Van cannot have milk

Van cannot have milk.

 He cannot have any milk products, soy and he even cannot lactaid milk.  The doctor recommended rice milk.  I  actually like rice milk, this will be a very difficult adjustment for Van.) 

               I am sorry Van.
                                    I am so sorry.

I took Van to his first allergy appointment today. I had suspected that something was wrong but I wasn’t sure. I don’t want to get too graphic here but he was having some issues. After I described what was going on to the doctor and the nurse, they came up with a few options. First they said Van might be lactose intolerant and then they said he could also have celiac. The doctor said that his symptoms really sound like celiac disease. After doing some research on my own, I have found out that there are a lot of people who are lactose intolerant and have celiac The doctor said it was very common and that the cases are rising.
When he was a baby he threw up a lot. I just thought he was eating too much and then throwing it up but it seems that was not the case.
  AHHH As I looked back on these events in the doctor’s office, I was feeling very foolish for not noticing it sooner. The doctor believes that he has a lactose intolerance and that is why he threw up so much when he was little.
Today Van eats lots of cheese, yogurt, milk. I mean he only eats the cheese on his pizza. Is there another option other than milk or soy. How can I replace his cheese?
After speaking with the nurse and the doctor, Van had a scratch test done. He is highly allergic to spinach. It sounds strange to me but he broke out in hives. I like spinach but we don’t eat it often and When I do have it the kids won’t eat it. I love it! So sorry Van. Nothing else can up, I was relived but the doctor said if he has a wheat or milk intolerance it would not show up on a scratch test.

Van has another appointment in two weeks but I have some questions.

If we are eliminating soy what about soy lectin?
I assume that he cannon have whey (from what I know that is a milk protein)?
What can I give him for cheese?
And what is up with this spinach thing?

My big concern in celiac disease. I started looking through my kitchen tonight for things that I could feed Van. I guess I have to get used to reading labels very carefully.


A Work in Progress

Ok! So maybe I am taking this a little too far with this blogging stuff, but I am really excited about it. I have create four blogs! Four I know I am crazy!
Anyway I wanted one blog to write personal stuff about me and my family. Things that I want to vent about or talk about. Just your basic blog.
Then I wanted another one so I can work on my book. I figure I can rework some parts of my book and make it better. The more I write the more my writing will be better.
Then I wanted a place to write ideas down. I wanted a place where I can really work on writing and telling stories without showing it to everyone. This is my private blog.
Finally I made one that I would like to become my professional blog. When I do write something that I love and that I am ready to publish I can put it here.

I am really excited about all of this. I said that before, but now my goal is to keep up with these blogs.