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We have also had to deal with a lot of medical issues. Over a year ago, Taylor started getting sick all of the time. I took her to a dr. who literally told her it was all in her head. Then, about 6 months later she started wasting away, and developed an awful skin rash. She was sent to the school nurse on many occasions to have it "covered" since it looked so bad. She was so sick! The dr. finally ordered some blood work. The first thought was that she had hepatitis. Thankfully we were able to rule that out. Finally, it was determined that she had mono, but it was so severe that they weren't sure if something else was going on. After 4 months of severe illness, missing way too much school, she was sent to a gastroenterologist to figure her out. They ran a lot of tests on her and gave us a bunch of strange possible diagnosis' (digestion disorders that would require a lifetime of liquid diets).
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|Taylor and Jax goofing off|
|Jax about to get an endoscopy|
This is a hard disease to deal with. I am working on wrapping my brain around all the restrictions and changes this is going to mean for my whole family. I am planning on having all my kids tested, but regardless of the results, we will all be going gluten-free (hopefully it will help with Levi's asthma, Tristan's migraines and Jordan's constant stomach aches). This is going to require a lot of planning, practicing, and diligence (none of which are my strong suits!). It is also going to change a lot of our family practices (eating out, holiday dinners and traditions, eating at friends houses, birthday parties, bringing our own bread to sacrament!, etc). Jaxson has had mini meltdowns every day as I have to inform him that he can't have some of his favorite snacks or treats anymore.
It is also going to be hard to get Mike on board. He doesn't even want to be tested let alone change his diet even more (he recently worked really hard and lost 40 lbs!). In the long run I know it will be a very good thing for my family to learn together how to manage this disease. It will also likely really help me along on my journey to lose weight and get healthy again! I'm not the most positive person, but I'm going to try to make this diagnosis be the best thing that has happened to us in years! I love my kids so much and want them to be and feel healthy and great. Wish us luck!