Originally Posted by scraphappy-Red
Stephen, who is 7, is allergic to beef and dairy (a true bovine allergy). If milk touches his skin, he'll immediately hive up. We didn't know about the allergy until he was about 15 mos old...he was toddling around the room, grabbed a glass of milk and spilled it down the front of him. Immediately he hived up, from the back of his head all the way down to his toes. It was so scary!
Although I do consider us lucky, he isn't allergic to rice, gluten, wheat or soy. We can live without beef and dairy products, but gluten, or wheat would be much harder! Kudos to those mommies and families whose kids are allergic to those other ingredients.
My daughter reacted to both cows milk and beef when she was younger (me eating/challenging them and her reacting as a breastfeeding infant). At six months I had her allergy tested and she came back positive for wheat, corn, dairy, beef, and tomatoes. The only thing I had wrongly suspected was almonds, and I had been too afraid to even touch peanuts, eggs or soy, since my husband has an egg and soy allergy and peanuts scare the cr@p out of me. The immunologist thought that I was a crazy woman when I told him what I was sure she was allergic to, but mama was right! The work of the elimination diet was worth it for us; now at almost three her only allergy is cows milk, and she even tolerates small amounts without too much reaction (if I get too lax she starts getting rashes and some wheeziness, but the occasional non-vegan muffin doesn't affect her too much). Though it was scary to feel like I was eating constantly and still losing weight all the time. My family still jokes about how many different ways I could prepare turkey and rice
Azreial, big hugs. You are doing a great job getting the care you need! Have you tried rescue remedy (or other Bach remedies) for the hospital/medical fears? It can really help calm you down from a panic situation.
IncaMama, I hope you're feeling better soon
JoyFilled, I know you mentioned in the spotlight thread that your husband doesn't want to be at the birth. Has he had a bad experience, or heard lots of horror stories. Would you be able to find a doula or someone calm and experienced for labour support for him? I worked in labour and delivery for several years, and have to say that really scared partners need support (same goes for scared mothers, sisters, other "support" people who are fearful). It is really hard on a birthing woman to have someone fearful around- someone who is worried about your pain, scared that it's not normal and wanting to "help/save" you can lead you to a lot more intervention that you want or need. I have seen far to many epidurals given for the sake of a support person rather than the need of the mother. I don't mean to sound harsh, and you have lots of time to deal with these issues, but they're definitely worth exploring together. Birthing from Within is a pretty "hippy" book (at least in my husband's opinion), but it does a good job at getting at the emotional issues involved. Ina May's books are good, too at talking about the effects of people's energy and emotions on birth, and also full of lots of positive birth stories. Good luck!