We were making fantastic progress with Ellie on the bone broths and meats. Thanks to the many blessings of others we have been able to provide her with just about every bone broth imaginable. Each animal has a different diet and provides different nutrients. We often think of this when eating the staples fish, beef, or chicken. We don't often think of the other meats as offering even more.
Once she had been on the bone broth and boiled, pureed meats for a couple of weeks we began the process of introducing vegetables. We used the GAPS introduction diet as our guide. We started with de-seeded, skinned, boiled green zucchini. Removing the seeds and skin helped take out any fibrous parts that would irritate and inflame her healing intestines.
We then moved on to onion. She didn't seem to do great, but we moved forward. I added in carrot, and threw in a little garlic. I could have added them in too quickly. The onion could have been too fibrous. The carrot could have been too sweet. The garlic too starchy. Or perhaps I just got to excited at the idea of her eating food. Whatever it was, we had our first 'fail' since the start of broths. And it seemed to hinge largely around the carrot.
At this point I realized things were different. It as not a typical, confusing, and extreme FPIES reaction like we had seen in the past. And I began to understand that what I was seeing was an intolerance - the inability for her body to handle a particular food. And the differences between FPIES, intolerances, and allergies began to make sense.
I removed the garlic and carrot, but she did not heal. I removed the onion and still no improvement. With just zucchini we began to see respiratory symptoms. Back on just the broth and meat. And a low grade fever.
Off to the pediatrician we went. Diagnosis: sinus infection and ear infection from reflux. Treatment: Her first ever round of antibiotics. 10 days of compounded amoxicillian (sp?). A slight increase in her probiotic. And a surprise. No typical antibiotic diarrhea. Or constipation. Or problems. Instead we saw a white tongue, return of full body eczema, and an otherwise very happy toddler.
Interesting. Antibiotic therapy is used to treat colitis and intestinal disorders....sometimes.
The white tongue and eczema was fungus overgrowth. Compounded powder nystatin was added to her mix.
And she got better. Zucchini back in, and moving forward again.