We’ve had a few stressful months around here. My husband was very ill and it took a toll on the girls as well. Thankfully SpecialDad has been diagnosed with celiac disease and it’s completely treatable with a gluten free diet. He’s been gluten free for about 2 weeks now and we’re already noticing the difference. He still has a way to go since he lost so much weight. Moral of the story is listen to your wife the first time she tells you to get your ass to the doctor so that you don’t end up in the ER for 2 nights and have to take time off work. Did I say that out loud? Yes? Oh well.
Angel was having a very hard time with the stress when Daddy was sick. She started acting out at home, doing things she knew she shouldn’t be doing. I won’t get into details, but it was a bit of regression on her part to previous behaviours. This made me more stressed because I was trying to take care of my husband and deal with her less than stellar behavior.
We made it though! I was in touch with Angel’s teacher via email to let him know what was going on so that he was aware of the situation and it made me feel better to know someone else was watching out for her when she was at school. She had a rough day or two at school, but she seems to have come through it all.
Now that Daddy has a diagnosis and is (almost) back to his former self, Angel seems to have her groove back. We realized that she didn’t understand the information we had given her about Celiac disease, so we sat down and explained it in simpler terms for her. We explained that Daddy has an allergy to wheat and can’t eat it because it makes him sick. We then told her that it was treatable and we had to try different foods without wheat or gluten in them. She was much happier after that.
Angel had her 6 month follow up with the pediatrician today. He was pleased to see she had gained weight and grown 1 1/2″! Angel also spoke directly to the doctor. There was a time when she wouldn’t talk to him at all! He talked to her very firmly but also gently about her regressed behaviours and told her that when she is feeling upset, or concerned, she needs to tell mommy and daddy and they will listen to her and help her. She seemed to take it all in rather well, so I’m hopeful things will keep going smoothly. She goes back again in another 6 months and we continue on.