We finally decided to get a blood test done for Little Artist, after 4+ months of ‘guessing.’

First, a recap:
Five weeks in saw incredible turnaround in her digestion, elimination, attitude, behavior, etc. Shortly thereafter I became less diligent at giving her digestive enzymes with each meal, and continued to have spurts of forgetfulness around the holidays and such. She lost some ground, however it was still vast improvement over her pre-diet conditions. The doctor advised me that he was using a different lab* for the same IgG antigen-whatever test, which was about half the price of the former lab (the former lab offers lots of ‘support’, the new lab just the results).

Early February we had an appointment and I requested the test. He also ordered a full gluten-panel to check for celiac disease.  She didn’t enjoy having her blood drawn, but recovered from it quickly.  I’m not sure, however, if I’ve even yet recovered from taking four kids into a blood-draw lab and all that entails. πŸ™‚

The good news:
She tested very low on the lab’s gluten-test. She does NOT have celiac disease.
All of her food sensitivities are minor ones: +1s only. πŸ™‚
Yeast and nuts are not reactive.

The bad news:
Gluten DID score as one of the sensitivities, as did rice (!), buckwheat, casein (a milk protein), coconut (ack!), tuna and other fish we never eat, green peppers, broccoli (she is even sad at that), cherries, and a few others.

I was wondering about the coconut; we give (gave) her coconut oil with nearly every meal in place of butter, and rice was obviously a common standby. I have made ghee for her today. I think. I’m SO GLAD that eggs are ok, and corn. I’m VERY SURPRISED that yeast is fine. She is thrilled with the prospect of pickles. πŸ™‚

The doctor wants to see in in another month (sigh) after total and complete annihilation avoidance of the reactive foods, and I’m debating on canceling the appointment, what with the cost of everything going up, including his follow-up office visits.  I’ve found a website that sells the same fancy brand** of enzymes and other supplements the doc does, at lower prices, so I plan to switch and purchase her enzymes that way.  Hubby’s too. It seems like enzymes are just a necessary part of her world, and I wonder at that. I sure wish decent ones weren’t so expensive. :]

I’m glad to have concrete information, and I kindof wish we had gone this route from the beginning. Then again, she may have had more or more severe sensitivities before we eliminated so much from her diet, and maybe these reactive foods are the best-case scenario we can work with from here on out.

*The lab was Alletess in Massachusetts.
**Klaire products are super-mega-guaranteed to be free of common allergens and contaminants. Early efforts at purchasing them online were halted due to “must have a doctor’s order” and I wasn’t bold enough to ask for that order so I could undercut our doc. πŸ™‚

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