Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Questionables

Now that we have been on this allergy journey for about 6 weeks, we've kind of figured out how to eat around here.  Kind of.  It's still a struggle, but we're making it. 

We removed the 10 offending foods from Bubble Boy's diet and noticed vast improvement.  But we still see "flare ups".  Some flare ups, we can trace back to mistakes we've unknowingly made.  But some flare ups that we can't trace back to any mistakes that we know of.

Enter the Questionables.

You see, when his allergy testing was performed, there were foods that he definitely WASN'T allergic to and there were foods that he definitely WAS allergic to.  In the middle, live the questionables.  After finding out that Bubble Boy had 10 definite food allergies, the doctor told us to remove those foods and not to worry about the questionables right now.

But when he's eating right, and the symptoms still show up sometimes, the questionables are a good place to look.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of them.  Let me break it down for you like this. 

Bubble Boy was tested for 34 foods.

He was NOT allergic to 13 of those foods.  Interestingly enough, there was only one food that he had absolutely no reaction to at all.  It was cane sugar.

He was definitely allergic to 10 of those foods.  The list is on my sidebar.

Which means that 11 of the foods were questionable.  These foods are:
Salt Water Fish
String Beans
American Cheese
Cheddar Cheese
Parmesan Cheese

Yikes, right?  So we were able to trace back some of his flare ups to times when he has eaten corn, corn chips, popcorn, and corn Chex.  Not to mention that corn is in everything.  I'm not kidding.  Everything.  That glass of water you're drinking?  There's corn in it! 

Not really, but it feels like it sometimes.  Think of corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup (which we would like to avoid as much as possible, but with 10 other things to worry about, it's hard), and corn starch.  It's even in baking powder, which is why we ate some flat muffins the other day.

So we did a corn test.  We completely eliminated corn from his diet for 4 days.  Then gave him full blown corn (you like how I referred to it as full-blown corn, almost like it was uncut heroin or something) in a "controlled setting", aka our dining room.  His tics were flaring up within a few hours.  Nothing terrible like the time he had cottonseed oil, but definitely there.

While not on the questionable list (he didn't even get tested for it), we are contemplating that cinnamon may be a problem.  Mostly because in my baking frenzy, I believe cinnamon has been the common ingredient in all of my dishes and he was having a steady hard time with his tics.  Rocket Man and I had discussed this possibility, and then Rocket Man had lunch with his half sister and happened to find out that she was allergic to cinnamon. 

What do you know? 

I've kept him off cinnamon and will do a test in a few days.

So, as you can see, we've been up to some serious adventures around here (not).

Now I'm off to sneak a Krispy Kreme doughnut that I've hidden from Bubble Boy because it definitely contains 2 confirmed allergens and at least one questionable. 

Shhhh, nobody needs to know but you and I, my invisible friend.

1 comment:

  1. I read an article once about how corn is really in everything...maybe it is in our water. They said that in the average american's diet something crazy like (and I forget the real #) 80% of the foods they eat contain corn.

    You amaze me with your good attitude about this...praying for y'all as you figure it all out.


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