Saturday, December 27, 2008

8 ounces!!

Update at bottom!

Well, I took Eli to be weighed yesterday and he had gained 8 ounces in 9 days!! I was sooo excited that he gained weight. This obviously means that his reflux was causing his weight to drop. My poor little guy just couldn't keep enough calories down! He's taking Zantac right now and it seemed to be working up until yesterday when he started spitting up A LOT again. At his last feeding he soaked me twice immediately after feeding him. So, I've got to call Monday and get them to adjust his dosage. She told me yesterday morning that he was taking the minimum dosage for his weight. I'm also going to ask about prevacid because those that I have talked to say that it works better than Zantac and the dosage doesn't need to be adjusted as often. I'm new to all of this though! We were having some difficulty with getting insurance for the kids but hopefully we have that all figured out now. That will be a big help.

Eli still seems to be having 'other' issues. I won't go into detail considering the subject matter, but he seems to be having allergy issues. I've been told by our pediatrician that it wasn't of any concern but when I talked to the NP she wanted me to bring in one of his diapers next week. I was glad that she actually wanted to see it. All that is going on is not normal and I need answers! So, starting as soon as we get to the grocery store I'm going on an elimination diet. I have avoided having to do this but it seems that this may be the only way I figure out what is causing Eli's problems. I didn't really want to have to do this since my parents are buying our groceries. I know it will be an extra expense to buy separate food for me, but I know they understand (and they know it will be cheaper than hypo-allergenic formula!!). I am constantly worried about my little guy and I'm ready to know what is the culprit! I know everyone around me is sick and tired of hearing about all of this but I just can't help but be consumed with it! Here is my diet for the next 2 weeks (or until the symptoms subside):

pears/pear juice
sweet potatoes
yellow squash
olive oil
salt and pepper

Sounds delish! I've already been dairy free but being wheat, corn, soy, egg, and everything else is going to be tough. I'll eat these for at least a week or two and then slowly (every 4 days is suggested) add things in starting with least allergenic. I'll get to eat apples and bananas by mid-January, woo hoo! In all seriousness though, this is about my baby boy and I'll do whatever I need to to fix his tummy (or intestines to be exact)! It's just food. I think my biggest issue will be making sure I eat enough calories to keep up with feeding him! Whatever he may be allergic to may be causing his reflux too, so that may improve when I can pinpoint what it is.

Well, it's Luke's naptime... so time for me to go!

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Jobs are hard to come by these days! And I've had a hard time dealing with things in the last few days... it's just tough right now.

God is sovereign...

Well, I decided that the above diet is CRAZY hard to do. So for now I'm going to just be corn, egg, dairy, and peanut free. I'm going to limit soy and wheat products. I've pretty much been doing that for the past 3 days and Eli's poop has never looked better! :) I'm eating a lot of fruits (no citrus), veggies and rice. My meat is pretty much chicken and turkey. I bought some turkey sausage today because turkey lunch meat is getting old! Please pray with me that these issues are just because Eli is extra sensitive right now. I'm praying that we don't have to deal with a lot of food allergies down the road because I've seen how tough that can be for other families. If we have to do it though, we will!


Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

You must be dropping weight like crazy with that diet! Yay God on the weight gain for Eli....

I'm still praying for you guys and hope that it comforts you to know that people out here are thinking of you.


jengallahar said...

Crystal Joplin! What a small world. We've been calling you on your cell to check on you but I've gotten a pretty good update now on your blog. Glad I found you on here so I can keep up with you. Hope to see you soon and I hope things are going well with the job search!