Archives for: November 2004, 14
I just got my son's test results from Enterolab, and he is off the chart on all counts. All the numbers are at least double the normal maximum, the antigliadin IgA is 185, with normal only going up to 10 !!!!!!!! The gene he has for it is HLA-DQ3, subtype 8 (HLA-DQ8), no doubt from me.
I'm so glad he is feeling better after going gluten free. No more tantrums every 10 minutes, no more unexplained vomiting or strange pimples, and his diapers are slowly becoming more normal. His distended tummy got flat again and is now developing the more normal baby fat softness with tiny little love handles. I anticipate his anemia is improving. His face and skin around his eyes look better. He defend himself better and plays more around other kids. He's speaking a lot more, with sentences and tons of new words. He wasn't at all behind mentally, but is only in the 5th percentile on height and weight.
Without the BTD I never would have questioned what I was eating or gotten my own diagnosis of celiac disease, and it may have been a few more years before we got the baby tested. Some children (and adults) end up in the hospital undergoing all kinds of tests and procedures before getting a diagnosis. I'm very thankful to know, and to be aware that not all food acts just as food...some is medicine, some is poison.
Now...how do I keep myself away from his treats? I made him 28 millet/sweet rice waffles this morning, 25 of them are in the fridge and freezer now. He ate one...it's not hard to guess where the other two went! It's harder when I know the treats won't make me terribly sick. It will be a miracle if I can maintain my weight through the holidays. I'll probably buy a treadmill tomorrow though, that will help.