Food Allergies & An Afternoon with Friends.
Note: The first half of the entry (the writing) is about Ada’s stomach virus, and poop vs. my food allergies. If you’re eating or that offends you, you may want to skip to the cute kid pictures below.
Ada had her first stomach virus on Wednesday.
She woke up at 5 in the morning and burped then choked a little, and spewed. Thankfully it was all breastmilk, but still.
She threw up all morning and all afternoon. It was so heartbreaking. She kept begging to nurse, and I would let her nurse for half a minute then take it away, and then she would throw it back up and sob for more milk.
I was getting worried, but around 5 in the afternoon she had some pedialite and it stayed down, and she got color back in her face and got up and started jumping on the bed. It was like a weird horrible 12 hour virus. Same thing Rosie had a few months ago exactly!
No one else got sick. Knock on wood.
I’m thinking she picked it up either at the allergy doctor on Monday or the dentist on Tuesday. I let her play with the toys at both places. When Rosie got sick with the same virus it was after playing with the toys at the eye doctor.
I am a total germophobe. I’m thinking I should never let them touch the toys at those offices again. Healthy immune systems be damned.
Speaking of the allergist, I got some great answers there. The appointment was for me.
Years ago, before I got pregnant with Rosie, I went to Mexico and stayed with a family there. I got a parasite but didn’t know it. The regular doctor just told me I had developed IBS randomly, so I suffered through random diarrhea every two weeks and increasingly horrible abdominal cramps.
I tried eating gluten free for months and I felt better at first, and then the cramps and diarrhea came back so I gave up on that and went back to eating delicious gluten.
At one point, before getting pregnant with Ada, I went to the herbalist my midwife recommended. He said he thought I had a parasite and gave me some kind of creepy tree fungus tincture to take that would deworm me.
So I took this tincture, it was so disgusting tasting! I had to drink a whole little bottle of it at once and it tasted like…*shudder*….nursing home and bad vodka.
I got really high. I felt like I was walking on marshmallows. I’m guessing that’s what a bad, bad shroom high feels like. Never again. Ever.
Anyway, during the 24 hours after taking it I shat my brains out. Near the end I started pooping out worms. Seriously–like something horrible you would see when you mistakenly look up human parasite pictures on google images. It was one of the most horrific things that has EVER happened to me.
The herbalist said that the high feeling was from the toxins the worms release as they die and not from the tincture. I don’t know…but it was NOT pleasant.
I had to take a second dose exactly two weeks later to kill any eggs. The second dose also gave me explosive diarrhea, but no worms came out that time. (Thankfully.)
The herbalist said that I could have lasting digestive effects from the parasite infestation. It damages your intestinal lining, causing you to suffer from leaky gut or food allergies and intolerance that you didn’t have prior to the parasite.
Fun, right? Lucky me!
For future reference, if you ever travel to a third world country and come home with reoccurring Montezuma’s revenge then YOU MIGHT HAVE WORMS.
So. That in mind, I have had random digestive issues ever since. Not the same specifically horrible abdominal pain I had from the parasite, but something else. Like gas bubbles, bloating, a general feeling like something was fermenting inside my gut. Random diarrhea. Really great wonderful, leaving me afraid to eat anything pretty much.
Finally I decided to go to the allergist. I tried to research different methods of food allergy testing and it was very confusing. Lots of different opinions. After a year of putting it off I just asked the allergist what she recommended and brought up some of my accuracy concerns. She said I should just start with the skin prick testing. Therefore, skin pricks I did.
The testing showed I was allergic to only two things.
I am severely allergic to rye! The thing swelled up huge, and my nose immediately stuffed up. I had trouble breathing within a minute of the test being administered. Awesome.
The other allergy that showed up was pistachios. Random. Not allergic to any other grains or tree nuts, just those two things.
I have been shelling pistachios for Rosie on a daily basis, though not eating them myself since I don’t really like them. The 12 grain bread I’ve been eating contains rye! So does the chex mix. And the stuff from the lower shelves of the Whole Foods bakery case where there are rye bread crumbs! My mouth and tongue kept swelling up after eating things and I could not figure out why.
That mystery is solved. Rye and pistachios, I can avoid those!
The allergist said exposure can also cause nausea and diarrhea, so…yeah.
But here’s the best part. The allergist also said I have all of the symptoms of lactose intolerance.
Hmmm. Well, I haven’t been able to eat ice cream or cream based soups without getting immediately and violently ill (within half an hour of eating) in the past couple of years. I guess I never thought all lactose was making me sick!
Apparently the lactose can’t digest in your intestines, causing gas and bloating. It slows down your intestinal motility, making you constipated. The lactose keeps your intestines from absorbing water like normal. The the gas and the water and undigested lactose make this fun soup that causes cramps and explodes out of you in the form of scary poop.
Hi, lactose intolerance…we are not friends.
She suggested I avoid as much dairy as possible and take Lactaid tablets when eating anything with dairy.
Well that’s not too hard. Certainly not as hard as eating gluten free. (I am not allergic to wheat at all, by the way! Just rye!)
So this Lactaid is like LIFE ALTERING.
Why have I not tried it sooner?
Since taking it I have had no rolling gas bubbles. No horrible bloating. No cramps. No diarrhea.
My intestines feel like nothing. Like, they might as well not even be there.
CHRISTMAS FREAKIN’ MIRACLE.
So we’ll see. I hope this solves the problems and it lasts forever. Fingers crossed.
Seems great so far!!
The only problem is apparently I am (was) eating a diet chock full of lactose. Those Lactaid tablets are expensive and kind of annoying to take all the time. I had to take four of them after eating macaroni and cheese because those same symptoms started. The initial two tablets weren’t enough, but luckily two more took care of it before anything bad happened. I’ll think twice before eating mac and cheese again. I’m not even going to dare try ice cream even with the Lactaid. Not worth risking the resulting misery.
Ok, if you survived digestive system and allergy talk here are pictures from yesterday. We had the girls’ best friends over to play. They live in the mountains three hours from here, so only get to see them every few months.
Little Miss is still kind of grumpy after being sick.
“PUT THE CAMERA DOWN MOMMA!”
Watching a movie together…
And a quick series of Ada and Eli jumping on the bed together!