My mind is so busy tonight. Keandre's allergy testing earlier today showed that he has become allergic to fifteen new foods in the last ten months. (I didn't even know that was possible!)
Here are the foods Keandre is allergic to:
dairy/milk, chicken, salmon, eggs, almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, oats, buckwheat, lima beans, celery, squash, cabbage, coconut, oranges, pears, cantaloupe, watermelon, cinnamon
We started to tell Keandre about it at dinner tonight. Lucas and Destany were concerned and sad for Keandre. Thankfully, that was easily remedied by the approach I took. I give God the credit for helping me think on my feet!!!
Here is how it went....
Mom: "Sorry, honey....the test said no to chicken."I'll admit....this news is a little overwhelming. I teared up a few times during dinner tonight, thinking of how our sweetie will miss eating some of his favorite foods. I am also a little concerned about making sure he has a balanced diet! But it was a sweet time, eating out together to celebrate Keandre's bravery. I only slipped out once, taking Brooklyn in the Ergo to walk around and get some fresh air and think and pray. Then I was back, ready to jump in again.
Destany: "Oh, no!"
Mom: "But....YES to ground beef and turkey!"
Keandre, glowing: "Yeah!"
Mom: "No to pears and watermelon."
siblings: "Oh...." (frowning)
Mom: "But....YES to grapes and apples!"
Keandre, smiling: "Hooray!"
Despite the recent diagnosis and these new food allergies, we have much to be thankful for. Keandre is growing well, and is the perfect weight for his age and size. He is physically able to eat, and just as important, he loves to eat. (Many kids with EGID refuse to eat, due to the pain, and have to be taught how to eat once they are stable.) If we stay on this path, we will avoid a feeding tube with elemental/hypoallergenic formula, and we can continue to feed him healthy, organic foods that will hopefully help his body heal.
Hope is good. We are determined to make the most of this opportunity to learn, grow, and help Keandre thrive. And of course we will continue to pray for healing, too.
And from now on.....we are going to have fun with this! We plan to celebrate his list of foods, and help him eat a wide variety of foods. I will be making a word document listing all the foods he CAN eat, plus pictures, so he can help me plan meals that are safe for him. We're also planning to make him a couple goofy t-shirts. (More on that later!)
So.....are you wondering how you can help us?
(I know....I'm reading your thoughts! :)
In order to fully eliminate these 19 foods, I need to make an extensive list of the foods Keandre CAN eat.
You can help by filling up the comments with all your ideas on simple, healthy foods that are NOT on the list above. Fruits, veggies, meat, grains, etc. It's all fair game! I'd love your ideas and encouragement. Keandre will love it, too. :)
ps - Just in case you are wondering....I was so tired last night I miscounted. 15 new foods, so I had to change the title!