Quick update on the consumption of fast food french fries: I’ve gotten sicker from eating baked goods made in a facility shared with wheat/gluten, but I was still a bit affected. My body still seemed to be trying to get the junk out! And Ada had a little rashiness and constipation. And I was irritable as hell Saturday. You know its a food or chemical reaction when you are trying to be in a good mood but don’t seem to be able to control it. It helps actually, knowing the reason I am getting upset over silly things.
So it wasn’t terrible, I don’t think we got huge amounts of trace gluten. I’ve gotten sicker from that, like I said. Azita was very cranky as well yesterday, coincidence?
Anyway, we are getting ready for another appointment at Duke for Ada the Monday after tomorrow. Her doctor here has been doing weight checks and is very happy with her progress. She has hit 21 pounds. I checked her growth on the World Health Organization’s charts and she was above the 25th percentile, and she used to be below the 7th there, and the 2nd percentile on the doctor’s charts. The WHO’s charts represent normal infant growth for breastfed infants from with data collected from 6 different countries, I believe.
The doctor’s charts here in the US are typically supplied by formula companies and are not really normal infant growth in my opinion, since they are based on a few thousand primarily formula fed infants in Ohio in the 1970’s (if I’ve got that correct).
Either way, Ada’s doing well. She has trace little reactions and I wonder if her resistance to napping has to do with food stuff at times. Yeah, sounds like they wouldn’t be related, but tons, and I mean TONS, of food allergy moms have found that when their kid is reacting to a food they are wired up. Or that when they take them off the foods they react to, their ADD/ADHD and school problems disappear.
She has occassionaly rashes, bowel movement issues, lots of pees (a food reaction b/c foods irritate the bladder as the body tries to rid itself of a toxin) and skin bumps but nothing like before. I got better at pinpointing trace amounts of gluten do to our food being contaminated in factories and fields that use or make wheat products. For instance, I found a few gluten-intolerants who have issues with chicken or at least the chicken skin, and a few who felt they were reacting to the supposedly gluten free sausages we were eating. I cut both of those out, and Ada starting gaining weight!
So the foods we have added back in, about once a week at the advice of her allergist:
Rice (carefully sourced from a company that does not share fields, equipment or factories with wheat)
all berries (added back just in time for berry season a month or two ago)
fresh corn (corn products still seem to be an issue)
That is all I can think of now. It’s been really positive lately.