Today is day 3 of Jayces gluten free diet. I am keeping a journal of how each day goes so that I can truly see how this is affecting him. Not to mention that if we have to see a specialist the first thing they will say is.... "Well what I want you to do is take 10 days or so and do a food journal.... blah blah blah blah blah".... so I am just getting a head start.
The first day was technically not "gluten free". I didn't know about the change in diet until after his breakfast. The first day was also tough because the child was diving for bits of food he couldn't have (what can I say the boy loves Cheerios and goldfish, sigh).
The second day was better. We took a trip to Bi Lo and took advantage of the very small gluten free section. We have a few options now and it is making it easier to feed Jayce. By the end of the day his skin looked different, better.
Today I have changed a bazillion poop diapers. I can tell his little body is detoxing. His skin looks even better. He seems to be enjoying the foods we have gotten. Luckily he loves avocados, bananas, kiwi, strawberries and a few other fruits. Going fresh is the easiest way to avoid gluten.
Gluten free = EXPENSIVE! I just got our grocery budget under control, and this is going to really throw it into a tailspin. That's okay, this is one of those adjustments that isn't due to wants.... it is due to needs. This is going to also make my shopping more difficult. I may need to drive about an hour away once a month or so to stock up on a few harder to find things.
I say this, but there is a chance that after the next 10 days we find out this is not the answer. Can I just say though, I doubt that. Reading up on gluten intolerance really nails him on the head. He has all the symptoms and honestly I hate that we didn't find this out sooner. Moving on...
I have been blown away with God over the past 3 days. Completely overwhelmed and blown slap away. I have had 2 complete strangers send me an abundance of information and tips on gluten free living. These people don't know me, they don't know Jayce.... and yet they spent there precious time compiling tips and tricks and websites to help me. God is giving me so many answers through some really wonderful people. I wish that I could show them how grateful I am yet all I can do is send them a simple thank you. It just doesn't seem like enough.
So we are taking this one day at a time. Even though this diagnosis is not 100% for sure yet, and it wasn't anything I ever imagined Jayce having, it is nice to have something. It is much better than just being in the dark and hoping for the best.
Jayce has learned to say "cheese" at the camera... we just have to work on him not looking totally terrified while saying it...