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Friday, May 2, 2014

The Laundry List of Food Allergies for Ramya

I finally have all of the results in from Ramya's allergy testing.  Wow, her list is big!!  The fact that she doesn't like eating much as it is (Seriously, this girl will pass on cake and ice cream! I tried to buy her a donut one day and she said no!  I don't get it!!), combined with these new food restrictions, it's a little rough, but we are working through it.  Thankfully I'm creative!  I am thankful that she likes a large variety of foods, she just doesn't love eating so much.

For testing we went ahead and did a blood test.  I've heard that they aren't always the most accurate, but in our experience, it's actually been pretty accurate.  It's nice that it's just one blood draw and then it's done.  We did IgE, which is what you would consider "true" allergies, as well as IgG, which is more sensitivities.  Conner, Madi, David, and I all have some sensitivities.  We have to pay close attention to them because there are lots of issues that come up if they eat much that they are sensitive too.  There are behavior changes, skin rashes, sleep issues, constipation and/or diarrhea, other gastro issues, tummy aches, and a whole lot more!  Anyhow, Ramya actually has both true allergies AND sensitivities.  Wooo hoooo (yes, yes, I am being slightly sarcastic).  Here's Ramya's list...

**  Indicates a very high allergy or sensitivity

IgE- "True" food allergies:
  1. Egg
  2. Crab**
  3. Beef
  4. Tuna
  5. Banana
IgG- Sensitivities
  1.  Wheat**
  2. Corn**
  3. Banana (came up under both!  Something major we have to watch!)**
  4. Egg (again, came up on both)
  5. Oats**
  6. Yeast Bakers/Brewers
  7. Codfish
  8. Crab (came up under both)
  9. Pork **
  10. Beef (came up under both)**
  11. Peanuts
  12. Carrots
  13. Oranges
  14. Potato
  15. Strawberry
  16. Apple
  17. Cacao (chocolate)
The IgG dairy test was not performed, so I'm not sure if she has an IgG reaction to dairy, but once we eliminate everything else, I think it will be come clear in her behavior, bowels, etc  They also didn't test things like rice and coconut, so I'll just be keeping a close eye on her to see how she does with it. 

We are working on foods we can eat.  Lunches and Dinners are not too bad, but breakfast is a challenge without oats and eggs. She is really bummed about the eggs too.  So far I've found vanilla shakes I can make for her, pancakes from scratch avoiding allergens, and a rice/quinoa breakfast blend. The yeast is hard since it's in pizza crusts, breads, etc....  I plan to get her some flat Indian breads that are gluten free that I can use for crusts and sandwiches, or even maybe tortillas that are gluten-free.  If anyone else has other ideas, please comment and let me know!  Thanks!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Have you tried deer meat, quail, or pheasant. I know that in my area quail and pheasant are raised and can be purchased ready for the freezer. Deer meat is also available in my area during hunting season. I do not hunt, but have several friends who are willing if I pay for the processing.
Where does soy, poi(taro root), sweet potato/yams fall in your allergy list?