Do you remember when you were a kid, and you could get those teeny-tiny sponge capsules, plop them in water, and they would get huge?
Well, last night I dreamed I invented sponge shoes. Sponge tennis shoes, flip flops, and heels.
You could wear them anywhere.
You could mop the floor with your shoes.
You could keep several new pair of shoes in your purse, and change them in the blink of an eye.
Women bought them by the capsule full.
I became a millionaire.
What I really wanted to blog about was the girl and her food allergies.
If you are looking for something funny…go away.
If you are looking for boring information and a few chuckles…keep reading.
In January of 2007, the girl became ill.
We had no clue what was wrong with her.
We got acquainted with many different doctors, specialists, hospitals, and medical bills.
We did not get acquainted with answers.
Her gall bladder was removed that July. It helped some, but didn’t fix the problem
No one knew what was wrong with her, I just knew that she was hurting, and I couldn’t help her.
I was almost going insane trying to get answers.
Finally, Sister suggested that we have her tested for Delayed Food Allergies.
So we did.
Delayed Food allergies as defined by blah..blah…blah…doctors say this…
“A food allergy develops when your immune system, by means of an odd mixture of immune cells, antibodies and chemical mediators, reacts in an attempt to reject a food in your diet. “
“The allergic symptoms in immune reactions are delayed in onset, appearing anywhere from within two hours up to several days after consuming allergic foods (Example: migraine headaches characteristically first appear 48 hours after allergic foods are eaten). Delayed food reactions may come from any organ or tissue in the human body, blah…blah….blah…
“Immediate food allergy involves foods that are rarely eaten. Unfortunately, delayed food allergy involves commonly eaten foods, foods that you eat every day and may even crave. “
“Hidden and delayed food/allergies contribute or cause hundreds of health conditions and symptoms, that tend to be chronic and recurrent, and affect multiple bodily systems, such as:
Digestive (bloating, constipation, cramping, Crohn’s, colic, diarrhea, IBS, nausea/vomiting);
Immune System (autoimmune, chronic infections, recurrent ear infections);
Musculoskeletal (arthritis, feeling “below par,” weakness, joint and muscle pain);
Neurovascular (Meniere’s, migraines);
Nervous system (ADHD, children’s mood and behavioral problems, depression, headache, learning difficulties, mood swings);
Skin (acne, canker sores, eczema, hives, itching, psoriasis, rashes);
Systemic symptoms and conditions (bed-wetting, chronic fatigue, insomnia, multiple chemical sensitivity, obesity, PMS, water retention, weight gain/loss) and many others symptoms and conditions are caused or worsened by delayed and hidden food allergies/sensitivities!”
Most food allergies/sensitivities are acquired throughout life due to: a lack of variety in the diet (the average American eats only 19 foods on an ongoing basis), poor digestion and poor detoxification; genetics also plays a role. Many people with multiple food allergies have “leaky gut syndrome,” which means that foods (especially proteins), are not being broken down effectively, and once absorbed, an increased immune reaction results. Healing the gut lining is the priority.
*the things I have highlighted in red is how the girl suffers
I found out just the other day, that my dad’s mom had Celiacs later on in her life, her sister had it, and so does her nephew(Cousin Jerry’s mom and brother).
Sister suffers from delayed food allergies, and so many more of those symptoms mentioned above.
My poor girl.
Because delayed food allergies come from being allergic to the proteins in the food, you really shouldn’t eat the same foods every day, but rotate them so that the body doesn’t reject the foods that you can eat.
So! This is what my girl can eat.
This is it.
She is allergic to everything else.
She just can’t go spend the night with anyone with out tons of preparation~~read, I must make all her food for her before hand.
We can’t go out to eat, because she just sits there and watches us. Tortured.
Holidays are a nightmare for her.
I read a blog called Karina’s Kitchen~Recipes from a Gluten Free Goddess. She made a post right before Thanksgiving that struck a chord in the girl and I.
A week from today is a big day. The Big T. Thanksgiving. And nothing sends shivers of trepidation up a gluten-free or casein-free girl’s spine like the mental image of mounds of Grandma’s sage pungent dressing or slabs of Aunt Ida’s pumpkin pie. It’s a butter and wheat flour infused gorge fest with danger at every turn.
If you’re lucky- your family is tuned in and aware of the angst and anxiety food centric holidays can trigger. They are thoughtful and well schooled in where gluten lurks or hides (some turkey broths and marinades, gravies and spice blends, stuffing and pie crusts) and don’t ask questions like, You can eat whole wheat crackers, right? (with the emphasis on the word whole as if somehow, the word itself makes the wheat magically safe to consume).
And if they don’t indulge in meta messages and all that spooky passive-aggressive weirdness they won’t sigh when you politely decline a slice of Bunny’s pecan pie and say, Just don’t eat the crust. They won’t hold up a pitcher of gravy and whisper, A little bit won’t kill you. I’m allergic to milk- and I cheat, then you, Dear Reader, have much to be thankful for.
You’re blessed with a clan that gets you, honestly loves you without judging you, and cares about every morsel that enters your fragile universe.
Fortunately, my family gets it.