Posted 9/18/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -7)
Joe M: Thanks for that tip. I will definitely watch out for MSG and not allow my daughter to eat it. I hear ya on the KFC end of things (no pun intended )... my daughter LOVES those stinkin drumsticks. Not that we eat there often, maybe 4 times a year or so, but I do realize that this is NOT optimal nutrition for her. Why does that original recipe chicken coating have to taste so good to her? LOL. I also fear she will have to give up her beloved Happy Meals forever. We don't allow them nearly as much as she would like, maybe once a month, (not at all lately since the D is back) but she used to get them MUCH more often when out with Dad, out with Grammy, after soccer practice, etc. etc. We have discussed it with her at length, she's bummed but willing to give up the fried garbage. Fried foods seem to be her worst trigger, along with anything that has tomato sauce (pizza, pasta).
Crohn's Kid: I really appreciate your positive outlook, and I too share your approach. I remind myself often, things could be worse. That said, I ALSO have a younger child, my son, with full blown severe autism. He is beautiful, funny, smiley, but completely nonverbal and at age 7 can't read or write and shows no interest in ever learning. When I learned my daughter has Crohn's, my first thought was WHY ME? Then I looked around. Their are kids who are dying of cancer, there are kids in wheelchairs, kids who can see, can't breathe without tubes, etc. etc. etc. I guess my "cross" is one of the heavier ones... I wish to God I knew why. But honestly, I love my kids, wouldn't trade either of them and am thankful for all the love (and hugs) they bring to my life.
I just received a call from my daughter's pediatric GI Doc. According to her latest bloodwork, her Crohn's is active as inflammation was indicated. Stool tests are pending. Through this, my daughter gets up each morning with a smile, picks the "coolest" outfit she can for school, shares hugs and kisses, and goes to school with a smile on her face and hugs from her friends who are happy to see her. Crohn's SUX for sure. But my kids don't and we will forge on.
I love that tons of research is being done. I hear this over and over. I also hear that more and more kids are being diagnosed with Crohn's nowadays, even compared to say 25 years ago. The same goes for autism. Dr. Mercola recently put out information suggesting that soon every 1 in 38 boys will have autism. What's going on? I believe it's toxins of some sort: foods, bacteria, virus, chemicals, vaccination, maybe... not sure. I didn't know any children who had Crohn's when I was a girl, I didn't know any children with autism either. No relatives of mine or my husband's have either. We didn't have this much "crap" in our food. We didn't receive this many vaccinations. I'm sure I'm opening up a can of worms here, but Something's Up.