GAPS diet, CHOP’s suggested food, intuition… I feel like we may as well flip a coin!
On the up side we did try “muscle testing” which gave us a list of foods to avoid and a list of foods to consider. The only problem is that it is not 100% - and completely new (and untrusted) to us. The procedure is actually called Applied Kinesiology, and was recommended to us by the kid’s primary doc (who we love). I fondly refer to it as “hocus pocus,” and there are many out there who say it is just that. If you search it on the net you will find it called “quackery” among other things. Here's the thing; first, I trust our doctor and second, WHAT ELSE DO WE HAVE TO GO ON!!! I did speak to a woman who had been doing the immunotherapy that the kids also do – she also uses this “muscle testing.” She warned that while a “no is really a no, a yes is really a maybe.” So we tried it and will utilize the results – we’ll see if they prove useful.
One option is to trial rare and exotic foods – starting with exotic meats as a healing (joints and marrow) broth. I am very interested in the logic and science behind this (GAPS diet & LDA expertise), but I am overwhelmed by the logistics of pulling it off. At this point I feel like just trialing grass-fed beef since it is so easily procured here in central PA. Then there is Emu. I can find this in a small amount for a 10 day trial, but then would have to have it shipped if it was a pass (until this summer when the local farmer is ready to butcher again). This is overwhelming.
At the same time that I am AGONIZING over making the decision, I am troubled by the fact that we are just standing still. I am also troubled by the feeling that we are holding BabyM back. I think she is much more ready for food than her brother. This presents a difficult dichotomy for me – both emotionally and practically.
These kids just want to EAT. BabyR is refusing just about every “bottle” lately. Yesterday he only took 6.5 ounces ALL DAY. I am not kidding. He should be taking at least THIRTY-FIVE! I went in shortly after he fell asleep and fed him (we usually only do this around 11 pm) – he took all 8 ounces – so I just can’t figure out what is going on there. Is this behavioral? Is he sick? I really don’t know. I do know that he still has his “feeding tube follow-up” on the 9th. This kid has 21 days to pack on the pounds like his sister did. Now to just get him to take his formula, and maybe get an additional food in his menu.
I know that the HE has promised to give wisdom to those who ask. I am asking Lord.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.