I am the mother of three beautiful children. This is not the first time I am posting. I was on here quite a bit when my oldest, a 6 year old little girl was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis back in March. That was such a difficult time and this website gave me much needed information and most of all encouraging words at a dark time. I wanted to give an update on her condition.
(You can read that story as well which was written March of 2012 when Kristin talks about her daughter’s bloody stools and the worry that her young daughter would have problems with compliance on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet here: http://www.ihaveuc.com/5-year-old-with-ulcerative-colitis/)
Good News With My Daughter’s Colitis:
She started having bloody diarrhea in December and by the end of February she was having it up to ten times a day. She looked pale, thin and not like my normal happy little girl. The first round of prednisone stopped the bleeding … but only temporarily. We had a month of normal bathroom trips but just as the school year ended it started again. This time the prednisone did not do anything except make her eat like a horse. Her condition got worse and she ended up in the hospital for a blood transfusion. Over this period of time I began reading everything I could get my hands on. I wasn’t sleeping because of the stress so I stayed up at night googling her condition. The bleeding finally got under control at the hospital because I put her on a broth only diet. We continued with SCD when she got home. My hope is that we never have to experience the hopelessness again. And I truly feel that if she eats what she is supposed to we won’t have to. I am happy to report that she is doing awesome right now and is one happy first grader. I am always cautiously optimistic but we have been practicing SCD for a few months now and I have seen this diet absolutely work.
If you are suffering and haven’t tried it please do yourself a favor and make the attempt. The two times I let her cheat (once too spicy red beans from a restaraunt and another cake, yogurt, and tortillas at a bridal shower) she started bleeding again and I felt defeated. We went back to serious basics. Lots of broth, scrambled eggs and bananas and by weeks end both times she was back to normal. She is also on sulphasalazine 3x’s a day, VSL probiotic, and a detoxifying supplement from the nutritionist. It took a short while to get used to the diet but preparing food that is SCD legal is really second nature now. I really just wanted to share the happy news and if my story encourages just one person to try SCD my typing this feels well worth it.
Written by Kristin
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