I'm actually going to back up a bit into 2011. Early in December my 8 year old was in the ER for an entire day hooked up to IV and running tests. We went home with a Strep Throat diagnosis (which he did have) but also wondering if that was really all that was going on. By February he had lost 8 pounds. That's more than 10% of his body weight. He finally confessed that he'd felt sick to his tummy since December (2 month!!!) but was afraid we'd take him back to the hospital so he just hid his pain. Even typing this now, it still makes me so sad. One of the things we tried was having this kid eat gluten and dairy free. We ran rounds of blood tests and finally my primary care Dr. thought to check his thyroid. That was it!!! He's taking synthetic thyroid and will have blood tests every 4-6 months while he's growing....but my kid is finally feeling better. 6 weeks after starting the medication he gained back all the weight he'd lost plus 1 lb. We've re-introduced some dairy (soy cheese just doesn't cut it for this kid...and we're buying some breads/chips/cookies that have dairy) but he's still gluten free. His tummy FINALLY doesn't hurt. And he has noticed such a difference that he's not even tempted to cheat. Did you know that tootsie rolls have gluten? He won't eat anything without checking with me first. I am so thankful to have my kid feeling like himself again that it's worth not being able to eat out (except for some Mexican or Vegan places). It's worth always having to pack food for him because you can't just stop and get something if you're not going to make it home in time for a meal. It's totally worth packing him a sack lunch and a special cupcake or cookie for every birthday party he's invited to. And...it's opened my heart to other kids with special diets. On the last night of Stockade (a church version of Boy Scouts) they had ice cream sandwiches for everyone. T couldn't have one and I didn't know there would be a special treat so I hadn't sent him with somethig. This time he said it was OK because there was a 6th grader that was allergic to dairy and he couldn't have one either. So when T's Sunday School class had a party I sent a couple boxes of Enjoy Life cookies. I knew then that kids with allergies in his class could have a cookie. I know there's at least 1 girl with peanut allergies in that class.
And if T's health issues weren't enough...We started L at the orthodontist. Now I have 2 kids with palate wideners...and that means no gum/sticky foods/crunchy foods/popcorn. Once you add those diet restrictions to the GF/DF diets that 2 of us have you can see why cooking is such a full time job. We don't use any pre-cooked dinners. I can't pick up take-out. I can't just put a frozen lasagna in the oven and add a bag of salad an pop open a can of breadsticks to bake. I'm not sure I want to eat like that, but maybe I just want the option.
During all this...My hubby coached 2 basketball teams, the kids all took swimming lessons, we had 2 birthdays and the puppy gained 40lbs.
I'll give the puppy update in another post. And just maybe I'll have a knitting update too. Oh...and for those who have been around since the aDayInTheLife days, the kiddos are now 10, 9, & 7!