps!K"

This message board thread was about a person requesting help for the mother of a young child...and I'd definately do more research on the individual herbs before using; they can be very powerful!


Natalie said...

Sorry I haven't commented in a while! I'll be praying for your sister. I have asthma too, so I know what that feels like. The only advice I can offer is sleep, healthy diet, and stay low on activity for a little while. Hope she recovers soon!

lady m's lavender cottage said...

Dear Mia,

Asthma is quite scary when an episode begins to happen!

A healthy diet of low on dairy products, low on corn also...corn syrup and such has worked wonders here at the cottage.

Both my boys have allergies that have escalated to attacks where albuterol has had to be taken. But now, we use Eucolyptus oil and frankincense has worked really well.

I have also cut back on everything processed and make everything I can from scratch. so far, the attacks are very rare.

My prayers are with you.

Lady m

Anonymous said...

I will keep your sister and your family in my Prayers.

Christina said...

Asthma can be tricky to treat naturally/herbally because you can start with one herb get a bit of relief then symptoms change and you need to be able to change with it, it isn't something to play at if you have limited herbal knowledge. The suggestions by other bloggers are good but basic and are treating symptoms rather than getting to the core of the problem.

My first suggestion is find a Naturopathic Doctor or Naturopathic Physican in your area, be sure they have had experience treating asthma before going. They will do a complete work up, and will get to know her 'constitution' or, what her make-up is, then will recommend a nutritional plan along with herbs to use while an attack is taking place BUT will work with her doctor and the medicine she is currently on.

Don't treat this alone, I'm a fan of natural health and healing and mullein is one of my favorite herbs to use, I've witnessed it ease a full blown asthma attack buying time to get to the hospital BUT air on the side of caution asthma is tricky to treat naturally.

Christina McCullough

Sharon said...

There are some articles regarding asthma at

Miss Emily said...

I can't begin to comprehend how scary that must of been for all of you. I will most definietly be keeping your sister and your family in prayer.


Lora K. said...

I wanted to add that I agree with Mrs. McCullough, our remedies are preventative in nature or to the point that they can be controlled with these methods. We do use Albuterol when needed, but try to catch things before they get severe. If the natural things don't work, we go to the nebulizer, and the hospital if necessary.

Anonymous said...

Praying for your dear sister and for your family.
Happy Belated Birthday Mia!
Rhonda from Minnesota

. said...

My big girls had asthma too so I know how you feel. I used to take them often to the ER when they where younger but then they begin to take a medicine called Singulair and the difference was amazing. Now they don't need to take it because years of taking that made them really better. Now they take some softer medicines that I don't remember the name but I will ask them when they come back home. In this minute they are in church preparing to their Sacrament of Confirmation that they will have tomorow.
In the afternoon I will post again to say the name of this modern treatment they are having.
It's not herbal (which I prefer )but with asthma we must take what God puts in our way withour being too fussy.

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Mia~ I am praying for your sweet sister. Sisters are just the best! I cold not live without mine. She is my best friend! We all need to be eating more healthy for sure. My husband has been having problems with asthma. We never knew he had until we moved to the country ~which has triggered it. I will be anxious to see some of your new recipes~
You are a blessing dear Mia!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mia, I am so very sorry to hear of this happening to your sweet sister, I am praying for her. I have a friend in her early 30's here in georgia, she suffers terribly with asthma. She has seen a MAJOR difference in coming off of dairy. When she does have just a smidge she has a flair up. I know that probably for different folks different things aggervate asthma, but i did want to share this with you hoping it will help. With love and prayers~tammyp

The Road Less Traveled said...

We will keep your sister in our prayers. The earth clinic has wonderful natrual remedies. I found one for colitus, an incurable disease so the medical commmunity thinks. You might find something that your looking for.
here is the site:

YahChna in Tn

Buildeth Her House said...

I truly hope she feels better!! I will be praying for her.

Dolph Valerie a.k.a Islandder said...

Hi Mia
Thanks so much for stopping by Helpmeet Ministries and leaving those lovely comments. Continue to walk the path that the Good Lord has for you and let no one sway you. You have chosen what is good. Keep on following the Lord and you will be a blessing to your future husband and family.

God bless you dear one.

Andrea said...

Dear Mia,

I have just now whispered a prayer for your sweet sister. Bless her heart. I am so sorry she has been sick, and I know it must have been a frightening experience for her.

May the Lord grant you and your family much peace and rest. God is with you, and I am so glad your sister is already much better.

I would so love to hear from you when you have time. You are such an inspiring young woman of God, and I enjoy visiting your place.

Many blessings.

In Christ's Love,


Andrea said...

Mia, I just wanted to add a comment. I read your post about your birthday. Happy Birthday! Eighteen is a milestone, but I am coming upon one myself, and believe me, it is quite a milestone. I am not depressed, however, for God's grace is so awesome!

