We took my daughter to a specialist on Monday. He ordered four tests, but in the meantime, she is now gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, and corn-free. She is also supposed to be free of artificial ingredients, preservatives, and any salicylate-containing items, including berries, oranges, and tomato products, but I just can't do that part yet.
Part of me wishes that we could pack up and live in a remote mountain cabin for a few weeks to make this switchover (while someone else clears out and then restocks the pantry, fridge, and freezer before we get home), but it's not practical. (Certainly not with the Science Fair coming up next week!!)
However, we have gotten halfway through our Thanksgiving week without a setback -- and only two "I hate this!" episodes -- so there's a lot to be thankful for! I'm thankful for every GFCF/SFCF meal and snack consumed. I'm thankful for a credit card not yet maxed out so that I can purchase these oh-so-expensive foods. I'm thankful for the internet that lets me get started right away. I'm thankful for a smart phone that lets me look up questionable ingredients while reading labels in the grocery store aisles. I'm thankful for family and friends who share there knowledge and encouragement.
Here is tonight's dinner:
Rice macaroni with non-dairy cheese, salad greens with salsa, veggie chips, and GFCF/SFCF pizza, followed by a GFCF/SFCF "ice cream sandwich." She ate it all! So did I.
I would be so grateful for prayers, prayers that she would continue with this diet without incident, prayers that the tests will be useful, prayers that we find interventions that work, prayers for our family to function again.