Weight gain

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I think Cake is gaining weight. I haven’t really checked the scale, but there are a few signs that he’s gaining weight. The main one being that his face turned chubby. I was looking at photos I took this week and last week, and his face is definitely chubbier this week. My first thought was, ‘huh, look at his chubby face. Maybe a growth spurt?’ Followed by, ‘oh crap what did he eat this week? What if he’s having a food allergy reaction and the symptom is a puffy face?’ But since it’s been about a week now and it hasn’t changed much. The other sign is he’s eating more than normal – he’s eating French fries likes there’s no tomorrow. So I’ll assume he’s gaining weight…..which is a good thing because at his last check up his doctor wanted him to gain 3 pounds (in order to stay on the weight charts, even if it’s only at the first percentile) and he’s only gained about 1.5 pounds so far. This is one area where I feel like I can blame the food allergies – I can’t give him cows milk, or peanuts, or tree nuts, so his diet is pretty low fat and therefore he doesn’t gain weight easily.

Allergic to milk but not butter ????

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No, you can’t be ‘severely allergic to milk’ but not to butter.

I went to the farmers market this weekend. I searched around for a yummy milk free treat. I looked at one of the bakeries that were set up. The conversation at one of them went like this:
Me: My son has a severe milk allergy. Do you have any milk free products?
Him: yeah, it’s all milk free!
Me: ummm….and milk product free? No butter, cheese….
Him: Oh, yeah, it all has butter.
Me: you can’t be severely allergic to milk and not butter
Him: yes, you can! A lot of people tell me they are allergic to milk but not butter. They still buy my products!
Me: ummm….yeah….maybe if they have a sensitivity but I said severe allergy. Like if he eats it we go to the hospital…
Him: yeah, a lot of people are SEVERELY allergic to milk but can eat butter just fine
Me: wow, yeah, I wouldn’t say that your products are milk free to someone
Him: why not?

At this point, I gave up and walked away. I won’t bother buying anything from his bakery, likely ever again, because he seems to have no clue about allergies.

I did find some yummy samosas and eggplant Indian wrap to eat that were both safe!

Update for this week

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Cake has been feeling better, which is great. His food allergies concerns have taken a back seat to his asthma concerns this week – we haven’t eaten out or even tried any new foods because we’ve been spending lots of time with the nebulizer (well, okay, twice a day but with a 2 year old and a little brother it can take me an hour to get both boys able to sit for 15 minutes to do it!).
Cake has no idea how to play video games but he likes to hit the buttons on the controller. I think he’s actually played games about 5 times his entire life, yet when he asked if he could play while doing his nebulizer I let him (really, anything to get him to sit for 15 minutes with the nebulizer in his mouth). He usually got to play the iPad while doing the nebulizer this week too which he really liked!

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New restaurants

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We found a new allergy friendly restaurant in our area! 🙂

Eating out is always more complicated with a food allergy. We were in a nearby downtown and decided to get dinner. The restaurant we usually eat at has one meal that I know we can eat (& Cake doesn’t like it) so we tried a different restaurant. I’m glad we did – they had a few different items Cake and I could eat!

The first restaurant we tried was a fail. I told the hostess that we had a severe milk and peanut/tree nut allergy and asked if their bread had milk in it (it was a burger place). The two hostesses looked at each other and said,”um…..I don’t know. Do you know?” And “ummm….maybe it does?” I asked them to go check in the back with the chef. To which they responded, “ummmmm….well….the bread comes in big bags, I don’t think they know the ingredients.” At that point I left. I hate it when I get excited about trying a new restaurant then it is not an option.

At the restaurant next door, I told them about the severe allergies and asked if their French fries have milk in them. French fries are kind of our gateway food…..if Cake can have French fries, he is happy. If he can’t have the fries, we don’t bother with the restaurant unless it’s take out. Anyways, one of the hostesses went to the back and came back telling me, “yes, I checked and the chef says the fries are milk/milk product free and so are some other things on the menu. We don’t use peanuts or tree nuts in anything here.” WIN! We sat down and I found three different foods to ask about, hoping one was milk/milk product free. It was a Greek restaurant so I asked about gyros, an eggplant dip, the rice pilaf, and the skewers. Both the rice pilaf and all of the skewers were milk free – which gave me enough options for dinner. As a bonus, they had a kids meal with the skewers, meaning Cake could actually eat a kids meal (a rarity!)

Cake got shrimp skewers and fries, and I got seafood skewers and fries. It was a big, loud restaurant so Cake could be loud if he wanted to (he wasn’t – he was really good!) and we were able to walk to a coffee ship that has some dairy free sorbet for dessert.

It’s always a little scary trying a new restaurant – I watch Cake for allergic reactions the whole time we are there and after. I’m really glad we tried this one and will be going back soon!

And of course I only took two pictures while there, one was blurry and the other Cake had his eyes closed.

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Cake’s first sinus infection

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Cake’s mild cold developed into a horrible cold overnight a few days ago. I figured it was just a cold….then he started coughing really badly. Loud, wet coughs that sounded like he was going to throw up (and he did, once). I had to introduce Cake to a ‘throw up bowl’ (you know, the bowl that you carry everywhere with you when you have to throw up). Interesting concept to a 2 year old who barely even understands what throwing up means.

After all that coughing, I decided to bring Cake to a doctor, during which I was prepared to be told it was just a cold and to not worry. I couldn’t decide whether to bring Cake to his normal pediatrician or his allergist. I decided to bring him to the allergist and I’m glad I did. I was having him do nebulizer treatments once a day because he was breathing a little funny, but his allergist said he was wheezing too. Then the doctor found a sinus infection.

So now Cake has antibiotics, the nebulizer twice a day until his cough is gone, prednisone if he starts wheezing more, and his regular antihistamine. Lots of medicine for such a little Cake!

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Colds

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Cake has a cold. It’s funny how something like a cold can be more complex because of asthma and allergies. Cake has a cold and has needed his nebulizer treatments this week.

Last night, he was coughing, moaning, and making a funny sound when he swallows. Then it hit me – what if it’s a food allergy reaction? He’s coughing, swallowing funny, whining….he could be having a mild food allergy reaction. I run down all the out of ordinary foods he ate that day (ramen noodles, sesame ball) and all the foods he ate that he’s mildly allergic to (wheat, soy, pea protein) wondering which one (or two or three) might be causing these symptoms.

Cake can’t really tell me if something is going on yet, if I mention taking medicine he automatically says, “I’m *cough cough* good, mama. No nebyizer. *cough*”. So when I ask him at 10:30pm what hurts he tells me “nothing.” When I ask if his mouth feels funny, he says yes. I go to grab my phone to text Allergy Dad (downstairs) and Cake says, “no my mouf is good *cough*”. Then he sniffs his nose and it sounds like he has a ton of boogies up there.

Since everything pointed to a cold at this point, I stayed up for a bit monitoring him then fell asleep myself. This morning he woke up coughing and sneezing and full of boogies. So I’m assuming its a cold and not something related to food.

Just having a cold would be an annoyance. Having to determine whether a food reaction is occurring at the same time is a lot more stressful!