No such luck :(
Right now, they aren't too sick, and no fevers, but very snotty/stuffy noses. Actually, more so Sloane's nose than Knox's. We had been doing pretty good for a few months, minus their first ear infections. Yesterday, the doctor said Sloane did have a bit of irritation in one of hers; no fluid, just redness. So she is starting an antibiotic. As for the other junk, he said right now it's just a cold that they both have, of course. We are hoping it stays that way and passes quickly.
Unfortunately, he said that he really is seeing quite a bit of the flu and if it's optional, we may hold out for about two months on the church nursery. He said they are just at the age where everything goes to the mouth and it's almost impossible to sanitize and everything is super contagious. So, I guess we will see how they do from now until Sunday.
I know the sickies are inevitable and just part of life, but it seriously crushes my heart when they are sad and pitiful. I know they are building up immunities, which is a positive thing.
On a completely different note, at the first our last appointment, I talked to the pediatrician about my Celiac and wanting to get Knox & Sloane tested. He agreed that we really should as well. Since I've not been feeding them gluten, the biopsy test really wouldn't be an accurate option. It tests for damage. At this point, they probably wouldn't have much damage. Therefore, we are going to do the bloodwork.
I will say, again, that Knox hasn't had anymore skin issues since cutting gluten.
Though many have asked, I'm really not good at explaining many medical terms, but I do understand them pretty well. Basically, they will be checking to see if they have certain genes like I do. Studies have shown that genetic predisposition does play a pretty big part in Celiac Disease. It shows that 95% of people with Celiac basically have this genetic makeup. I looked around on a few sites for a in laymen's terms and I believe THIS site does a good job.
I believe there are various opinions on whether or not the bloodwork results/this genetic makeup can be considered an actual diagnosis of Celiac, but from what I've gathered, it's quite accurate and many doctor's are diagnosing with it. And as for Knox & Sloane, I'd much rather know their bloodwork/genetic makeup than to wait and have to check for damage with a biopsy, you know? I believe we are going to see a pediatric GI doctor in this process, too.
According to Celiac Central / National Foundation for Celiac Awareness an estimated 85% of Americans who have Celiac Disease go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions. More of there statistics here.
My PCP is pretty passionate about Celiac Disease and keeps up with many studies. Basically, doctors are figuring out that people's bodies are rejecting the gluten other ways, not just with GI issues. They've also found that people can be intolerant to gluten and not have actually Celiac Disease. I watched a special on Dr.Oz and he did a pretty good job of explaining that. Video is here. (It's part 1 of the segment and parts 2 & 3 are listed right underneath it. I believe part 2 shows the differences.)
I'll update once I know about Knox & Sloane!
So things were a bit fussy and irritable around here yesterday. Lots of cuddles, though, which are nice. I snapped some pics before and at the doctor. It was cold so we bundled up.
He looks like such a baby man in these, but you can tell he doesn't feel good...
I love Knox's "hi" :)
*The hats were a gift so I'm not sure where they are from, but I can find out!