I’ve decided to go temporarily gluten-free with Joshua and see how he responds.
It’s hard trying to figure out what might trigger his eczema or not. Is it the barley? (I don’t think so.) The almond milk? (I really doubt it.) Or the cracker Emily slipped him? Or maybe it’s Cheerios. Or is it just that the heat is really irritating his eczema? (I’ve heard of this too.)
Heat does seem to irritate his eczema. He had a couple of small patches on his shoulders earlier this week that didn’t seem to bother him in the least, and then it’s been 90 degrees the past 2 days and it’s gotten worse. I took all possible wheat out of his diet (not that he eats much of it) since yesterday afternoon (not very long allergy-wise.) Today, it’s a beautiful 75 degrees and Joshua woke up very happy with his eczema looking much better? Wheat or heat? It’s hard to say.
I’m still going to try gluten-free with him. I bought a box of Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Cheerios (I wanted regular Cheerios but they didn’t sell any.) One box costs $4.99! Yikes! I usually spend no more than 50 cents for a box of cereal, using my coupons, so this one hurt! But of course it’s totally worth it and I’ll buy as many $5 boxes of cereals as Joshua needs if it helps him.
My biggest “issue” right now is trying to find foods for J to eat. He wants to eat solid foods now of course (he’s almost 1!) and is much happier when he’s eating solids versus just formula. Avoiding dairy and now wheat doesn’t give me a whole lot of options that actually fill him up. I did buy some organic Stonyfield soy yogurt (thanks for reminding me of that option, Mandi!), but I’m hesitant to try that (he couldn’t handle soy formula a few months back) now with his latest eczema outbreak. I’ll probably wait a few days and then give it a try.
Today, I’ve been working on some catchup around the house. I’ve been so busy lately with getting my cloth diapers sold online (it takes a lot of time to answer inquiries, check shipping quotes, update my ‘for sale’ stuff, package things up, etc.), not to mention a few other organizing projects I’ve been working on, that my normal household chores have fallen aside. Not completely, but I haven’t had a chance to get as much cleaning done as I usually do. I don’t mind putting it aside sometimes once in awhile, but then it starts bugging me. So that’s what I’ve been doing today. I still have a lot more to do, but I’m stopping for a break before I have to run Nathan to karate. I will say, while selling my cloth diapers has been a lot of work, it’s worth it. I’ve made quite a bit of money – even Nate is quite impressed.
Oh so get this: I went to the eye doctor for the 3rd time in a month yesterday. Why? I’ll call him ED, short for Eye Doctor – insisted that I try this new “breathable” contact lenses. My eye does not like it. The first set I tried made my eyes watery and several times a day they really annoyed me, where it felt like something was in my eye. I gave that pair a week before going back. The ED said some people are sensitive to the coating, so he gave me a different “breathable” lens. Gave that one two weeks, the entire time, my poor eye was red. So I went back yesterday. The ED looks at me and says “Do you have allergies?” “Um, no, not that I’m aware of anyways.” He hems and haws and explains for the 50th time that he really wants me in the breathable lenses because they are “SO much better for my eyes” than my old Accuvue Advance lenses, which he worries will “damage my corneas.”
Hmm… let’s see… what do YOU think is better?
The old Accuvue lenses that I’ve worn them for 6 years without any problems. I never wear them overnight, I take care of them, I change them out when they start bothering me, I take care of my eyes. Again NO issues, my eyes are perfectly healthy and happy. I’m happy.
OR the new “breathable” lenses that irritate my eyes and cause visible redness?
Just because a technology is “new” and “breathable” doesn’t mean it’s always better. And I have a suspicion that this ED is being paid extra to sell ‘breathable’ lenses. I could be wrong, but gosh, he is SET on these. I mean you don’t have to have an MD to tell that red eyes = bad.
So what does ED do yesterday? He compromises by giving me Accuvue’s “breathable” lense to try. *sigh* I really wanted my old lenses, but I had all 3 kids with me and I guess I should have stood up to him better, but it was just too much. I tried, but he wouldn’t listen.
I mean so far, actually these lenses are okay, so hopefully they will work. But I came home and googled “Accuvue lenses bad for your eyes” to see if there was any data about my old Advance being bad and all that came up were tons of bad reviews on my new Accuvue Oasys contacts. Lots of people describing the exact same symptoms I had and their arrogant stupid EDs insisting they keep wearing them. For crying out loud, do they want us to go blind?! I mean seriously!
I’ll try ’em, but if this doesn’t work, I WILL stand up to this guy.
I really wanted to like this eye doctor because it’s not that far from my house, unlike just about every other doctor we see. The old eye doctor was saw was 50 minutes away, whereas this one is 20. The set up is good and I really like the receptionist. And aside from the whole contact lense issue (which is pretty big), the guy seems nice enough. Not super personable, but hey, I’m not personable with eye doctors either – I really dislike them (bad experiences growing up.)
If I could easily get another eye exam and MY contacts, I would go to another eye doctor in a heartbeat, but we’d have to come up with another $200 (insurance won’t cover another eye exam and we’d have to pay for that + contact lens exam, which is usually another $70-100.) And again, we could do that, but I’d prefer to NOT if I didn’t have to, especially when we’ve already paid $90.
Anyone have any ideas? If this guy insists on keeping me in eye-irritating lenses, isn’t there some sort of board I could report him to? Because that surely can’t be ethical, you know? Then again, do I really want to stay with someone like that… ? Not really.