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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
You knew there had to be some good news coming, and today feels like we turned a corner. The cactus are singing in Arizona tonight because we have Internet access again. Not only that, but the phone company installed a phone. Not only that, but the phone company says they installed an ISDN line at the house where we're renting. Never mind that I can't find it, they say it's here, so I guess it is.

It was warm today, in the upper 80s. Hm. 88 in February. What will it be like in July? I can't go there yet. But the evening was nice and cool and peaceful. Oh, and the trash guys came by and took all the trash we put by the side of the road. Andrea said they even waved, which is a far cry from the fellow who yelled at me in Tucson a couple of weeks ago because I didn't have the lids off and the bins spaced 3 feet apart. I don't know how I was supposed to know that, but evidently I made this man's day really bad by him having to get off the truck and yell at me.

The trash guys in Colorado never yelled at me.

So here we are, a little house in the desert, coyotes running around, the kids riding a couple of scooters and a "green machine" given to us by neighbors. They say home is where the heart is. My heart is with my wife and kids so home is Arizona.

As I write this, I am in a 7X7 closet in the back bedroom, the fluorescent light cascading down, three sons sleeping in three separate tents in our bedroom. It is beginning to get quiet now, people winding down from a day of activity and meds and nebulizing. That's what I'm doing as I write. You put a mix of medicine and water in this white thing that looks like an overblown peace pipe, plug it into the socket and start breathing through your mouth and out your nose. It's not easy because the smoke makes you cough until you get used to it. This is supposed to do something good for me. Same for the fish oil. And the Mucinex. And the charcoal tablets. And the clay drink. Honestly, we're drinking dirt and taking some other mix I can't begin to spell. And bathing with black soap. And shampooing with medicine. And eating sprouts of things.

I just had to pour out the red stuff into the cap and do some more nebulizing. I think people get arrested for this, I really do.

Why are we doing this? What's the point? I think the answer is survival. We were exposed to some really bad stuff. The kids were all sick and every doctor told us something different until my wife, who is a treasure, pieced it together. Now they're getting better and seeing improvement, though it's often two steps forward and one step on a cactus, and a drive to the emergency room, and one more step forward. The health insurance still doesn't cover any of this. The homeowners insurance doesn't cover any of our house problem.

But God knows. And I think he's led us to the desert for a reason. And not just to get us healthy again physically. I think there's something even bigger than that going on.

I know that because I read it on the Internet.

6 comments:

Phil Hoover, Chicago said...

God has led you to your current place...and HE knows why HE has led you there....

Phil Hoover, Chicago said...

Chris,

I continually pray for you, Andrea, and your children. God knows where you are, what you need, and exactly how HE will supply it.

august589 said...

I see you're having a similar experience with Waste Management that we had in Cochise County. It is Waste Management, isn't it? Anyway, they're sticklers about where the trash cans should be and how they're placed, etc, etc.

I feel for your situation. No, I've never been in a situation quite like yours but we have to deal with my wife's afflictions (she's been dealing with gout in her right hand for two weeks now) and she gets frustrated and so do I. It's never-ending. I'll do my best to remember to pray for you. I say it that way because I'm never 100% percent sure I'll always remember! :^)

As for the summer, June is the hottest month in Tucson--around 105-108. Then the summer rains come in July and August and the temps cool down and the humidity goes up a bit. Right now, your area is simply unseasonably warm. Maybe you'll have a mild spring (by Tucson standards).

Randall

Melanie Cox said...

Chris,
My name is Melanie Cox and I live in Richmond, VA. I just read your wife's blog and feel like we are living parallel lives. I have two sons that are sick with toxic mold. I couldn't find a place to leave your wife a comment, but would you mind sending her a link to our blog? If there is ever an appropriate time, perhaps we could talk with one another. The clinic in Arizona has been a discussion in our future. We are still waiting on the rest of the test results.
Our link is www.coxbrothers.blogspot.com
thanks
Melanie

Dorcas said...

I was referred to your blog by John and Twila Musselman who said they knew you in your Chicago/Moody days. Our 18-year-old daughter Emily has allergy/health issues and seems to be allergic to Oregon, so we just moved her to Colorado. And I see that's where you were, but had to leave, which sounds ominous for Emily. But of course we still hope that this will finally restore her health. It has been a journey of raised and dashed hopes that I'm sure you know all about. Much grace to you and yours.

Chris Fabry said...

Dorcas,
Thanks for telling us about Emily. Just because our home had a problem, I don't think you have to worry about her. She may well find Colorado much easier on her allergies. We love it there and I hope she will, too.
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