We had an appointment with Will's doctor the other day to go over his blood and urine test results. On the way to the doctor's office, I got all freaked out with the "what ifs." What if Will's tests show allergies to foods like soy, nuts, etc.? What if he has a gluten intolerance and we need to put him on a gluten-free diet? I definitely wasn't prepared for the what ifs, but figured there wasn't much I could do to prepare at that point.
Here's what we found out about our little guy (at least I'm going to try to remember as best I can - there was a lot of information in a short amount of time)...
Will has a ton of yeast in his system. This tends to be the case for kids like Will. The yeast can cause all sorts of issues, including hyperactivity which has been a huge issue for Will. In order to control the yeast, we need to limit Will's intake of foods that can cause yeast in his system - this includes things like bread, but also things with a lot of sugar like certain fruits (strawberries for example), juices and soda. We will also be giving Will a prescription anti-fungal that should also help with the yeast build up.
Will definitely has a dairy intolerance, so we are to continue the dairy-free diet. The tests didn't show any gluten intolerance, but we've also started to limit Will's gluten intake. Based on some of the other results, we have to limit Will's egg and red meat intake. Thank goodness he likes chicken and will occasionally eat some fish!
Another thing we were looking for was high metal levels in Will's system. His levels of lead and mercury weren't really high, but he did have elevated levels of aluminum in his system. As such, we are going to try chelation to see if we can get Will to process those metals out of his body. We'll be working on getting some additional urine samples this weekend to see if this cream the doctor gave us might do the trick!
So that's it in a nutshell. Hopefully we'll continue to see Will improve as we try these different dietary and biomedical interventions along with his traditional therapies. He continues to surprise us and give us hope everyday.