Bluets- We did an extensive 1st appointment with lots of questions. He asked about her physical manifiestions of allergies (hives, etc.), and very specific questions about her behavior, sleep, attitude, temperature, etc. I had an extensive food diary/reaction sheet that describes every reaction since November. Most of her reactions are behavior (aggressive, dangerous, out of control, yelling, pulling 3 year old off chairs by their hair, etc.) but some are hives and rashes. We did an extensive family history. She is burdened with genes from food allergic, intollerant, and celaic parents/grandparents so this has a lot to do with what we're seeing. The ND thought that eggs were the root of her problems partly because I had an egg allergy growing up, my mom is severely allergic, and dd's problems did increase when we added eggs to my diet first and then hers (only after a negative skin prick test). Hopefully that will work! He looked into our eyes to look for something (can't remember the word) that would indicate a leaky gut. He looked at hers and they were okay and then at mine which were terrible.
It took us an hour and a half. It was supposed to be an hour but dd decided to fake me out about the potty about 11 times, needed a drink of water from the fountain, needed better toys, ran out the door, etc. enough times to cost me the extra half hour ($225 for 90 minutes, yikes). We're going to take the remedies he suggested and go back in 3 weeks. It looks like I should see him for myself but I can only do one thing at a time, YK? We may do food intollerance testing/bloodwork in a few weeks if eggs aren't the answer.
He's hopeful that removing the root problem will allow us both to eat a lot more and maybe only need to worry about a few ingredients instead of our crazy long list.
I hope this helps. I'd be happy to report back in a few weeks! I really needed outside help because I didn't know if what we were doing was right, where the problem really is, if we were ever going to go out to eat again....We didn't talk much about breastfeeding an almost 2 year old and the effects it had on my life, it seemed like it was a given that she is still nursing and that I'd be willing to make these compromises.....