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Gage Update

Gage was scoped in December the same day as Charlie. We had tried to take Gage off his steroid when we took Charlie off his, but Gage started choking and coughing a lot so he went back on it. Before this scope we had removed wheat and oats from his diet because of his horrible bad scope in July. So we were really hoping there would be improvement.
It took a little longer than usual for the GI doctor to call me after their scopes so I called her. She gave me Charlie’s news with great enthusiasm. Her mood drastically changed when it was time to talk about Gage. Gage’s scope was still very bad and that is why she hadn’t called me. She didn’t know what to do and was trying to figure it out. His mid esophagus had 14 eosinophils and his distal was 54+ and there are fibrosis. Fibrosis is the hardening of the tissue which is what we are trying to avoid and the reason we do special diets trying to find the trigger foods. I got very upset. So it’s more than the wheat and oats that’s causing Gage’s issues. I told her that the only other food he’s eating that was removed before is corn. She reminded me that his patch test came back positive to pork and green beans. So after a long discussion she left it at we remove pork and green beans and keep him on his steroid twice a day. We’ll re-scope him in 3-4 months. At that time if he isn’t better, then we’ll remove corn. So Nathan and I had a talk that evening and we talked about why waiting to take out corn, because that eliminates a lot of everyday things for him. We then decided that we would let him try potatoes. If he did ok on potatoes then we would take out the corn. If he has a clean scope next time we know it’s probably pork, corn or green beans. If it’s a bad scope then we know it’s potatoes.
Gage is currently off the following foods:
Beef
eggs
soy
rice
seafood
peanuts and tree nuts
peas
mustard
celery
sesame
wheat
oats
corn
pork
green beans.
It’s tough. Although having potatoes allows him to have a few flour mixes and cake mixes he couldn’t previously have because of the potato starch. Now if he could just have rice our world would be so much easier.

January 17, 2012 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Things are looking up

Although we still have a long road ahead of us, right now things are great. Gage has been eating wheat and corn for a month now and no problems at all! He’s also ditched his crib, diapers and bottle!  He’s like a little man now. (sniff sniff) I knew that when he was asking for a bottle of warm milk it was time to give it up. I let him have it for so long after turning one so that he would get extra calories he needed. Knowing he always finished his bottle it was a win win for both of us.

We’ve had his toddler bed set up in his room for quite sometime but he’s been afraid of it. I think he’s going to be a gentle giant when he grows up. Finally one night I said let’s try the big boy bed again. He slept in it all night with no problems. Next day, crib came down. The great thing about it is he won’t get out of the bed unless I’m in the room. That includes during the day too. With Charlie we would always have to sit there until he fell asleep because he would never stay in it.

The potty training was super simple too. He’s not even 2-1/2 yet! First week we went right into underwear. He had 3 accidents and that was it. He’s even staying dry at night and during nap. He may be the easiest kid yet.

He recently had his first pop tart. It was like baby crack. Have to be careful though some pop tart flavors do contain egg. I’m still learning!

So let’s cheers to Gage for a great month!

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Gage's allergies | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wheat -where have you been all my life?

Oh that’s right I’ve been allergic to it. Just some thoughts I’m sure Gage is having now. Let me back up a bit.

Gage recently was scoped for a EE check up. Everything came back clear! No eosinophils in his esophagus or blood stream! What a huge happy day for us. Dr gave us the go ahead to try corn. So after two weeks on corn with no reactions I called the allergist. He decided to go ahead and let us try wheat too. We’ll stop there until the next scope. For the past few days Gage has had wheat products. The very first thing he asked for were “Charlie noodles”. Coming from a two year old it was pretty cute. Oh he loved them! He knew just how to stick his fork in there and twirl it around. He’s also had a few Ritz crackers, two oreo cookies, a slice of toast and a cinnamon roll. No reaction. We’ll go slow on it for a while just like with the corn. I told my husband if he can have corn and wheat back then i’m fine with just that! Yeah wheat and corn!

September 17, 2010 Posted by | Gage's allergies | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wednesday Challenge

Wednesday is Fun with family and friends.

