Heartfelt Magazine, CHM’s monthly magazine that provides CHM membership-related tips and tricks, testimonies from CHM members, and more. Please refer to the CHM Guidelines and applicable web pages for the most up-to-date information regarding CHM membership, sharing eligibility, and ministry news.*This information was published in the December 2023 issue of
It began on a Sunday night. Our then four-year-old son, Xavier, woke up with diarrhea and complaining of stomach pains.
By Wednesday, after he hadn’t recovered and refused to eat or drink, we took him into our local clinic. They gave him medication and sent him home. On Friday, he hadn’t improved, prompting us to return to the clinic. They did blood work and transferred him to the emergency room to give him fluids. They then sent him home again.
On Monday, we called the clinic to see if they had any answers for us, but they’d lost a critical sample. The following day, Xavier quit urinating. We decided to take him to the children’s hospital in Minneapolis. They diagnosed him with hemolytic uremic syndrome. He received multiple blood transfusions, had a catheter inserted, and dialysis to help his kidneys.
We realized just how much danger Xavier was in when the doctor brought us forms to sign for the blood transfusions and catheter. It was draining to watch him fight for his life while making sure our other children were being comforted and cared for. I was also pregnant at the time.
Xavier was given medication for a bit that helped him a lot, but praise God, he’s now off it! We’re grateful he’s back to his typical self.
We originally joined CHM as a more affordable option than traditional insurance, especially after struggling with our previous insurance provider’s network. With CHM, we were able to decide where to transfer Xavier, without issues. It was such a relief to not have to worry about getting pre-approval while we were worrying about our son’s life. We knew that he needed serious treatment—we didn’t have time to wait around.
We thank God for pulling him through. Our children are gifts, and it’s important to remember to enjoy each moment we’re given with them!