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Archive for July, 2009

Gluten-free Summer Recipes

Friday, July 24th, 2009

During the summer, gluten-free individuals sometimes feel left out.  There is no reason for this.  Check out my gluten-free Crusty Onion Buns with hamburgers (or turkey burgers).  I have included a summer meal easy to fix and tasty. Everything is available in my recipe section.  Enjoy!

49 Percent Oxygen- 14 Days in ICU; The Journey of an Allergy Child (Part 3)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

After testing Adam, our family became a wheat-free family.  I was not about to make one meal for my husband, myself and another for the boys.  I became very creative with the meals.  Thanksgiving was an event.  I made wild rice stuffing and pumpkin muffins using soy and rice flours.  Constantly the boys helped me with some new recipes.  Our kitchen became a testing center with the boys as my tasters.  There were, however, times when the boys felt left out.  That was usually when they were at friends houses.  Sometimes they would cheat and eat wheat.  I would figure it out 3 days later when the reactions started.  Something else happened during that  time that we did not think was related; now we know better.  My husband had asthma all his life.  While we were eating the wheat-free meals, his asthma disappeared.  We figured he just grew out of it at “30 something”.

About the time Adam was three, he stopped using his Sippy cup.  He wanted to drink like a big boy.  The problem came up that he did not like the taste of soy milk without something plastic between him and the soy milk.  Our doctor decided it was time to put Adam on cow’s milk.  I wasn’t thrilled with the idea, but I went along.  The first week after we initiated cow’s milk Adam got congested.  The second week he had a nasty cold.  The third week, he got an ear ache, and two days later he was in the hospital with pneumonia.  Yes, it happened that fast!  The doctor gave him Amoxicillin for the ear ache and continued with the same medication in the hospital.  When we tried to give Adam the medication at home, this usually mild manner child, fought us every time.  The same thing happened in the hospital.  The nurse in charge of him told me it wasn’t critical if he aspirated his meds (I thought to myself, I don’t think so).  My husband and I did not leave Adam alone with her except for the one time I needed to get Garrett to school.  When I got back five doctors were around Adam.  Apparently, this nurse had overdosed Adam.  She was reprimanded, put on suspension, and the hospital apologized.  I decided that something was still wrong.  Adam was reacting to the Amoxicillin.  I researched the journals at the hospital library and discovered that Adam should be on Erythomycin instead of Amoxicillin for pneumonia, especially if there are allergies involved.  The doctors agreed and in a fews days Adam was able to come home.  Exactly seven days after he started Amoxicillin Adam developed a rash on his entire body.  Adam wasn’t fighting us with the Amoxicillin medication he was having an allergic reaction to it in the form of bronchial spasms.

Obviously, Adam was never given dairy products after this incident.  I found in my research that most children cannot handle cow’s milk at an early age.  They may develop a histamine reaction to the proteins in the cow’s milk.  This reaction may cause congestion in the respiratory system.  The congestion will go to the weakest or underdeveloped part of the body.  The ears do not fully develop until a child is 8 years old. The interaction of the cow’s milk proteins(casein, lactose) may cause ear aches in undeveloped ears and other problems in some parts of the body.  For at least 5 years I went to goat farms to get fresh goat’s milk.  Goat milk does not need to be pasteurized.  It has an inherent anti-inflammatory property  that is very good for children and adults.  It tastes very sweet the first four days after milking.  After that the tastes gets stronger.

To be continued