Well, I thought things were looking up. Ruby has responded amazingly well to the new chiropractor’s treatments. She has been maintaining her alignments and has been released to be seen on a “as needed” basis now. I had begun finger feeding her more frequently. She is very interested in the breast. She will let me squirt milk in her mouth and come back asking for more. I even contacted Leanna Weist, a CLC who is friends with Jennfier Tow, to see if we could get her to nurse again. We are supposed to get together sometime next week.
Then came Ruby’s 15 month check up…
…. And it didn’t go so well. (Surprise, surprise!)
She only gained 13 ounces in the last 2 months. So they are sending us to GI and there’s absolutely no getting out of it. What’s worse than that, is she is behind in several milestones. She isn’t pointing at anything, ever. She only says about 5 words. Can’t identify any body parts, and I’ve been trying to work with her on this for a while too. Doesn’t follow or seem to understand simple commands (expect come here, she seems to get that one). She doesn’t do any pretend play, like talking on the phone or playing with a baby doll.
The pediatrican recommended going to Early Steps. It’s a free program here in Florida for children who are behind. They offer a variety of therapies. That part isn’t so bad. The scary part is that they want me to go ahead and get her started on autism testing.
If she does have autism, I don’t think it’s severe. She smiles a lot and maintains eye contact. But there are definitely warning signs that concern me. There is a long waiting list to get in so that’s why they want me to go ahead and start the process. Still…. it’s scary.
After talking to a friend who is nothing shy of an expert on food allergies, I think that is still the root of our problem. My friend’s husband is allergic to corn (as is Ruby). She has done a tremendous amount of research and explained to me that we haven’t eliminated corn fully.
Apparantly the goat milk we were getting from Whole Foods, the goats are fed corn. So that’s a good start. But it just goes down from there.
Corn is in everything. And when I say everything, I mean, EV-ER-Y-THING! The cows and chickens at the farm are fed it. So the meat and eggs at the store contain it. Vegetables like tomatos and apples are coated with a protective wax to prevent bruising during transportation- yup, corn! Bananas are picked while green and gassed with corn to ripen them. Canned foods, juices, trailmixes, etc have asorbic acid or cirtic acid in them to work as a preservative. You’ll never guess! Oh, wow… you guessed it… it’s a derivative from corn. The “So Delicous” brand of coconut milk I drink, the products that are shipped to them for them to make the milk are derivatives of corn. Nothing is safe!
Thankfully, my allergy-expert friend, Tracy, is part of a co-op. All our meat and vegetables have to come from there. Even still, organic grocery items contain preservatives and derivatives of corn.
My sweet mother-in-law decided to fly in next week to help me out. She knows how to do canning. So while she is here are plan to make some tomato sauce, jellies, etc and can them.
I’ve contacted Jennifer Tow. We will be doing a consult with her on what else we need to do to heal myself, Ruby, and the rest of the family. I’m looking forward to what she will say.
Even though things were pretty scary at first, God is putting the pieces together for us. At the end of all this, we’ll come out better than if it had never happened. “All things work together for good to them that love God.” Romans 8:28. In the meantime, please pray for our family as we deal with some more very uncomfortable lifestyle changes.