Sunday, December 1, 2013

Jacky Now

I was just logged onto my YouTube account, when I came across some recent and not so recent comments on the video of Jack's soy reaction.
I am flooded with emotion and so thankful to the wonderful parent's who reach out to others, I am thankful for the educators and doctors who are making a difference for FPIES families.
I hardly made it through the years of discovering Jack's FPIES, I had nothing left to give back. I have not been super active in answering comments, questions and calls out for help. I apologize for that.

Jacky now is a 58 pound, pretty typical 7 year old and although he still has not passed soy, wheat, modified food starch, or barley, he is happier now than he has been in over 5 years.

More than Jack's food restrictions, his emotional issues have upset his life. He struggles with food issues, medical trauma and other issues with authority figures. I wish that when Jack was going thru all of the physical struggles, that I would have been able to protect him better to be sure that he was treated gently and I would've been sure to get a therapist involved, from the beginning.

When I realized that his behavior may be a reflection of his trauma, I started dealing with it in other ways and he is really coming around. I say things to him like, "man, when you were little, people strapped you down and put needles in your arms, feet and head. They put tubes up your nose and down your throat. They did so many things to you. It must have felt awful, but they were doing what they knew how to do, in order to save you."
Since we've started saying things like this to him, he seems to be happier and more calm.

Here Jack is now...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gluten Vacation

Our GI doctor has been wanting Jack to try gluten to see if he still reacts, for about 2 years now.
We were not comfortable with the idea. Why mess with a good thing, right?
Jack had never had a super severe reaction to gluten, no vomiting or turning green, but his digestive track stops all together. He doesn't have a BM. He has gone 8 days without a BM and ended up with intussusception. Also, his behavior is effected, he screams, sasses and turns into a complete monster, probably due to the constipation.
So we were not on board... well, until last friday that is.

We were at his 6 month GI appointment and the nurse begged me again, "We really need to start trying new foods. I know you guys are hesitant, but we are sure he will do fine."

I wanted to say no, I wanted to grab little healthy Jacky and run out of there, but I was sure I would be chased by child protective services.

I am sure that the doctor wrote on Jack's chart, "Loony parents, do not want what's best for child. Won't let Jack eat ANYTHING!"

So I agreed. We didn't want to tell anyone, because we didn't want to get anyone's hopes up. But on Saturday we decided to start him on gluten to see if he would still react. He ate english muffins, granola, bread, candy, tortillas, crackers and more. Jack was so excited, I found him at the dining table giggling to himself, on more than one occasion. When I asked him what was so silly, he would say, "Nothing is silly, I am so excited that I am eating GLUTEN, duh!"

He felt okay on Saturday and Sunday, the excitement that he felt would have hid any icky feelings if there were any.

Monday he didn't have a BM, but we still went forth.

Today, Tuesday, I got a call from his teacher... he felt awful.
More than the pain in his belly, was the pain in his heart.
When I pulled up to pick him up from school he gave me a sideways smile. I scooped him up for a hug, I kissed his face all over and promised that I would make him the best Jack healthy bread ever.
I reminded him that some children do not have the chance to enjoy food at all. That some children have 2 foods they can eat and some have feeding tubes.
He gently nodded and wiped his tear and said, "I am sorry for them."
I told him he was lucky to go on a gluten adventure and asked him if it was worth the pain? and he said, "not really, but do you think I could go on another gluten vacation when I am 7?"
and I said, "of course! We'll plan it better then, you will eat a hamburger with a fluffy bun!"
He said, "That will be great!"
So, in 2 weeks we plan to go on a dairy vacation, in Children's hospital. I will keep you posted!

(Jack on Christmas)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


We have a new favorite around these parts... PIZZA!!!

All gluten, dairy, soy free products are NOT created equally. The rice crust that I attempted to use this morning, ended up in the garbage. It was flaky, dry, tasteless and falling apart!
"Rice Cheese" NEVER melts, and chunky sauce can make my 4 year old gag!

3 Key Ingredients make this possible:

1. DAIYA Cheese

It tastes like cheese, melts like cheese, stretches like cheese, can be sprinkled like cheese and best of all (as far as Jack is concerned) it looks like REAL cheese!

2. UDI'S Pizza Crust

This crust is soft, thick and the flavor is amazing!


The fresh taste and smooth consistency is super satisfying!

His pizza looked so delicious, his brother begged me for a slice!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


I received a special request for donuts!
I was up for the challenge. I used Cherrybrook Kitchen pancake mix and added less water to the mix. I fried it and then sprinkled some powdered sugar on top, SUCCESS!

APRIL 2010 - Easter for Jacky

This year Jacky got a chick. He was thrilled. Great Grandma Gracie catered to his needs and prepared a safe Easter dinner, just for Jack. It is wonderful to have such an amazingly supportive family. I actually cried when she told me that she made special mashed potatoes, just for him.

