On the night of August 18th, Coleman was dealing with his third round of strep throat since July. That night he went into his parents' room ice cold and completely incoherent. After not doing well the next day, they consulted with their pediatrican in Oklahoma City and were advised to take him immediately to Children's Hospital. Since they moved to the Oklahoma panhandle a year and a half ago, this meant a 5+ hour drive late at night. After many tests and several doctors, Coleman was diagnosed with PANDAS. The antibodies he produced should have attacked the strep. Instead, they attack his brain.
Now, instead of being the bright, active little guy he used to be, he struggles with simple tasks like writing his name or deciding what to eat for breakfast. He's tired all the time and his body hurts all over. The doctors say that children with PANDAS experience pain much stronger than they should. His eyes twitch, he has anxiety and can't sleep well. Mark and Christy say it's like all a sudden raising a completely different child. It's very frighening.
But there are treatments available. Both conventional treatments and alternative treatments. Mark and Christy need to make several trips to OKC with Coleman for these treatments, some of which are very expensive. Coleman needs a lot of medicine, which adds up very quickly.
My brother is a pastor at a very small church in a very small town. He's also a volunteer firefighter. Christy is a stay-at-home mom and she homeschools the boys. (Coleman has two little brothers. Walker is 6 and Tyler is 4. ) If you can donate to this precious family to help cover Coleman's medical expenses we would be so grateful. We covet your prayers as they seek the best course of treatment.
Here is a link to a trailer about a documentary on PANDAS.
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