Stomach Bug or what??
It was nearing the 3-week mark and our son was still reeling from an apparent stomach virus. A Monday afternoon scare prompted a visit to the local Urgent Care.
A virus was circulating in the area and so it was no surprise when our children became ill. But after weeks of frequent bathroom trips and waves of severe hunger to complete loss of appetite, we began to suspect that it was more than just the aggravating bug. My husband had once faced a near grave condition called Microcytic Anemia. So when our son woke up one afternoon with pale hands and dark circles under his eyes, sheer panic set it. I immediately made a super nutrient rich Green Smoothie full of Spirulina, Chlorella, Spinach, and Berries. I chased him around the house with a cayenne tincture to get his blood pumping and Flintstones vitamins for good measure…it felt like an emergency. His color soon returned and so did his symptoms.
The extremely long visit with the Doctor…
We must have been the fortunate patients that day. The local doctor on-call saw us for an entire 2 minutes. The first minute I explained his symptoms. 30 seconds was then spent diagnosing him with the local circulating virus. The last 30 seconds was my RE-explaining once again that this was going on 3 weeks and that I felt it warranted testing. He agreed and walked out. The nurse returned with lab requests. I won’t even begin to explain my feelings at that point…if you’re a parent you get it.
Two weeks later when I failed to hear anything, I made a wee little visit back to the office to request the results. It was okay, they had forgotten to get them. The receptionist was more than polite. A phone call and a fax later…we learned that he was clear and had no apparent toxin, parasite or anemia…whew! What a relief.
Could it be???
With his persistent symptoms we considered the possibility that like Mike, he too may suffer from a gluten intolerance. We removed gluten from his diet and he experienced immediate relief. However as with anyone who has to make lifestyle changes it wasn’t easy. Pizza, and bread, pasta, and crackers were a bigger part of his diet than we had considered. To think that we were treating his symptoms with soup and crackers makes me shudder.
The decision I had made years ago to stop preparing separate meals for our family and go gluten free for family dinners proved to be the biggest leap in the right direction. He soon realized that it wasn’t so bad, he was already eating almost completely GF. I searched for kid friendly gluten free snacks and tweaked a few meals to make him feel special. Below is his first “Official Gluten Free Lunch.” It’s simple but isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?
I have a peanut allergy so peanut butter rarely enters our home. Sunflower butter has a similar salty taste profile and has become a regular for us. Here is a link to a “homemade version,” made in a Vitamix blender.
He wanted a crunchy version so we just sprinkled sandwich with additional seeds. We paired it with Chocolate Banana Almond Milk and fruit.
The results: One happy little man. One relieved Mom.