Recovery & Thanksgiving

Our plan, today, was to go up to my parents’ cabin in Crown King, just for a day in the mountains, temporarily escaping what is supposed to be record heat — possibly in the triple digits — this weekend, spending the day with my stepdad (who remains my kids’ most actively-involved grandparent, bless him).  However, I was sick yesterday… really sick…  Let’s just call it “flu symptoms” or something like that.  “G.I. disruption.”  Ugh.  Suffice it to say I lost four pounds in one day and am really, really weak today.  And, I wasn’t able to get out yesterday and do the errands that would enable us to leave home for the entire day.  😦

My stepdad was really disappointed, as were/are my kids.  However, he suggested us all having Thanksgiving up at the cabin, which I think is a wonderful idea.  We usually have Thanksgiving at our place, mostly because *everyone* on both sides of our family is (usually) last-minute planners, and that just doesn’t work for a family of seven.  I have to know where/if we’re going anywhere, and plan accordingly.  It’s rough, too, to know how to balance everything.  I don’t really want to invite ourselves, with our large numbers, lots of activity, and weird diets, over to people’s houses, even family members.  But, neither do I want to assume that everyone wants to come over here.  But, I want to do SOMETHING for Thanksgiving.  So, 2-3 weeks before Thanksgiving, after sending out feelers to family, and not usually hearing anything firm back, one way or another, we usually just say, “OK, we’ll have a big meal here, and would be happy for you to join.”

In really, really good news — or, at least potential really good news — it appears that Fiala, after 1 month on a total elimination diet, is starting to handle sugars.  It used to be that even a teaspoon of honey in my coffee would give her a blow-out;  a few weeks ago, I had a banana, and she suffered for nearly a week.  So, she and I had to go ENTIRELY sugar-free for several weeks, not fruits, not veggies, not honey, no sugar, of course.  Now, I have to be careful not to go overboard, but I introduced blueberries to her on Saturday, and there have been no gastrointestinal repercussions.  Yesterday and the day before, I gave her a very few Craisins (not the best choice;  they have sugar added, I know…), like five at a time, and she’s done wonderfully, saying, “Mmmmm!” each time.  This morning, I gave her about ten raisins.  Again, I need to be careful, probably MORE careful than I have this past week, but I am SO ENCOURAGED that she seems to be handling them just fine.  Her face has no lesions;  the skin on her legs isn’t great;  it’s hard to tell if that’s fallout from food, or what… but, in general, I think maybe, soon, she’ll be on a more normal diet.  Well, maybe “normal” is pushing it, but I now have hopes for her to have a diet expanded beyond the six foods and three seasonings which are currently the only things on her “safe” list.

OK.  Now, I’m going to go lay down.

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About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on October 16, 2009, in Allergies, Arizona, Babies, Family, Holidays, Medical Stuff, The Kids, Total Elimination Diet. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Don’t you hate the last minute planners? I’m part of one of those families too and I just think now if they don’t sort things out I won’t be part of it! The cabin sounds absolutely wonderful though – I would go for it.

  2. Ugh, I’ve had those kinds of GI days. 😦 I need a green smiley frown.

    So happy to hear of successes with Fiala!

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