Since last week I have researched ALCAT, LEAP MRT, anti-inflammatory diets, NAET, glutathione, elimination diets, GAPS diet, alkaline diets, vegan diets, stinging nettle, butterbur, and countless other herbs, tests, and schools of medicine as it relates to the treatment of childhood allergies and asthma. I’ve alluded over the last few weeks that Mikey has been sick often, but I don’t know if I mentioned that he has been sick (minus a day or two) since December 31st. In January he even had pneumonia, which shattered my heart into a million-trillion pieces. He hasn’t used his inhaler in a week, which is a miracle, but he’s still sick.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook know all this. It’s all I talk about.
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I haven’t been the picture of health, either, and the stress of seeing Mikey sick so often is exacerbating my tenuous grip on what they used to call a strong constitution. Over the summer I had a complete work up, and with the exception of my vitamin D levels, my blood work suggested the picture of health. I’d like to keep it that way, but at the rate I’m pumping out cortisol, I’m not making bets.
Many of you have asked how my severe vitamin D deficiency has improved, and a few of you even emailed to thank me for inspiring you to get your own levels checked. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one who was deficient in Vitamin D. Sadly, I may be the only one (so far) who isn’t responding to treatment. My body can’t tolerate vitamin D supplementation; I become toxic quickly. I decided to forgo supplements (it’s not like I could tolerate them anyway) and ate foods high in vitamin D and spent 20 minutes every day in the sun. Vitamin D is best absorbed topically, so I had high hopes. In August, after months of sun bathing, my results came back 10 points higher, but still severely deficient. Disappointing.
My main concern remains Mikey and his health. He is so small for his age, so susceptible to every damn germ that crosses his path. I stay up at night worrying, thinking, plotting. I spend hours at the computer reading until I have to get up because my legs tingle and my back aches.
I won’t give up on him, and if only by sheer determination alone, I will find the key to unlock the mystery of his allergies and asthma. Helena’s dad used to say I reminded him of a terrier. “She’s tiny,” he’d say, “but she just barks and bites and pulls until she gets what she wants.” He was right; I won’t ever give up on someone I love, and I love my boys something fierce. When it comes to Mikey and his health, I’m a dog with a bone.
But this old dog learned a new trick or two over the summer, and as much as it feels like I am giving up on him by not giving him 200% of my attention, I have to put myself first and get my health in order. It’s similar to putting on your air mask in a plane before you put on that of your child’s. If you’re no good, they’re no good.
I have (yet another) appointment with a doctor about my vitamin D deficiency (actually, I’m probably at the doctor right now as you read this). He is an MD who incorporates homeopathic treatment in his practice, so I am hopeful he will provide me with a solution that will work. I’m not going to lie, I have some questions for him about Mikey, too. But first, me.
If you have had any success with alternative treatments for allergies and asthma, I am all ears.