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We had to go in to the doctor yesterday. Poor little man has strep. I think my family is just prone to it. He's had his tonsils out and this is the second time this year he's had it. :(

 

BUT...that trip to the doctor has shown us that he has gained 4lbs since the last time we were in to the doctor which is less than a month ago. We've had lots of visits to doctors lately. *sigh*

 

The doctor we saw is wonderful. She's always so helpful. The first words out of her mouth were to ask us how dealing with his Celiac is going. Then she commented on how much taller he's gotten and the fact that after close to a year of unchanged weight....he's finally gaining weight again! :)

 

He's also suddenly eating meat. He's still very picky about what kind of meat but I had probably 5lbs of shredded chicken made and he was the biggest eater of said chicken! This is my child that I swore was going to be a life long vegetarian the way he ate. He's never really eaten meat at all aside from an occasional hot dog or chicken nugget or spaghetti with meat sauce (though that one is iffy) and even those were rare. He even ate tacos with taco meat the other day! He NEVER does that as beef seems to be his strongest dislike. Usually we'd have tacos and his tacos would consist of tortillas, shredded cheese, apple sauce and peas. He's odd with his food combinations. Occasionally I could add some beans.

 

But I think his stomach is finally starting to heal. He hasn't complained about his stomach hurting in weeks and he has been a bottomless pit for most of that time also! I mean, seriously hungry! For breakfast he'll have eggs and sausage (usually 2 eggs) and when he decided he liked the shredded chicken, he decided he had to have that too. So it would be 1 or 2 eggs, sausages and a shredded chicken sandwich! And then he would still be hungry by 10! Goodness! He comes home starving from school because he doesn't have enough time to eat.

 

Anyway...I just wanted to say I'm so relieved. He's starting to catch up to where his siblings were at his age. Guess who's going to be getting new clothes for Christmas? :)

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That's wonderful! Sounds like you are doing a great job.  :D

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That's Great !!  Your both are doing great.  I can't wait to hear about his next checkup.  :D

 

Colleen

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I bet he didn't like meat before because it made him feel bad. When our guts are a mess, heavy foods like meat don't sit well. Now he is making up for lost time (and nutrients). Congratulations!

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Thanks everyone! :) I don't think I've ever been so happy going to see the doctor about strep! ;)

 

Then today happened. *sigh* It's his brother's 16th birthday. Grandma got a Dairy Queen ice cream cake....it even said gluten free, had the sticker on it all that fun stuff. But people are human. I let the little guy eat a whole piece of that cake. Then my husband came walking into the living room with the lid to said cake. He's says..."Ummm...look at the ingredients" Crap. DIRECTLY next to the sticker it says the cake contains soy, milk and WHEAT! I'm so angry. I do believe I am going to be calling and complaining tomorrow. Unbelievable. Also...kicking myself in the rear for not looking more closely at it. I've been reading and rereading everything and educating my in laws (who have been really good with this!) and then something like this gets me. He was so excited to get to eat some of that cake. Nothing like a double whammy now...strep and glutening.

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aww - poor guy :(  but he has a little of that extra weight to help him and if his guts are healing, it might help him fight off the infection.  plus, look to the future:  he probably won't catch every little virus that goes around, because his immune system will be working correctly to fight germs instead of gluten.  don't beat yourself up too much, mama!  it's great news that he is growing and gaining weight  :)  keep up the good work!

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Phew! I messaged my local DQ this morning. Apparently they use all the same generic labels but I guess they are supposed to say "if it contains the cookie crunch layer" which this cake did not.

 

The girl that got back to me was really very concerned that we had gotten a cake that was labeled wrong but after really looking at the cake again and her explanation of their labeling, I am no longer worried that it was labeled wrong. There was no cookie crumble layer in the cake that we got. I will still keep an eye on him but I think he'll be ok. He was complaining his stomach hurt last night but I think it's more to do with the strep and medication (yes I checked that too!) and just with the fact that he doesn't eat that kind of stuff often and it's rich and full of junk.

 

We shall see how he is feeling when he gets home from school today.

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