Monday, June 29, 2009

What comes after the second guess?

Today Baby-Lo had an operation to insert grommets after around about 8 ear infections in the last 12 months. And this afternoon, we had an email from an allergy specialist dietician friend of Super-dad's who is happy to meet with us, and who fears the reflux/ear infections may be caused by a food allergy OTHER than the suspected milk allergy we've been eliminating for in the last month.

That dull thud you can hear is the sound of me banging my head against a wall, and that pitter patter sound is my brain as it flip flops from feeling like we've done the right thing (there was lot's of gunk in both ears when we thought the issue was only in 1 ear), to feeling like I've missed at least part of another potential cause (and I ought to have done more to investigate before turning to surgery for my little darling girl).

I ought to just feel relief that my daughter is fine. Instead I feel like we might be just at the beginning of another uphill climb to get some answers.


  1. I'll email you later but my first thought is this:

    Is it possible that the cause of her pain etc has been related to the ears and not the dairy/reflux?

    And maybe now they have cleared them for her, she will be pain free and can relax and sleep better at night?

    I was thinking this the other day when you mentioned being concerned about the milk content of your latte. I was thinking that for her to have such a violent reaction the dairy allergy would have to be pretty severe, and given her previous consumption of direct dairy (ie. not through BM) I reckon it is highly unlikely to have been the fault of your latte.

    That's just my take on this as a non-medic looking at it all.

    Hope you are ok? Please don't regret the grommets procedure. I really think now more than ever that it was the best step you have taken.

    Give her a few days to settle down after the op and I bet she will start to break the unsettled behaviour habits as her body recovers.


  2. Thanks my dear. It was a rough night around here, but it can only be better tonight, right?

  3. I just found your blog through links of links. I bf'd my son exclusively through a dairy and egg allergy. I could not even have food that was processed with dairy or came into contact with dairy. I know it's hard, you just have to do what you think is right! I hope your little one is on the mend and feeling better soon!

  4. Thanks RamblingMummy - it's good to know it's possible!