One thing I haven't shared with you is Grayson's struggle with eczema. Really, it's not just HIS struggle, but mine and Joey's as well. It burdens our hearts, because it truly torments Grayson both night and day.
I know that lots of children struggle with eczema - and to different degrees. Let me just say, I know that things could be a LOT worse. So, I don't want to complain. I DO want to talk about our experience with it.
(This is not Grayson's skin. But, I wanted to show the picture I googled because it looks a lot like the rashes on various parts of his body.)Everyday Challenges:
I would show you pictures of all the medicated creams, lotions, ointments and oils we have been prescribed by different dermatologists and doctors, but, frankly, I don't have that kind of time - there are too many to hunt down. And none of them bring any kind of relief!
Some seasons are better than others, but lately, his skin has gotten so irritated, he's been grabbing our fingers and placing them on his body or face to scratch it for him.
There's nothing worse than not being able to ease your child's misery - it's such a powerless feeling.
When putting him to sleep, it's like trying to wrestle an alligator. He'll contort to scratch an itch, or rub his hands on my chest.
When we go places, we often get comments on his hands (they have scabs from itching and are very red). My eye doctor asked if Grayson got into poison ivy. No. People inquire, "what happened?"
While I know they are [rightfully] concerned, it makes me sad. My son's skin is my soft spot - you know, the one we all have that we carry around like an emotional bruise that can get pushed.
Going Gluten Free:
It's time to regulate his diet in order to discover a possible connection to his eczema outbreaks. Today is Day 1 of his GF diet. We are also limiting dairy as much as possible. So, I went to AKiN's to buy some special foods not offered in regular stores. Holy coconuts! The cost of this food is atrocious! $6.49 for this little box of chicken nuggets?? I jokingly thought, "Joey may be donating plasma twice a month to cushion the costs of this new diet!" Realistically, this pregnant lady will need to become educated on GF recipes and get savvy with the food planning.
I'm praying that his new diet helps with his skin and overall behavior. I just want him to be healthy and happy, and Joey and I will go to the ends of the earth to make this happen.
Thought For the Day: Any suggestions on gluten free foods would be greatly appreciated, as well as tips or supporting advice. Thanks, readers!