I’m fortunate to have so many friends that know about allergies. I never really felt this was a blessing UNTIL after Christmas.
After Christmas a couple of things happened, and since then my poor son has been tormented with itching, severe eczema, more skin rashes and discomfort. It’s just heart breaking to see an 8 month old baby go through this.
After Christmas a friend of mine gave me a really cool recipe for a morning smoothie: WHOLE MILK, cooked broccoli, kale, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, chia seeds & a banana. I drank this concoction for four days straight. It was awesome. While this was happening, the baby broke out in the worst eczema of his life, but it took me days to figure out what was happening. His face started to look like he had been beaten up. I have to warn you, this picture is awful.
His entire body looked like his face, covered with swollen skin. I took dairy out of my diet right away, but then the unthinkable happened. He got some virus and broke out in more rashes. The rashes covered his entire body, they turned his skin red, burned him, and then it peeled. It went through all his baby skin. Every single patch of it except his little private area. Thank God.
And we had to cover his hands with socks because he would scratch and it would bleed and wilt like crazy. We also noticed one morning that his lips turned red after eating some scrambled eggs. Now EGGS were out of my diet as well. Holy shit! In the meantime, I’m at the doctor’s office and they tell me it’s a viral rash and to let it run it’s course. Call them if it gets infected. But I’m back within days because it’s not going away. So we get a referral to an Allergist and I make an appointment, BUT because I broke down and gave him Benedryl they don’t want to see him for at least a week. Okay, no more Benedryl. He’ll have to cry and be itchy. Then just before we go to the Allergist we realize this doctor is NOT COVERED by our insurance plan. Our insurance went up $400 a month and we switched down to a lesser plan. So I had to make an appointment with another Allergist. And I had to wait almost another week. And in the meantime he’s still miserable. But he did strike some cute poses for us.
And then we finally got into the Allergist. She said that it looks like a severe case of eczema. It looks like its passing through my milk and he possibly had another skin infection OR viral infection to boot. His body is just completely tired and drained. It’s been fighting off everything for almost two months now. Okay mom….you can’t eat the following: soy, nuts, dairy, & eggs. He got a blood test, but the results won’t be back till next week. And then from what I hear online, they may not be conclusive.
So here I am. Blessed to be surrounded by so many women who have dealt with allergies, but completely overwhelmed. My other two children are sad because mommy is SO wrapped up in the baby I’m basically ignoring them. I’m not trying to, but when I have to rub the baby down 4 times a day with a special concoction, carry him around all day, and deal with all the “mommy guilt” associated with feeling like you are poisoning your child through your own breast milk…it kinda takes it toll. I’m not getting any Mom of the Year award anytime soon.
And this morning I realized that there is soy protein in my creamer. I missed that. He had another attack of the itchies and crying. Poor baby. But he managed to give me a smile later even though he was so miserable.
Dear God. Please heal my baby. Signed Bookieboo
Update 2.20.13 test results came back positive for the following: The baby is severely allergic to ALMONDS at 37.5. And he’s also allergic to peanuts, cashews, brazil nuts, soy, wheat, eggs, and dairy.