Saturday, November 22, 2008

An update on Will

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.


Dawn Heimburger said...

Dawn, excellent findings!! Now you can start the cleanse. Our doc here in St. Louis who is a dan dr ( uses Nystatin alot. Also wanted to tell you check Will's deodorant. Aluminum is the number 1 ingredient in most of them. That is why I use an organic deodorant made with aloe vera and no aluminum. It works great.~ Dawn Heimburger

Sarah Sape said...

I'm glad you found a doctor that is willing to investigate and try differnt solutions. It's going to be tough not to give Will cookies, candies, and all the other stuff kids love to eat. XOXO

Suzy said...

You are doing a great job with Will! It is good that the tests showed something so that you have a path to go down. I hope the changes you make bring out the best in Will!