Mischief, dressed for Thanksgiving dinner, standing infront of our "Thankful" tree.
I've mentioned Mischief's health issues on here before and you're about to hear about them again. One of my facebook friends who is a photographer has a blog. She only posts monthly, pretty much, but the pictures are gorgeous. Yesterday I hopped over to it and was scrolling through when I stopped on a post about her, then, seven year old daughter. As I was reading it I couldn't help but think that it sounded like Mischief. The screaming, dark circles under the eyes.....well here's what I emailed her to say: I was over at your blog admiring your gorgeous photography (and your girls clothes) when I happened to read the post on your seven year old. And was surprised to discover just how much it sounds like my two year old. Now I know yes, 2 year olds normally have a short attention span and don't always understand what you ask them to do and think screaming is great, but it just always seems somewhat off with my little [Mischief]. But what got me most is that you said you daughter would "say "my tummy is making me do it". Our 2 year old often tells us "tummy sad" when she is having what we call "hard days". I've suspected that something is wrong internally, and so does her Pediatrician but neither of us have answers. Her pediatrician just says to take her to an allergist. We don't have any pediatric allergists local so I need to get ahold of Medicaid to see where they want us to go. I think it's more than allergy related because she isn't growing. It concerns her doctor and I but like I said the doctor has no answers besides to give her pediasure, but even 3 pediasures a day hasn't helped. She's 2 1/2 and fits 18 month clothes. Anyway. I was wondering if you would share some more details about your daughter's diagnosis so I can see if it does sound more like my own daughter, and can maybe get a clue as to what direction we should go.
She sent me a message back this morning, and I scheduled an appointment for Mischief at her pediatrician's this afternoon. Her pediatrician had once said she wanted to do a thorough bloodwork-up, but we never got it set up. And I really want to even more now. Because I have noticed over the last few months, that wheat seems to be a trigger. I am still not sure about dairy, but wheat for sure is questionable. The times that Mischief has issues tends to be when she has had wheat or we are trying to feed her a wheat product. Those are the days when we get the "tummy sad" comments. She does avoid wheat on her own. If she's very hungry, she'll eat a bit otherwise the only grain products she willingly eats are rice cakes and corn chips. She knows what makes her feel okay and what doesn't. Mr. Man wants to wait until she's older so we can see if it actually is due to some health issue or if it's just because she's two, but I don't like that logic. Why should she have to suffer for years? I admit it's hard to give her a diet different that what we are having. Drama Queen and Mischief tend to have a limited menu for lunches, cause I like easy. Peanut butter and jam on whole wheat bread, macaroni and cheese hot dogs and fruit, chicken nuggets and veggies. Those are their basics. All include wheat except the hot dogs, and well, in truth the hot dog meal is the only one that Mischief eats entirely. She will lick out the peanut butter and jam from her sandwich. She refuses entirely to eat Mac N cheese, and she usually eats only one nugget and her vegetables.
Mischief being "schroeder" on Thanksgiving afternoon.
So now you know more about our guessing game. I guess I need to stick with the selective foods for her for longer than I did last time. We've got an appointment scheduled with an allergist (turns out the local one does take 2 year olds, as they only do skin testing) for Wednesday when we will meet with the doctor. Apparently our insurance requires a meeting to talk first and then we can schedule testing.