Hi, all. Here’s our update – we got the results from our Immunocap back, and it shows no allergies. So, I’m feeling pretty certain all this is digestive. DD is 8 mos now, and eating some solids. Peas, green beans, butternut squash, and beets seem to be a go. The jury is still out on carrots. But avocado – not so good. She ate it well, and then had a very good looking poop a day later. I was so ecstatic, thinking that all was going well. About an hour after she pooped, her cheeks started getting red, and within another hour, she had what looked like classic eczema (not oozing yet, but the rash and color). I couldn’t believe how fast it happened. It lasted about 24 hours, and then faded back away.
I’ve had a suspicion that sulfur may be the issue, but I decided (after the avocado episode) to try the FAILsafe diet and avoid any high sulfur foods that were on the “ok” list. I thought ahead, and bought lots of things I could eat. I did miserably on it. I felt absolutely horrible and hungry all the time, and after just 2 days, my skin looked awful. This was not the same horrible that I experienced in the beginnings of SCD which I think was die-off. This was all around bad in a whole different way. So, I abandoned that after day 3 and went back to my modified SCD diet. I really think the biggest thing that may have caused the horribleness was going off all my supplements cold turkey. I think I’ve hit a good balance of what I’m taking (especially since I know I’m not getting everything I need through food), and I guess it was good to reaffirm that.
So, I’m pursuing learning about sulfur, amino acids, and the way everything works and breaks down. I’m thinking the avocado issue could be related to the digestion of the glutathione and creation of cysteine in the digestion process. I’m also going to test the sulfur vs amine thing this weekend. My parents are bringing me some fresh (laid same day) eggs from a farm near their house, so I’m thinking that if it is sulfur, DD should still have an issue, but if it is the amines, probably not. I know this isn’t exactly science, but I’m interested to see what happens. And I am so incredibly excited to eat eggs!
I also had an interesting experience with cinnamon this past weekend. I had been off it for at least 2 – 3 months after I figured out that it was causing issues with DD. So, I decided to try some this weekend, and after eating it, my mouth felt like it had tiny cuts all over it – my tongue, my cheeks, my gums, everywhere. It was truly terrible. And to think that in the beginning I thought I had no food issues – ha!
But overall, as long as we’re away from all offending foods, DD is doing really well and is so happy. While all of this is so hard and frustrating at times, I do feel really fortunate to have learned so much and to at least know what to look for (can’t say I always know what to do about it, but awareness is a step . . .) It is good to hear from everyone about where they are in the journey.