My Challenge for you is to eat like us for a day! Here’s your list of do not eat foods: wheat, soy, sesame, rice, oats, mustard, beef, all fish, chicken, celery, corn, peas, green beans, onions, garlic, eggs, potatoes, all nuts, pineapple, all melon. Make sure and read those labels!

May 19, 2010 Posted by | daily life | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our new enemy – CORN

Here’s a list of Gage’s food allergies that was stay clear of: beef, wheat, soy, sesame, celery, mustard, eggs, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, all nuts & fish.

Since doing the blood test yesterday to check for more food allergies we are staying clear of corn. CORN is in everything. It was in 75% of the baby food he could eat. While making him Gage safe pancakes this morning I learned corn starch is in baking powder. There goes our egg substitute for baking. Then at lunch I learned corn syrup is in the safe hotdogs he can eat. What else will you pop up in corn. Oh there goes a snack – popcorn!

This will not be a fun week and a half while waiting the results.  

May 4, 2010 Posted by | Gage's allergies | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A little Gage introduction

Gage is my latest creation.  I would best describe him now as shy, strong, loving, mellow and a great dancer.

He started with his food allergy issues before we even realized what was going on. Around 8-9 months when I started some table foods he would choke and puke everyday. I mentioned it to the pediatrician and we wrote it off as a sensitive gag reflux. A few months went by and he was still vomiting. But now it would be 15 – 30 minutes after a meal. He would also become horse. Knowing what I know now, we’re so lucky he never had an anaphylactic episode. My husbands food allergies are so severe that he instantly becomes covered in hives and basically has an anaphylactic episode if he eats the tiniest food allergen. So we didn’t really think of what was happening to Gage as being food allergies. Charlie had a few when he was little but he would get hives. So again I mention it to the pediatrician and he says we’ll watch him and we may have to check a valve or something. Well I was keeping an eye on the foods he was puking up and it seemed to be cheeses and things with egg. So I made the dreaded allergist appointment. This was in the fall of 2009. We didn’t do a full panel on Gage because I thought I could tell what it was and we did a few other highly known allergies. POSITIVE! I didn’t cry because at that point it was only egg, nuts, peas, all fish and wheat. No biggie I can handle that. Actually peas were negative but I had seen him get a few hives while eating them. We did a control test and he broke out in hives eating only 1/3 of a pea. So no peas. His wheat count was low so he was still getting that in small doses.

A few months later he had a horrible reaction at dinner and he didn’t have anything in the meal that had shown a positive reaction so back we went. I insisted it was soy, the allergist questioned it but tested it anyways  – BINGO! What is it they always say? A mom knows hers kids best or something like that. So we added soy to the list.

Another month went by and he started getting hives after more meals. So back to the allergist, this time we did a full panel. I actually laughed when the allergist told me all the positives. I guess that was how I kept myself from crying; egg, peas, soy, wheat, fish, all nuts, beef, all potatoes, rice, celery, mustard and sesame. What is this kid going to eat.

I can honestly say at this point I have no longer enjoyed grocery shopping. Those first few trips I went alone trying to find anything for him to eat. I do need to mention we kept him on rice because it was low and he had never shown a reaction. Still to this day I find myself almost in tears looking at certain kid foods feeling bad that he can’t eat it. I then struggle because his brother can, so do I buy it and sneak it to him? Should he miss out too? It’s these sort of thoughts and things that bother me the most. Gage is actually fine and doesn’t know any different. He’s healthy and huge – always been on the 75% for his growth.

After his last allergist appointment he mentioned EE to me and said let’s get him tested for it, it’s something that can be treated with medicine. Oh well that sounds great! Let’s do it. I hate the thought of him on meds all the time but if it helps him eat let’s check it out!  BUZZ WRONG ANSWER  I went home and did a little google search. Not really what I was expecting. Made the GI appointment and made my list of questions.

At the GI appointment she walked in, we spoke a little, she looked at Gage and said “He really doesn’t look like he has EE. However, he does have a lot of strange food allergies. We can scope him now or we might be scoping him down the road when he comes in with something stuck in his throat.” She was really positive that he didn’t have it. My husband and I decided let’s go ahead and scope him now because we’re going to have to do it at some point anyways. We had Gage scoped the end of January this year. Sure enough his little esophagus was so swollen the Dr was surprised he could even swallow food.

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Gage's allergies | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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