Recently I had completed testing for two of our children around food allergies. My son already is known to have multiple allergies, including wheat, but my daughter has ADHD, has been taking medication for about 3 1/2 years, and we continue to pursue potential treatments in addition to or instead of the traditional stimulant and non-stimulant medications.
I became aware of a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.; www.docmallory.com) who treats using nutritional therapy. Details to the whole theory and process in which Dr. Mallory uses is quite fascinating but I am a bit of a nerd in that way and like to get in the weeds of things. However, I’ll save that for another day and another time. End result of the blood work indicated that my daughter also has wheat allergies, and I learned that multiple grains and foods are “cross reactants”. That means that while they are not gluten, the body tends to treat those broken down food molecules as if they were gluten so there is still reactivity.
This was extremely disheartening to me. Not only must we cut out wheat, but corn, rice, soy, milk, potato, and a list of other things. I had a very rough weekend after I learned this information. Our family already spends a lot of time, energy, and money being intentional about how we eat. This just felt like too much, too burdensome, too time consuming. It felt hopeless that I could actually accomplish what the Dr was suggesting.
Fast forward 5 days. I’ve had time to reach out to friends and family (largely through Facebook) and really process what this means to our family and our daily schedules. While it has been hard, annoying, frustrating, and time consuming, it doesn’t feel today like it did Day 1. It has started to feel doable.
The reason I am sharing this short snippet of the journey of my family is to demonstrate that everyone has emotional reactions to situations (even the expert Psychologist)!! Situations can feel over the top, unmanageable, overwhelming. However, given some time, situations usually will settle down a bit as you process it, lay out a logical plan of attack, and find social support.
So don’t give up!!! I know I’m not!
Dr. Sheri Fluellen