Today is the day. The girl and I are so excited.
In January, the girl caught a cold, then we thought it was mono, then on to other things. Poor thing had round and round of blood work. Then she was in pain. All. the. time.
During this time, we realized that wheat/gluten, oats, and sugar were causing more pain for her, so we went to see pediatric gastroenterology specialist. She had an upper endoscopy done. She was tested for Chrones, Ceiliac, and a whole plethora of other stuff. Nothing. Still the pain persisted. Doctor’s were stumped and we were frustrated. In July, she had her gall bladder removed. That helped with part of the problem, but still she was in pain.
In August, my sister came to visit, and she suggested a food allergy blood test. By this time, I was desperate and willing to do anything to find out what in the world was wrong with the girl. 1 vial of blood and 3 weeks later, we find out that she has delayed food allergies, and she isn’t just allergic to a few things, she is allergic to a boatload of stuff. Not the things I’d wish to be allergic to…..you know, green stuff, and brussel spouts and broccoli and salad…….oh! no! She is fortunate enough to be allergic to wheat, and gluten and eggs, and milk and soy and sugar,~~all the things that when mixed together = cake, cookies, bread and butter, mayonnaise or even dare I say chocolate? Life without chocolate and mayonnaise is just…well…bad!~~ add to that, a list of 36 delicious items that if I had the misfortune to be allergic to, I would curl up in a ball and die. That would be after the ginormous hissy fit I would throw all over the floor!
So, we began the process of purging all the bad things out of her system. This has been a boring, and repetitive 3 weeks of only eating grapes, apple, tuna, cod, whiting(fish), walnuts, pecans, onion, mushroom, red pepper, and cinnamon. Yes, my dear friends. Those are the only things that she is 100% not allergic to. Then we begin a process of reintroducing things that she ‘could’ be allergic to back into her system. 1 food item every 4 days to see if she reacts to each and every food tested…all 132 of them. This process will take 8 months. After that, we can start testing other foods that weren’t tested in the original blood test. This has already been a wild adventure.
I digress…today is the day! Today we start the process of reintroducing food. Buckwheat is the food of the day. Today I will make the girl her first pancake. Yes, my peoples, this is truly exciting stuff around here. Let me just say that after 3 weeks of fish and apples, anything is exciting. This morning she will be having an apple, cinnamon, walnut, buckwheat pancake minus butter and syrup.
In celebration with the girl, I will be having a mayonnaise sandwich on white bread with a hot chocolate chaser. For dessert I will be eating peanut M&M’s. Unless…unless you have a better idea?