Sunday, April 17, 2011

Update on Allie's corn trial

Today is the 5th day that we have allowed Allie to eat corn products. As you know, Allie doesn't consume a lot of food however there is no doubt that her oral intake has increased the last couple of days.  I'm assuming it's because she is aloud to eat some of the foods she enjoyed before her corn allergy diagnosis.  Her two new favorite foods are:

1) Gogurts - which the 3rd ingredient is modified corn starch
2) Snack Pack chocolate pudding - 3rd, 4th & 5th ingredients: sugar, modified corn starch & vegetable oil

So, there is no doubt that these two foods are corny.  Allie has been eating 3 Gogurts a day - she is loving them.  Allie has always enjoyed yogurt but since her corn allergy, she was only allowed the full fat Dannon vanilla kind so this variety of Gogurts is great for her.  In addition to these foods, Allie is enjoying cinnamon apple sauce, gluten free animal crackers, french fries and blue moon ice cream.  Of course, she is also enjoying the many fruits and vegetables that are corn free. 

You are probably wondering if we have seen any type of reaction yet to the corn.  The answer is NO.  So far there has been "0" signs of a reaction to the corn.  I am watching her very closely and her behavior is staying steady (sweet yet full of sass), she is handling all of her feeds great, and her skin is still perfect. 

Of course just because we haven't seen a reaction yet doesn't mean she isn't allergic to corn.  We have to give it some time in case she isn't eating enough to cause a reaction yet.  We'll give it a bit more time and see what happens.   But so far, it's going great and Allie is not having any type of reaction at all.

Tomorrow is a big day for Allie because she will be having her hydrogen breath test.  She is on a strict diet for this afternoon which consists of nothing she likes.  Her breath test is scheduled for 8:30 am on Monday.  The test can last anywhere from 1 - 5 hours.  I'm thinking this isn't going to be fun.  The test is not invasive, however any test that lasts longer than a half hour is hard on the little one's.  We haven't been through this before so I'm not exactly sure what to expect.  Allie is getting this test done to check for a bacterial intestinal overgrowth.  This goes along with her breath issue always smelling like poo.  I do have to say that her breath has been better lately but it does still smell every once in a while.  I'm hoping this test provides us some answers but I'm not getting my hopes up.  Seems like with every test that is done, we either get no answers or just more questions.  Please keep Allie in your prayers tomorrow as she endures another long test.

Here are a couple more pictures from Florida.....

Allie on her new bike from Grandpa Ray & Grandma Mary

Chloe on her new bike from Grandpa Ray & Grandma Mary - lucky girls!

Allie playing in the water

Let's just say Allie's VitaMix got a lot of use that week - and it wasn't only for Allie's blends - lol

Chloe relaxing in the pool

Allie loved the water - could hardly get her out of it :)

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