I have a trio of fun giveaways going on right now:
Family calendar giveaway from BusyBodyBook right here.
JumpStart Get Moving Family Fitness game for the Wii right here.
Spinbrush MyWay! (for girls) battery operated toothbrush right here.
Mister Man is special needs. We’ve known this for a really long time – we’ve been in early intervention since he was 17 months old (and would have been in earlier, but it took that long to go through the bureaucracy). We got the official diagnosis of autism in April.
I know that people with autism frequently have allergies. And I know that their allergies are expressed differently than some others. Rather than being anaphalactic or hives, they tend to be behavioral based – aggression, hyperactivity, stimming, impulsivity, etc. When my mom eats something she’s allergic to, she gets horrible migraines. When Little Miss eats an allergen, she has issues with her lungs, sinuses, GI tract, etc. I suppose this shouldn’t be a surprise to me.
Today, we finally got the results from Mister Man’s allergy tests. I’m still stunned. I’m still freaking out. I’m still struggling to figure out how to do this. To give you a sense:
Foods To Avoid Completely
Cane sugar (any and all forms of it)
Foods To Eat No More Than Once A Week (mild allergens)
Foods We Can Eat (thank goodness!)
Cacao (not cocoa)
Fish Oil (sans salmon)
Dairy? Dairy I’ve learned to avoid thanks to Little Miss. And thankfully, wheat is ok. But beef? And cane sugar? Do you have any idea how many foods have sugar in them?
PB&J is gone for good. Sushi – can’t do the soy sauce. Cheeseburgers? Pfffft. Turkey bacon? It has sugar in it. Bread? Good luck finding a commercial bread without sugar of some sort. My homemade pizza? My s’mores pizza? Smoothies? Gone, gone and gone.
Did I mention we have three birthdays in my family we’re celebrating in four days starting Saturday? And that we also have a classmate’s birthday party this weekend? Apparently I’m going to add sugar free baking to my repetoire awfully quickly.
And now I’m freaking out about all the things we didn’t test. The salt and parsley I put in our quinoa tonight? Oops. The basil and oregano I use all the time for seasoning? Pears? Cherries? Plums? The list goes on and on.
So if you see me rocking in a corner over the next few weeks, you’ll understand why. My brain exploded today, and I’m still looking for the pieces.