Like Mother, Like Son

Posted by Wendy Neal Sunday, April 18, 2010 Bookmark and Share

Wow, it's been three weeks since my last post.  I've just been so busy!  With spring also comes track, baseball, and T-ball season.  Seems like we're always on the go.

So my son has been pestering me for the last few weeks about getting tested for food allergies. I guess he had seen the tremendous transformation I went through after eliminating all my food allergens, and how much better and healthier I felt and looked. I had also mentioned to him in passing that after just a few days my skin had completely cleared up and I no longer have acne. Being a 13-year-old, I think this fact really peaked his interest, because he does seem to have moderate acne and is not happy with the way his skin looks. He had even been researching online and discovered that not only can food allergies cause acne, but that it's also hereditary, and he was just convinced that he was allergic to something.

I had also read online that food allergies can cause a whole host of other problems; in particular it can cause ADD or ADD-like symptoms. My son has never been diagnosed with ADD or suspected of having it by teachers, but over the years I have noticed minor symptoms including constant daydreaming, inability to concentrate, short attention span, etc. And it seems to have gotten worse since he became a teenager. He has probably only watched a handful of movies in his lifetime all the way from start to finish, because he just can't pay attention long enough to understand the plot, so he just quits watching it. And his grades have started to slip a little since he got into junior high, I think because he doesn't pay attention in class so he gets lost. He is extremely intelligent, so I know it's not that.

I wanted to wait a little bit to see how my treatment progressed before I took him to see my doctor and get tested for allergies. But he kept asking me, so finally I flat out asked him, "If I take you to get tested for food allergies, are you prepared for the results?" Meaning would he be willing to give up the food(s) that he may be allergic to. And he said "Oh yeah, definitely." OK, so I called right away and made the appointment.

The Results

Surprise, surprise, my son is allergic to milk and egg whites, just like his mother. He is also allergic to gluten and wheat. I am not allergic to gluten, however my doctor has me following a gluten-free diet, so it looks like we're on the exact same diet, which will definitely make things easier for the cook (a.k.a. me). He's also allergic to garlic, which is troubling because garlic is so healthy for you otherwise, and I love to cook with garlic. I'll have to see what I can come up with as far as that's concerned.

I called his school to let them know he has food allergies, and to see what (if any) school foods he can actually eat for lunch. Turns out after looking at their menu that there is actually very little he can eat. I would have to send extra food with him because he couldn't eat enough of the hot lunch to fill him up, which wouldn't be very cost effective. So now I have to send his lunch with him every day.

He's been on his new diet for about three days now, and I'm not sure if his skin is getting better yet, but something I noticed last night that I'm really hoping I'll see more of: he actually sat down and watched a movie with us in its entirety. AND he completely understood what was going on! I almost didn't want to write about this, because I don't want to jinx it. Maybe this is just a fluke? After three days, is it REALLY possible for him to be able to pay attention to an entire movie? I mean, it was a comedy so it wasn't a really complicated plot or anything. But still, I think this is very encouraging.

After a bit more time passes, I'll post an update. Until then, I'll keep my fingers crossed!

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