I see light ahead! We had a hospital appointment today. Before this appointment there has been weeks of researching, praying and pondering. I've been trying to formulate a plan of what I wanted to achieve at this appointment. As lovely as my GP is she has no clue about what is wrong with my son. A lovely friend of my husbands led me to an online forum for mums of babies who suffer from 'reflux' and I not only received invaluable help from them but I was able to gleam lots of information from their own experiences. I evaluated my baby's history and symptoms and tried to see if any of the information I had found would be fit for him.
I've also been going through my own spiritual journey, and finally came to the realisation (again) that the Lord knows what He is doing.
So, while we drove to my in laws yesterday, my husband and I spoke about what we would take into the appointment with us. We decided we didn't want any medication for baby. All the medication he had been on had made him react badly and also didn't work. If possible, we wanted to see if a dietary regime could improve his symptoms, specifically dairy free, as so many babies appeared to have improved since going dairy free.
When I told the consultant about our history, she examined him and then she said 'it's not reflux'. Needless to say I was shocked and anxious to see where she was going with this. She then went on to say that the reflux was a symptom of an underlying cause. Before i could tell her what i thought about diet she said she suspects that the cause of these symptoms are actually a cows milk protein intolerance (or CMPI). I could have hugged the doctor! Firstly because she had listened and taken into consideration ALL his symptoms and not just the reflux. And secondly because she had confirmed the feelings that I had been having. What a blessing!
Today, we go shopping for a dairy free diet for me. As much as I know I'm going to miss chocolate (which has been my staple intake) I'm quite excited to see if it's going to work. We've got 6 weeks to see if it will make a difference, here's hoping! You never know, it might help me too. I've been on a restricted diet before and it helped, but this time I've got more of an incentive!