With the help from our Duke speech therapist, Duke ENT, and Raleigh ENT doctors, kidlet is on her way to beating VCD. She got some new vocal cord exercises that singers use, and she worked hard on her VCD breathing exercises.
Another HUGE thing that helped was food allergy trial diet, at the suggestion of kidlet’s allergist. She said that since kidlet was allergic to so many indoor/outdoor allergens, that she should see if she is allergic to any foods as well, and the only really good way to do that was to stop eating the most common food allergens. She eliminated wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts, shellfish, soy, corn for a month. It turned out that she felt better than she has in years when she eliminated the wheat from her diet. The keratosis pilaris on her upper arms is gone. Her energy level is way up. Her attitude is better. She is making more friends at school, and her teachers noted that she is contributing more in class.
I had a hard time believing this could be possible, but Katie’s Duke ENT told me to read this article about Novak Djokovic, the world champion tennis player. I about fell out of my seat. Djokovic was 13 when it first started, and he had no energy, and doctors thought he had asthma because his main complaint was trouble breathing. His parents had an ITALIAN RESTAURANT, so all he ate was gluten in bread and in pasta, just like my kidlet. A doctor put him on a gluten free diet, and his performance went from unpredictable, just like my kid was, to world champion.
I can say for the first time in 3 years, kidlet has won 3 of her best events in swimming, 100m breastroke and 200m IM and 400m IM. This was nothing short of amazing. More to come….