Hey Ladies... I know it's been forever since I wrote here. I hope everyone's little one had a fantastic 3rd birthday! I have a few updates... and i would need you ladies to tell me if you know anyone who has experienced these things that I'm about to mention.
Firstly, Alexa was diagnosed with alopecia areata. She had a bad case of the gastrointestinal virus in the middle of April and shortly after started losing her hair in patches. She lost about 40% of her scalp hair so far. It looks like it stopped for the most part and we do see some regrowth, but the dr's say that it could take about 6-12 months to see any new results. We are applying a corticosteroid cream to her scalp in hopes that it would speed up the hair growth. Do any of you ladies know anything about this disorder? All I know is that it is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks the hair follicles causing them to fall out. Nobody in my family or my husbands have ever had this type of thing. We are worried that she may actually lose all her scalp hair... it worries me sick actually... I just want her to lead a happy normal life and having this disorder may make it harder for her to do that. I'm hoping the hair will grow back and that this will never occur again. The good thing about this disorder is that it doesn't affect her in any way... she still plays, laughs and is very healthy and it's in no way life threatening.... it's just hair. So if anyone knows anything about this... please share... I don't know anyone who has had this.
Secondly... As you may know I'm pregnant with my third and it's a boy this time! At our 19 week ultrasound we were told that his kidneys were mildly swollen... so they told me i needed to be monitored every month to see how they progress. I am now 26 weeks and they have gotten bigger... now they are considering me to be high risk. The good news is that everything else with the baby is perfect. We did the Integrated Prenatal SCreening at 12 weeks and were told that the chanced of Down's is 1 in 33000 and 1 in 22000 for trisomy18. They did a level II ultrasound to rule out anything else and thank God found nothing other than the kidneys. The bladder is good... and the amniotic fluid is also good, I guess those are the things they look for to ensure that the baby is peeing. Anyways at our last ultrasound the right kidney measured 15mm and the left 11mm. These are really high numbers and the doctors think that the baby may have an obstruction in the ureter and baby may need surgery shortly after birth. Has anyone ever dealt with or heard of this kind of thing? I just want this baby to be born healthy... I've been dealing with so many things these past few months and I'm trying not to stress out about htings (And I think I'm doing a pretty good job about it) but it is hard. If you read this far... thank you... Hope all you guys are doing well...!
So, I can't remember if I mentioned we went to see a Naturopathic doctor concering Alexa's condition. We ended up doing an allergy/mineral absorption test about 3 weeks ago and just got the results yesterday. Apparantly she has a severe dairy and egg allergy. The Doc thinks that this is what could have triggered her alopecia areata and that once it's fixed her immune system should get back to normal. Her body is taking "healthy" cells from her hair follicles and using them in the GI tract. She does have a bit of a distended tummy... but I always thought was just toddler belly. Our family doctor never seemed concerned about it so we didn't take it any further. She did have that epigastric hernia which was repaired last September... so all this ties in to her allergy. I have to eliminate these foods from her diet which is going to be very hard as she LOVES cheese and yogurt and eggs. Anyone elses little one have milk allergies that have good recipes they could share? I think I may need to go to a book store and get a specialty cookbook of some sort. It's hard because milk and egg are in everything. Anyways thanks for reading and thanks for all the hugs. We really appreciate it!