Can you believe it has already been three weeks since Reid’s dairy elimination started? Oh, wait, you weren’t counting down like I was? Silly me. In any case, I swear time flies around here. On the one hand it seems like it has been cold, dark and raining for eternity. On the flip side, I’m pretty sure it was just Valentine’s Day. Oops – it might be time to take down those heart decorations.
Everyone was so helpful when I mentioned our plan to stop dairy and eventually gluten. I got great information from you guys which made things much easier to navigate. I mentioned that I didn’t think Reid was dairy-intolerant, but that we were trying that first as suggested by his doctor. I was tempted to skip ahead to the gluten but I followed the “plan” set forth by the specialist. I did pay $300 for that plan so I might as well follow it, right?
Well, he is definitely doing a lot better than he was three weeks ago. Maybe there is some truth to this whole dairy deal. I know that his issue is gluten and we haven’t even eliminated it but I was surprised by the improvement I saw without the casein (milk protein). Reid is still throwing up but switching to almond milk has clearly done great things for his digestion. The vomiting is no longer the extreme projectile force that it was. And the consistency is better. I’ll leave it at that before you lose your lunch. Puke talk is not pretty.
His bruising is not gone but is substantially better. He does still have rashes. And rather extreme melt-downs that seem out of his control. The snoring is better but the bad breath is still there. He has also been having a lot of sleep trouble so I’m hoping this gluten removal will help. Of course, I’d love for the throwing up to cease but that might be a pipe dream. I’ll take what I can get.
Removing the dairy has been a pain but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. The almond milk has saved us. I’d love to be able to use cheese again sparingly because it is great for hiding veggies and other things that he doesn’t tolerate. It would be nice to do a little yogurt too because he will do smoothies with the yogurt in there. I’m hoping we won’t have to leave dairy behind forever.
I also read the book “The Out of Sync Child” which does a good job of breaking down sensory processing disorders. I had put off reading it but finally buckled down. There are many challenges that he doesn’t have which was healthy to realize. Reid’s “sensory issues” are omni-present but he has such areas of strength that it almost balances the scales. The sensory train is like transportation to the unknown because there are so many routes that these disorders take. I’m thankful that Reid has been in therapy for most of his life; our ride may be a little less bumpy as a result.
For now, we go to the doctor, listen to her evaluation, and stop all gluten. I am ready. I’ve got a pantry full of gluten-free items and I’m trashing a lot of other stuff that does not need to be hanging around.
Our family lifestyle has to change in order for this to work. I’m willing to do that. Of course, those two mornings a week that he is in school you might see me at the Krispy Kreme drive-thru. Shhhh.