I noticed that you took a trip to Savannah, and I wanted to tell you that I lived there about 7 years. My husband is a pastor, and we lived in a suburb called Pooler. We loved it! Savannah is so beautiful, and you visited at a nice time of year.

I also know about Seabrook Village and have heard it's a wonderful place to tour. Very interesting and nostalgic!

Again, blessings to you.


Joy said...

Mia, I just linked over to your blog from another blog (you know how that goes). I've truly been blessed by your blog. Your are beautiful inside and out. I'll pray for your sister and pray you all figure out what triggers the asthma in her.


Anonymous said...

As a mom of four two being girls I am encouraged by you and your sister. My nephew who has several things wrong with him including torrets has been on a gluton free diet for the past 8 years. He is doing alot better in terms of sickness, food alergies and hyperactivity. I will continue to pray for your sister as well as the rest of your family. God Bless you! p.s. Lord willing we will be attending your picnic in September.
Yolanda B.

Aunt B said...


The Lord will lead and guide you, as he has promised in Ps. 32:8. That is a promise we can claim.

Happy Birthday! You are a special young lady.

Aunt B

Simply Vintagegirl said...

Dear Mia, she is in our prayers! Thank you for letting us know, and please keep us updated!

Joyfully in Christ,
Miss Emily Rose

Baby Blessings said...

Our son had asthma as a toddler/little boy. We worked with a naturopathic doctor and did lots of diet changes. He hasn't had an asthma attack in over six years. If you want the information e-mail McKenzie or call and we will give it to your mom.

I hope she is feeling better. Asthma can be such a scary thing!


sarah in the woods said...

A friend recently told me about the feingold program. She doesn't use it for asthma, but that is one of the things it's supposed to help. It's basically an all-natural diet. It's at least worth reading about. I hope it helps. I'm praying for your sister.

Sincerely His said...

I am so sorry to hear that your sister had an asthma attack. I know how that feels. I had a really big one a couple of months ago. At that time my dad was out of work. No work, no insurance. All I could do was cry. We eventually got to the ER with the help of others.Now we are using a program called hallelujah acres.Their website is
Hope it can help. Also keep me in your prayers if you can, now that I'm 19, the insurance co. have cut me off my dad's insurance and won't put me back on unless I go to college full time, which is not what I want to do. And with asthama, not having insurance is very bad.

Aunt B said...


Have you heard of lasagna gardening? You can check it out by typing in

I helped a new gardener make a lasagna garden for his tomatoes and it has been about 4 weeks and they are looking good.

Would be nice for some one who didn't have a nice garden area like you.

Let us know how your garden is doing.

God bless,
Aunt B

Monica said...

Dear Mia,
We have three men in our house that have asthma; my husband, and our two sons - the youngest (5) has it the worst. He has spent his share of time in the hospital as well.

We first decided that we would have to "spring clean" every saturday without him present. We noticed that when we cleanded (vacuumed and dusted) within two days, he would have an attack. His grandmother now comes to pick him up and we spring clean (yes, it's exhausting, but it has helped). We changed all of our cleaners to Shaklee products, especially the Basic H cleaner. I happen to sell it if you're interested. It will save you a ton of money on cleaners because it's so versitile and you can use it on everything. I now cannot use over the counter cleaners without it disturbing my lungs.

He was/is on Singulair & Pulmicort daily, Albuterol (when needed).

Although all of this helped, it did not end the problem completely so we finally went to an allergist and found out that he is severely allergic to dust mites and dogs.

He is now on some allergy shots and a different inhaler (the name escapes me) but it has helped a great deal. We will be pulling up our brand new carpet in the living room this summer because of the dust mites. Thank goodness we replaced our couches with leather.
We put allergen covers on his pillows and mattress.

I would prefer to move to a completely natural homeopathic remedy, but I think I will wait a little longer on that, as this can be tricky and at times dangerous.

As far as eating - have you heard of the Bread Beckers? I was blessed with a Nutrimill and hope to use it soon ( I don't have all of the stuff yet).

Mia, the tests (allergy) and changes (due to results) you need to may be costly, but so worth it.

I will pray that God makes it all available to your family.I especially pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal to your mom and dad what the "culprit" is to her attacks as this can be the start to paving a preventive road.

BTW, I am much older than you as you may tell from my "family members" but I LOVE your love for the "old" ways. Your dress is beautiful and the photos of you are gorgeous. I am blessed to find young girls such as yourself desiring to be feminine and set apart. I have a seventeen year old daughter who is "set apart" but much prefers jeans. Oh, well. One thing at a time. I'm just blessed that she is in love with Jesus.

God bless you,
Monica Fermoyle

Hana said...

My sister has asthma, too - I remember though that it got much better when she started singing in a choir and doing regular breathing exercises thanks to that! Also, my cousin has asthma and he started playing flute - I don't know if he still does, but that was another option I thought of...