Firstly, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. The comments both here and at Facebook, the emails, the phone calls...it made me feel very loved and thankful for each of you. Parenting is hard hard work, and what do people do if they don't have a community of others to hold onto? I needed you, and you were there. Thank you.
Secondly, I didn't really intend to go two weeks without an update. But we went on vacation, you see.
I forgot to tell you.
Major roadtrip to Trees of Mystery and Six Flags and San Francisco, and then over to Reno, Nevada with a side excursion to Lake Tahoe.
From the Redwood Forests to the Tahoe waters, this roadtrip was made for you and me. Okay, not really for you, but that song is stuck in my head.
It was a grand and glorious vacation, although it wasn't quite perfect because we were missing one very important person from our trip. Yes, Jules stayed home with grandparents. We decided that she would have had a really hard time in the car and keeping her away from the food at the amusement park would have killed us. Plus, she needed some individual attention and Sydney needed some individual attention, and so we did the road trip and Jules did days at the zoo, and rides in grandpa's dump truck, and play time with cousins, and a birthday party. It was what it was, and even though I took lots of pictures (which eventually I'll share here), we intentionally didn't take a family photo since Jules wouldn't have been in it.
And speaking of Jules, today I got the results back on her blood work.
She's perfectly healthy.
No food allergies, no lead poisoning, no high thyroid or low thyroid. Of course, this is good news in that she's healthy and, technically, she can eat whatever she wants.
So. That's that.
Nevertheless, I'm not convinced that food isn't still affecting her in some way. We're still going to do the gluten free/dairy free diet for a few months and see how it goes. Already we've noticed that her emotional intensity has lowered somewhat. And we're starting to see more of the old Jules, who admittedly is still a spirited kid, but we can do spirited. Between the diet and homeopathic remedies, and twice weekly visits to the naturopath, I think we're making progress. Jules is a smart kid, and she has quite an awareness about her emotional state that belies that fact that she is only four. When I ask her how she's feeling, she says she's feeling better. "Sometimes I get angry, but I'm not angry as before. I don't know exactly how I'm feeling, but I think I'm better."
Oh, my sweet girl. She's trying. And we're trying.
And one way or the other, we'll get there.