I took the boys back to the Naturopath last Friday and then again yesterday.
We got them retested to see what things are still showing up as intolerances.Â Josiah is doing really well.Â He’s cleared most of the food intolerances except for the things that you wouldn’t expect to give to babies….like egg yolks and grapefruit and…..looking at the list…raspberries, chocolate…that sort of things, but the dairy is still showing a super bad reaction.
I know that through out all of my testing, the dairy has never budged at all…it’s been a highly intolerant thing for me too, and also for the other 3 kids, although they’ve shown some slight changes when it comes to cheese, but for now we are just sticking away from dairy all together.
Â So, She has put both ‘Siah and I on a med. to desensitize us from dairy and we’ll see how it goes from there.Â I’m supposed to try adding in some butter and some yogurt in two weeks and to see if he has any reactions.Â
He (Josiah) has actually been doing AMAZING.Â His skin looks so clear, and if you didn’t know that he’d had such bad exczema – you’d never be able to tell a thing.Â There are some tiny rough patches in front of his ears almost on his cheeks, but they are mostly skin colored and pretty much only I notice them.
We’ve had no barfingÂ issues and no poop issues, and if we can get this dairy thing worked out, then…then….we’ll be good to go.Â As it is, I’ve been able to add a bunch of stuff back into my diet now, things like soy – actually that’s a HUGE one…almost as big as dairy and in fact for us and the way we eat – it is bigger than dairy….so I was SOOOO glad to have that back on the menu and lots of other insignificant foods (lke bananas) that I won’ get into.
Now Jeremy on the other hand…….
Oh, where to even start.Â
We had SUCH a good day on Saturday and Sunday morning.Â He started to ramp up on Sunday Afternoon and then for absolutely no reason that we can come up with, Monday and Tuesday were absolutely hellish.Â The mornings started off bad, and he couldn’t focus on ANYTHING, and we found out on Tuesday that he had peed on the changeroom floor on Monday afternoon.Â It was to be a prank….water on the floor to slip on….but seriously, son…..peeing on the floor.
He was absolutely wired for our appt with Dr. Cathy and so she got to see the full on ADD/ADHD side of him – no holds barred.Â It hasn’t been this bad in a while.
We talked about the fact that for all the treatments we’ve done, basically we had a drastic improvement when we altered his diet, then we did the Vaccine thingy on him and he went absolutely wild and then only came down a little….basically he was at a 7/8 before we started with the Naturopath, and then we changed his diet and he came down to a 5/4/3 totally livable, in my opinion, then we did the vaccine thing, and he went up to a 10+ and then even though it was supposed to help flush out of his system we’ve only come down to a8/9 since then….how frustrating is that…and then…….we’ve plateaued….and that has been the MOST frustrating thing.
She talked about how she just went to a training session done by a naturopathic pediatrician, and andÂ how this pediatrician hasÂ tried most of the things that we’ve done on Jeremy with kids who were WAY worse and they’ve had AMAZING results.Â So we’ve done all the right things, why aren’t we seeing the results….I can only hope that once we figure out the “thing” that’s keeping all this from falling into place that Jeremy will be the most healthy kid EVER.
We’ve attacked this from so many different angels, but one thing she hasn’t done is to deal with the brain, th nervous system, and so for the next three weeks, we are giving him some help in that area, and if we don’t see any drastic improvement over the next three weeks, then I think that we might just trysome good ol’ fashioned Ritalin for the remainder of the school year.Â
In the summer, we are going to be dealing with some more of the vaccine stressors, she thinks and I agree that a lot of this started and goes back to him reacting to the vaccines…I tend to agree.Â So, that is where we stand right now.
It’s hard.Â It’s hard to know what the best thing is to do for your child, and I think that even if we go the “Ritalin Route” for a while, that it’s only buying us and him and his teachers some time….It’s a mask….it’s not a fix.Â It just gives some breathing room to be able to relax for a minute, and when it all comes down to it the focus is……finding out what caused this to happen in the first place and helping Jeremy’s body to be perfecty healthy so he doens’t have to deal with this.
This is hard.Â For him, for us, for teachers, for friends, for random strangers….it’s hard when people look at this normal healthy little boy and wonder why he is acting the waye does, and to not be able to explain because it takes too long or it’s too involved or just because they wouldn’t understand.
And to see his little heart get crushed when someone doens’t want him around because of his behaviour or because he’s too difficult….that hurts him…it hurts me….
I wish that we didn’t have to deal with this, but we do and I amÂ happy with the outcome of yesterday’s appt because I’m focused again.Â We are working towards finding out how we can help to balance and heal Jeremy’s body.Â It will happen.Â Â I believe it, even if it’s tking longer than I’d like….it’s like every thing we are doing is bringing him one step closer to the time when he will be able to function differently, easier, betterÂ than he can now.
That, I am excited about.