Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Life Happens Sometimes

Whoa. Sorry I haven't written here for awhile. Sometimes life just gets away from you, doesn't it? It did to me! Let's see if I can catch you up.

July 28th was our 5th anniversary, and we were able to get away overnight! Yay! That was fun, and we both had a good time leaving our computers at home.  :)

After we got home, we both came down sick for a few days. We're both doing much better now.

But the bigger news is that we had Daniel's naturopath appointment on Monday where we got the results of his BIG allergy test.  We learned a lot about allergies and allergy tests at that appointment. One thing to note is that many doctors just test for IgE reactions, which are immediate anaphylatic reactions. Our naturopath tested Daniel for IgG reactions, which occur hours or even days after the offending food has been ingested.

The five big things Daniel had IgG reactions to are: gluten, casein, eggs, garlic and beef. We were surprised to see that he did NOT react to poultry or citrus, which he thought he was allergic to. We're also suspicious of his reaction to beef, and are wondering if somehow the lab that tested it, used grain-fed beef, and Daniel reacted to the tertiary exposure to grain and not actually the beef.

So, at the very least, we'll be going gluten and casein free from here on out. I'm suspecting we'll also be dropping soy and corn as well.

That's probably a good thing, since Daniel also tested positive for the MTHFR defect C677T on one gene. I don't really have a simple way to describe that, so I'll just point you to where you will find lots of information on the defect. Since MTHFR defects can cause neural tube defects, including hydrocephalus, we're planning on eventually getting me tested as well. But alas... we've used up our lab benefits for the year, so that will have to wait until at least January.

In other news.... I'm leaving in two hours for Milwaukee, for the CFPN's 5th Anniversary celebration!  I'm very excited that God has allowed me to interact with such a great group of people for the last five years, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next five!  :D