This week has been an emotionally exhausting week and quite honestly, I’m just feeling a little numb right now. My troubles started on Tuesday when Jake had a bit of an allergic reaction to either the hot dog or new sweet potato chips he ate and then yesterday, I trekked an hour across town to get his yearly food allergy test done.
I have been praying with all my heart and soul for his food allergies to be eliminated or for them to lose their severity. I was hopeful that all the work I’ve done with the diet and supplements this past year would heal his system and make his body stop attacking false enemies. Also, for the past 2 1/2 months, behind the blog scenes, Jake has been getting acupressure/acupuncture in an effort to improve them.
The bottom line is this … If ever a child should be healed of food allergies, it is Jake. I have done everything right and I was beyond hopeful. I know there is no cure for this life-threatening cloud that hangs over my head, but he outgrew his egg allergy, and I thought with enough faith and hard work, I could beat this thing.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
In regards to Jake’s existing allergies, nothing changed. His allergy test revealed that he is still off-the-charts allergic to fish (catfish, salmon, codfish, flounder, trout) and the allergist said his allergy is so severe, he will probably never outgrow it. This is bad news because we live in an omega-3 obsessed country right now. He also still has a moderate allergy to peanut, but dropped the almond allergy. The bad news is, he picked up a brazil nut allergy and the allergist said since his tree nut allergy is all over the place, I should avoid all nuts.
Jake added the following anaphylactic (life-threatening) food allergies: shrimp, oyster, tuna, pork, cow’s milk, casein, and pineapple. I’m still trying to process that my child now has 14 items that could kill him. This scares me to death with all the hidden ingredients in food and the products that farmers are feeding animals these days. For example, if a farmer decided to get creative and feed his chickens algae to boost the omega in the meat and I missed the fine print or if it wasn’t labeled at all, Jake would react if he ate the chicken. Yes, I know this tid-bit from personal experience, not because I like to overanalyze every single bite that goes into my child’s mouth.
How will I ever get through this?