The BIG 4-0!

My boy is really growing and developing.
We were at Jack's pediatric appointment on Friday and he was 3'8" and 40 lbs!!!
I am so proud of him.

We started him in a parent co-op pre-school with a parent:child ratio of 1:4, knowing that there would be plenty of parents to keep him safe from offending foods. We were nervous to take the plunge into preschool, but he took right to it.
Jack brings his snack in his monkey bag, we provide his treats for birthdays and when they do cooking projects, Jack goes first and we substitute ingredients.
It has been amazing to see his personality develop. For the first time in his life, he has friends.

He also started Ranitidine about 2 months ago. He is hardly screaming anymore. We were experiencing at least 2, 1-3 hour fits per day, plus night screaming. GONE! He also decided to relax in the potty area and now he is POTTY TRAINED!!!
We tried everything; singing potty chair, Small Skivvies, Pirate Potty Book and Hat, treats, gifts, excursions, etc... Nothing worked.
Suddenly, about a month ago, he decided that it was time and that was that.

We are so pleased with his growth and development.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine Swap!

This year my boys are 3 and 5. They compare EVERYTHING! So, we decided to make their Valentine treats the same.

Step one - buy 2 of the cheapest little boxes of chocolate ever
Step two - eat the chocolates out of one of the boxes
Step three - buy your little FPIES kiddo his/her favorite candies, cookies or treats
Step four - wash out the little box, to avoid contamination
Step five - fill the box with safe treats for your child, put the lid on
Step six - gift your children their boxes of "chocolates"

Here's to a normal, safe and wonderful Valentines Day!

Monday, January 11, 2010


When Jacky was first diagnosed, I googled FPIES and Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome.


Nothing at all.
I was afraid and I felt totally alone.
So I posted the video of him reacting to soy on YouTube.
This video is a record of myself taking Jack to his doctor to give him soy and video tape his reaction. No one believed me, our pediatrician and all of the doctors that had dealt with Jack did not think that he was suffering from more than a flu. The pediatrician in this video believed that Jack's episodes were tantrum related. I had to prove her wrong, I had to prove the world wrong, I owed it to Jack.
Now it has had 6,095 views.

The video has been used in American and European medical research and conferences.

Still feeling alone in the battle, I began a blog, which has helped us meet other parents of kids with FPIES.

Then came the support group. 58 families with children with FPIES visit and share their experiences, recipes, regrets, hope and friendship.

We have helped each other find doctors, made helpful phone calls to one another, organized play-dates with each other, supported each other during hospital stays, etc...

I want to thank all of you!

Jack wants to thank all of you!!!

(by the way, google FPIES now, it's amazing!)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Safety

The Halloween Breakfast Menu:
Canadian Bacon Full Moon
Bloody Fried Potatoes
Mochi Body Parts brushed with honey
Vampire Hemp Milk

We planned ahead this year and bought Jack safe treats and toys. He trick or treated the typical way for about 2 hours, then we switched out his bag. We have a family rule, no one eats anything till we get home, so there are no accidents. It was fantastic.

He ate:

Gummy Crabby Patties

Ring Pops

Pumpkin Peeps

Candy Corn

Light up Gummy Pumpkins

he got molding dough to play with

He got a rash from his face makeup, but that's it!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Just Rice.

Let me just say, the other day we stopped at Panda Express and Jacky was starving, so I had to put my thinking cap on. I saw a man next to me order the white rice, so I asked them if it was just rice, no oils, additives or anything. They said no, just rice, I know that not all FPIES kids can have rice, but Jacky can. We snagged a ketchup packet from the Wing Stop next door. So he ate a huge bowl of white rice, mixed with ketchup. He ate the whole bowl. I know that the rice couldn't have been that different from the rice I serve. He just felt completely normal, sitting at a restaurant, eating out of the same type of bowl as his brother. It was a happy moment.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

In Love!

Jack is now 36 pounds and 38 inches tall.

Some of that weight can be contributed to Cherrybrook Kitchen.

Jack just LOVES to bake their yellow cake with chocolate and white frosting. He feels just like a "normal" kid, sticking his fingers in the frosting jar.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Prevacid the Miracle Drug

Since my last entry, we have started giving Prevacid before dinner every night. It has worked wonders! No more night screaming at all! He must've been in some pretty serious pain. I am so thankful to have my Jacky back, I am also so thankful that I do not have a newborn at this time. I can't handle the constant waking to screams in the night. :]

So the other night we went to the county fair and grandma got Jack a big bag of cotton candy. He can actually have it. Surprisingly the ingredients were almost purely sugar. I know that is not really surprising at all! So Jack now has a new favorite, COTTON CANDY!