Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Healthy B and Biomed

B is doing good.  Really, really good.  I think my last post was just B struggling with the 'back from grandma's' transition.  His meltdowns are very few.  His shoulder tic happens, but I think only I notice.  It's very small now.  He's following directions in a timely fashion.  He's taking his vitamins and supplements like a champ (5 at once!).  He even slowed down enough today to take a nap!  That never happens!  He's counting well and identifying numbers.  I am so thankful for his gains.  It's these peaceful times I begin to question everything.  Maybe we're just making a mountain out of a molehill.  What if I gave him beef (or pork, or an apple, or watermelon, or......)? Maybe he's okay.  But I know he's doing so well because of the biomed.  I have to remind myself of that.  Sixteen months ago, his health was in a very different place.

A few days ago, I took the kids to the park.  I watched as B and Jilly ran ahead of me and then climbed onto the giant boat.  As they played, I realized how healthy B looks.  He's still very thin, but tall. His under eye circles are completely gone.  His face has filled out a little.  He is beautiful....and happy.  I am so grateful to God for guiding us in the right direction for B.  Our doctor has worked miracles for our little boy.

 If you, or your child suffer from food allergies, asthma, eczema, migraines, arthritis, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, tics, arthritis, GI problems, autism, sensory issues, ADHD.....I can recommend an awesome doctor.  And don't worry, biomed is not medical voodoo.  Our doc is a real MD.  Biomed is getting to the root cause of a symptom before any treatment is prescribed.  Biomed is not putting a band-aid on a symptom with a pharmaceutical.  It is a completely individualized treatment plan.  Any course of treatment is decided only after test results are viewed.  How refreshing is that?  For B, seeking biomedical treatment has been life changing.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Banana Shakes

Holy meltdown Batman!  This evening was a little rough.  B is in his literal mode again.  Asking Jilly questions that he knows she will answer in a silly manner.
B: Do sharks live in the ocean?
 Jilly: No, they live on a plate.
B (enraged); NO!!! They live in the OCEAN!
Jilly: No, they live in toast.
B (screaming): NOOO!!! THEY. LIVE. IN. THE. OCEAN!!!!  Mommmm!  Jillian says sharks don't live in the ocean!

Random questions met with silly responses and followed by meltdowns a million times over.  B is having trouble focusing, his vocal tic is making a small appearance and the shoulder tic is back.  Add this to some spinning, hyperactivity, and chair crashing.  I'm thinking something is up.  Either A) He's just having a hard time adjusting to coming home after a week with Grandma.  B) He's eaten something that was 'contaminated' with an allergen.  C) He's developed a new allergy. D) He's about to come down with a virus.  Guess we'll wait and see.

I have been completely exhausted this week.  So tired that the thought of doing anything past 3 o'clock seems impossible.  Erik has been wonderful at keeping the dishes loaded and clean.  I'm wondering if a virus is about to strike....or maybe we're all having a little trouble adjusting to our week back home.  I apologize for not blogging more of the conference.  It was a busy time with activities late into the evening.  Hopefully Erik will blog more sessions soon.

I made the BEST EVER smoothie tonight!  B said it was a little sweet, but Jilly and I thought it tasted like a banana milkshake.  First, the almond butter needs to be prepared.

Almond Butter
1 c raw almonds
2 c water
Soak the almonds for 12 hours.  After they are soaked, dehydrated them.  Sounds backward, but soaking the almonds makes them easier to digest.  You could probably roast them instead of dehydrating them if you don't have a dehydrator handy.

Add dehydrated almonds to blender or food processor.  Blend.  If not sticking together, add palm shortening or coconut oil as needed.  Blend.  Add a touch of maple syrup if more sweetener is needed.

Banana "milk" Shake
1 1/2 bananas
almond milk (eyeball it)
a few icecubes
a big spoon full of almond butter

Blend.  Enjoy....and then sneak sips of your children's shakes while they are not looking :)