Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Yogurt, take two!

You may remember that I gave Clark goat yogurt way back when, and it didn't go so well. Later I found out my thermometer was off on top of it, so that might have had something to do with it. Or it might not.

Anyway, I waited a long time to try it again. I meant to wait three months, but time slipped a bit past that mark.

I am happy to say that Clark handled the introduction of the goat yogurt MUCH better this time, and he is doing very well. Prior to the trial in late January, he had probably been entirely casein free for six months or so.

Remember that this is goat milk yogurt, which is entirely different from cow milk. Autistic kids cannot handle cow dairy. OK, maybe some can, but it's more the exception than the rule.

I also found out that cow dairy will make my arthritis flare. It's slow but I inevitably decline in my condition. Good to know.

So. Clark is up to about a teaspoon of the goat yogurt and he's doing great. When I increase, he does get a little stimmy for a couple days, but then he settles down. It's great!

Also, the last two nights, Clark has woken up at 5:30 a.m.! It's amazing. I am hoping the yogurt has something to do with that.

We have also had trouble getting out of stage 2. Clark doesn't tolerate many of the stage 2 veggies really well. But I thought I would try peas on stage 3. So far, no issues! I am really happy.

So, what's the lesson here? Everybody heals at their own pace. Just keep going. It's been six months on SCD and we're just barely getting into stage 3. A lot of people can move faster, but we just couldn't. So hang in there! :)


Kim (mom to Henry, 8) said...

Susan, we are mostly still on stage 2 too -- we began in 10/07 -- you are not alone! Slowly but surely things are improving. To each his own pace. I get a bit jealous when I read about folks racing thru the stages but I know that Henry needs to go more slowly to heal well. Kim

The SCD girl said...

Thanks Kim! Honestly, I kind of feel bad when people are rushing through the stages because so often, they end up confused with problems they can't solve, and then they have to backtrack.

I hate backtracking! :)