I also talked to our ENT's nurse this afternoon. After doing a lot of research on corn allergies, I discovered there are several different types hypersensitivity reactions and I need to know which type of reaction Allie had. Also, now that I have research this whole corn allergy in depth and discovered corn is in a TON of food, I need to confirm with Dr. Edmonson that Allie cannot have any corn AT ALL. I know he told me on Wednesday that we had to remove all corn and corn products out of her diet, however I guess I just need to hear it one more time. Unfortunately, the nurse was not able to answer any of my questions and she said that Dr. Edmonson would call me hopefully tomorrow.
Removing corn from Allie's diet is harder than I originally thought. Seriously corn is in almost everything besides fresh fruits, vegetables and meat. Even chicken could be considered to have corn in it since chickens eat a corn feed a lot of times. Our family of 4 took a trip to the health food stores here in Wausau and we got a couple snacky items for Allie. The health food stores didn't have a ton of stuff but it's a place to start. Seeing our family in a health food store was quite a site - as many of you know, I was brought up eating dessert first so healthy hasn't always been my style :-) We are being as careful as possible not to give Allie anything with corn in it but she doesn't understand yet that it will make her feel sick. Just today she had a melt down because I wouldn't let her have her gummy bears - it's one of her favorites. I anticipate a lot of meltdowns until she is old enough to understand her corn allergy. So now, we just plug along and try and keep Allie corn free. We are trying to decide what to do with the rest of us....go corn free or not? It's not really fair to Allie if I continue to cook with corn products because then she cannot eat them, however it's not fair to Chloe if we take corn away from her. It's a tough decision and we haven't made any final decisions quite yet. We are still treading water and trying to figure it all out. I'm not convinced this severe allergy is Allie's underlying medical issue but who knows. I guess time will tell but even then, I'm not sure if we will actually know. Allie has started vomiting again, even on her new Neocate formula. The vomiting isn't severe, it's only once a day but it's still not right. I'm completely convinced that Allie's little tummy just cannot handle much food at a fast rate. She can hardly handle 4 oz per bolus feed even if it's plain water. Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I strongly believe Allie's eating issue has something to do with her stomach volume sensitivity / volume intolerance (and her corn allergy probably plays a roll in her eating also)
We had a wonderful Christmas and the girls of course got spoiled by Santa and everyone else. I am happy the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over and we can get back into routine and back focusing on Allie. I also need to start focusing on Chloe and doing things alone with her. I feel that since so much attention has been on Allie lately, Chloe could use a little extra attention. One of my biggest fears is that Chloe will feel left out because so much attention is on Allie - Allie needing a feeding, Allie throwing a fit because she's fighting her feeding, Allie throwing up, Allie up all night, Allie going to the doctor, Allie going for another test and the list goes on and on.
Here are just a couple pictures from Christmas here in Wausau......
|The girls with their new pajama's on Christmas Eve|
|Got cookies ready for Santa - Allie picked out the chocolate chip because she can no longer eat them, what a kid!|
|Allie playing with her new puzzle|
|Chloe loving her new Hello Kitty blanket|
|Me and the girls - Chloe chatting on the phone and me and Allie laughing at something|
|Allie Rae with her special pancakes made by Uncle Mike|
|Breakfast on Sunday - typical not to see Allie at the table eating. We no longer try to make her eat (if she is refusing) so in turn, she is almost never at the table for long.|
|Grandpa Ray giving Allie a bolus feed for the first time ever. It was nice for me because it gave me a little break - thanks dad!|
|Our super silly girls|