If you’d like to read Arthur’s full story from the beginning read here.
I have really loved hearing from all of you over the last few months. Sometimes you find me because of Arthur’s story. You’re searching for stories of hope for your own family or little ones. You’re looking for success stories that can give you some focus, clarity & most of all reassurance that what you’re doing will work. I’m thrilled to be able to update you on Arthur’s progress as we quickly approach almost a year of him following the GAPS diet.
After several months following the GAPS diet we finally had Arthur on such a controlled diet that we instantly knew if he ate anything that didn’t agree with him. To this point, we know that Arthur is only allergic to eggplant & does not have any other confirmed allergies. He does however, seem to have several intolerances or sensitivities. We have discovered these only through food testing, not from any tests at a doctor’s office. Nuts (even coconut), for example, really do a number on him. This shows up both in eczema & digestive distress. He is also very sensitive to certain foods like tomatoes, chili powder, cocoa powder & at times has shown reactions (very small) to apples & bananas. All of this has lead us to believe he has a phenol/salicylate sensitivity. You can read more about phenols/salicylates in the previous link or here & here & here & here & here!
We finally got Arthur to a point where I felt we needed to seek outside help from a doctor. You see, I’m a do-er. I’m very proactive & not very patient. Do you see God teaching me something in this? I guess, like many of you, I was hoping a few months on this diet & we’d be good. He’d be healed. We could carry on & not have to make such special allowances for him. I don’t like to wait.
But this isn’t the case. I believe we’re really just scratching the surface of how complex Arthur is & while we are certainly on a path to healing, I feel very confident we are headed in the right direction.
With the help of a friend, I was able to find a local natural doctor & nutritionist. My husband & I attended their monthly new patient meeting so we could fully decide if it was something we wanted to pursue. This expense, along with all of Arthur’s supplements, are all being paid for out of pocket. After the meeting we both felt ready to move forward with the doctor & set up our first appointment.
After meeting with the doctor/nutritionist we were given an arm load of supplements that will hopefully speed up his recovery. The gist of the supplements is to treat him for yeast & potential parasite. The nutritionist really didn’t have much to offer us as she felt we were following the diet really well but added she thought we could probably start giving him some GAPS illegal vegetables like potatoes or sweet potatoes. We have yet to do that. She also recommend we limit his fruit back down to only 2 pieces a day. Some days that happens. The doctor did at one point as me how I knew so much; I almost think she was asking if I had some sort of background in this. I said obviously, I was just a mother who was set on healing her child.
For now, this is the path that we are following. I’m toying with the idea of giving Arthur some new GAPS illegal, starchy veg but also trying to decide what I want to do in terms of the phenol/salicylate problem. Currently, we still give him things like apples, occasional small bits of banana & tomato/chili powder based dishes. I suppose we do this because compared to his reactions from other foods, the way he reacts to these is small & goes away fairly quickly. Also, because sometimes I just feel so frustrated by his lack of choices.
I know that eliminating his ‘problem’ foods will help his recovery but right now I’m just trying to survive & keep the kid fed. He’s into full toddler mode & has opinions about everything. I feel like we’ve restricted him so much that the thought of restricting him even further is very daunting. I’m hoping I can find strength to eliminate those handful of problems foods (tomatoes, chili powder, apples, etc) & replace them with things he will find acceptable. Because like I said, he’s got all these opinions now.
Read Arthur’s full story here.