Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Patrick and Yesterday's Surprise Trip to the Doctor's Office

While I'm mostly devoting my little journal blog to my daily rambling on Patrick's allergies, I thought I'd give you guys an update after yesterdays scare.  I've pretty much cut back my diet to meat, fruit and veggies.  Each time I try to add anything else in, hives erupt and we have tummy problems and a fussy screaming baby.

While there's no way I could ever do this diet to lose weight, I've managed to stick to it 100% by picturing Patrick's little swollen face and thinking of what will happen if I cheat.  It's a major deterrent.

It's also kind of strange because for the first time in years I find myself struggling to get enough calories (I'm finally getting the hang of it).  My daily goal is 2000 calories, and since this started all of five days ago I've lost three inches around my waist (things you notice when you know your measurements from sewing).  Which is one of the things that spurred on yesterdays gone wrong experiment of coconut oil, because I'm on the lookout for new ways to add fat to my diet (I've eaten a pack of bacon every single day...).

I put a tablespoon of coconut oil in hot water and added an herbal tea (since plain tea has been okay) and drank it.  12 grams of fat!  I rejoiced.  And it tasted good!

An hour later I nursed Patrick and his little face broke out in terrible hives.  His little cheeks looked puffy.  He screamed for half an hour (and Patrick pretty much sleeps and wakes up and babbles and smiles all the time... he's a pretty laid back little guy).  Then he fell asleep and his breathing sounded like mine during an asthma attack.

I called the doctor and Paul rushed home from class.  We took the car and arrived about four hours after Patrick had started to get sick.  He was looking better (and his breathing was normal)... although still not quite like himself:

The way things work at our doctor's office is the med student comes in first and goes over everything and then he briefs the doctor on what's going on and what we should do (it's actually really interesting).

The word "unusual" was used by the doctor about a dozen times over the course of the appointment.  It's unusual to see this so young.  It's unusual how many foods seem to be triggering it right now.  It's unusual for a baby to have hives.

He agreed that I should stay on the strict diet and said that if this continues they are going to want to send me to a nutritionist. And they wrote Patrick a referral for a allergist (I believe the allergist will probably be in the office.. because they have pretty much every type of doctor in the office... even an oncologist).  So now I'm waiting for a phone call to make the next appointment, where they said they'll probably do the skin prick test on his little back.

So that's the latest.

On a happier note, Patrick pushed himself up on his elbows and knees yesterday.  He was shocked.  He spent the next fifteen minutes trying to do it over again, but couldn't figure out how.  He's also very into stuffed animals at the moment:

This guy plays music!  He's the best!

Best Friends!

Happy Baby!
Now to wait for results and pray that his allergies aren't as extensive as they seem and that it's just his little tummy being sad from all the antibiotics I was on (he is on probiotics now).

If you've made it this far thanks for listening to my ramblings.  Hopefully I'll have good Patrick news soon!


  1. One thing about the tea - All non-organic teas have a genetically modified soy lecithin in them to preserve. Soy and corn are major allergens since we can't tolerate the GMO's. I would hate to think coconut oil is something you can't enjoy. Maybe check that again?

    I'm so sorry you are going through all this. My friend found out her daughter is severely allergic to tomatoes.

    Lastly - Please check out Robyn O'Brienhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Robyn-OBrien/93865123205?fref=ts
    She had a very similar experience with her daughter!

  2. Poor Patrick (and mama)! I am so sorry...

    On the unusual note, I guess I'm in an odd spot here but it doesn't seem like it to me because I'm seeing a lot of that happening. I have at least 5 friends who have dealt with it this young and with that many things. Therés a whole section in our local group for those of us dealing with food allergies and I can't even tell you how many are in there... and a good chunk showed up from the start. Makes me feel incredibly lucky because Kalila's didn't until we intro'd solids and she outgrew most of them.

    As for calories I'm honestly afraid to suggest anything.. I hope you figure that out fast too.

  3. I am so sorry that you and Patrick are having such troubles. It is so scary when something is bothering your child and you can't figure out what it is.

    Prayers being said.


  4. Allergies are weird things – and don’t always follow the “common” trends. My mom and brother were allergic to coconut, mushrooms, artichokes, and guar gum (a common legume-based emulsifier found in many packaged juices, ice cream, soups, and sauces). I have a cousin who cannot eat any raw fruits or vegetables at all, but is fine with the same items if they are cooked (she gets a swollen tongue and throat).

    Hopefully with time you will be able to broaden your diet, and won’t loose too much weight before that happens! Your calorie count to maintain could actually be higher than 2000 - though I know this is not probably something you want to hear. I am small (110 lbs non-pregnant), but am active and have a high metabolism, so find that I need about 2000 calories just to maintain my weight when not pregnant or nursing. When I am nursing, I need closer to 2750-3000 in order to not keep up steady weight loss (I know they say that the average nursing baby needs 500 calories per day, but mine were always much bigger eaters than that – they aren’t fat, but are tall, and I think have inherited my metabolism as well).

    Two recipe suggestions that may fit within your dietary restrictions (these were actually staples in my family not because of allergies, but because they are tasty and economical):

    Crock Pot Chicken:
    Place whole chicken in crock pot with garlic cloves and onion slices for flavor (pepper if desired). Cook 3-4 hours on high (8-9 on low). Chicken will fall off the bones, and be extremely moist. Serve over rice. You can make a gravy from about 1/4 of the juices that come out of the chicken mixed with water and thickened with corn starch. The rest of the juices make a tasty base for chicken soup – add water, cook vegis of choice in the stock (carrots, broccoli, etc.), and use rice or barley instead of noodles. You can do this with turkey as well if your slow cooker is large enough.

    Americanized Fried Rice

    Saute vegis of choice in olive oil until tender (can include carrots, broccoli, sweet potato or squash slices, mushrooms, onions, garlic, peppers, spinach leaves, etc.). Add pre-cooked rice and sauté until rice starts to brown. Add pre-browned ground beef or cooked and shredded bacon.

  5. I am so glad you are going to be seeing an allergist. I hope you get to the bottom of it soon! How scary!

  6. I am so sorry that you are on a exclusion diet. That sucks. Best wishes as to finding foods work.


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