Friday, August 6, 2010

Our First Food Trial: Pears, Day 3 (With a little bit-o-good news thrown in)

I told you I wouldn't write every day, and I won't. Really, there isn't much to say about the food trial at this point, but I keep thinking of other things I should tell you and I know that if I don't just do it, I just won't do it. Know what I mean? And quick, short, easy to digest posts are better than those novellas I used to write, right? Right.

So, to get it out of the way.... another 1/4 t. of pears in this morning at about 8:30 (G slept in) and all is well. I could give you all the details - at home, we're documenting every diaper and burp and fart and the slightest of redness on her skin in the greatest of detail - but I'll spare you... with one exception. We're documenting the diapers and I was quite surprised to find a special treat in there yesterday: grass. It's so tough to be outside with G because she love love LOVES to pick and attempt to eat handful after handful of grass. I forgot about this stage. I thought I had been rather successful in keeping it out of her mouth. I guess I was wrong. Does this count as a 'passed' food for our FPIES list?

Now onto the other news... Boy Wonder called us yesterday, quite out of the blue! After further research (and conversations with the doctors at CHOP, I think) he is now willing to do a patch test for eggs. Hooray! Eggs would be such a nice, versatile food to have on our safe list if all went well and we actually decided to trial it. So, all I have to do is find powdered egg (apparently, using this gives the most accurate result) and bring it along to our appointment. I can do that.

Furthermore, I thought I'd fill you all in on our long term plan for food trials. From what we can tell from our research and reading, the foods that most often show up on 'safe' lists for FPIES kids are pears, spinach and grass fed lamb so, after pears (I'm obviously feeling very positive and optimistic at this point) we'll do those. I am considering trying some form of potato before we do spinach, because E happily ate potatoes with spinach mixed in, but never spinach on it's own and, to be honest, the thought of pureed spinach doesn't really appeal to me either. So... pears, potatoes (not sweet because those are really a legume, I think), spinach and grass fed lamb. If we passed all of those, we would have a fruit, a veggie, a starch and a meat at the end of just 16 short weeks. Just so you know, I have eaten lamb in gyros and on limited other occasions, but have never made it at home so I have some research to do. It will be an adventure for sure!

I think that's it. Tomorrow Genevieve will get a 1/2 teaspoon of pears from Daddy for breakfast. I actually think he's pretty excited to get to feed her. Now I'm off to play with some dinosaurs, mermaids and space shuttles. Yes, they're all friends and they play together on Sesame Street in Ellie's world. Got a problem with that? :)

1 comment:

  1. When we passed eggs, it was such a relief! My son eats them every night for dinner. Good luck with the food gets easier.