She was such the sweetest little darling, but I always felt deep down inside something wasn’t quite right. I had to try and put these feelings aside and try not to compare her to our son when he was a newborn. I remember saying to myself a lot, “Elyse, every child is different.” So, I just carried on, trying to make her happy.
Hattie was immediately put on a gluten free diet. In addition, they took her off all dairy due to her bowels and stomach being so damaged. She had to have gluten free formula fed through a feeding tube. It was a slow healing process before we could start her on solid food again.
As a few days went by, we were finally able to get solid food into her. Yay! It was a small step, but I was over the moon. She was starting to look better, she started playing with toys, something she never did before and she started laughing. Things were looking up. We finally got to take her home, well back to the Canberra Hospital near home, where we stayed a few more days and finally we could take her HOME!!!! What a wonderful feeling to bring her home. Every five days we had to take a trip back to the hospital to get her little cannula she had in her leg changed, for her blood thinning needles, and for a check up. We did this for the next three months, then finally we could stop the needles, the blot clot was gone and she was recovering from everything so well.
Hattie now is 18 months old and its been six months since she has been in the hospital. She is better then ever. She’s been putting on weight, growing, walking, and saying words. She loves food again, she laughs, she is happy and healthy. Our family is so much happier and we feel blessed to have our little Hattie back. It’s amazing.
At first, the thought of a Gluten Free diet scared me. I felt very unsure how I was going to cook and find gluten free foods she would enjoy. The first time I went shopping I was anxious and cried in the supermarket aisle while trying to read the labels. I felt like a useless mum. How was I going to do this? Each day I got better at reading the labels and now my grocery shopping doesn’t take an extra hour. I know what to look for. Knowledge is awesome. Once you have the knowledge you can make anything gluten free taste good.
I’m thankful for the amount of gluten free products that are available now. It makes being gluten free a lot easier. My daughter and I love going to gluten free cafés together. Deeks Cafe in Canberra ACT is our favorite place where I don’t have to worry what she’s eating. We can just eat and laugh together.
Aldi Supermarkets are selling a lot of gluten free foods now, and affordable too, which is great, because we are a one income family. Gluten free foods are not always affordable, but Aldi’s stocks delicious snacks that Hattie can eat, and we can afford. Yay!
I would like to say to any mums and dads out there who are going through what we did, it’s ok, it’s NOT your FAULT! I had no idea she had Celiac disease. I did everything I thought was right, but I personally felt I failed her as a parent. I now know that I didn’t fail her and her recovery shows how hard I have worked to help her get healthy. If you feel your child is unsettled or anything like what Hattie symptoms were, consider getting tested for Celiac disease. Knowledge is awesome, and we couldn’t be happier now and healthy!”
Elyse certainly struggled trying to figure out what was wrong with her daughter, but she was determined to find answers. She didn’t give up. She persevered through a trying time, but her hard work, knowledge, and love for her daughter helped Hattie on the road to recovery.
Elyse, I commend you for not giving up, for insisting on answers, persevering through the difficult times, and doing everything it took to get your daughter healthy. Your story reminds me of this Bible verse:
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
May the Lord bless you and Hattie and your family! Thank you for sharing your story with us. Praise the Lord that she is happy, healthy, and thriving!
Tips and Information from Elyse.
Elyse is from Canberra, Australia. She says that although Australia doesn’t have as many choice for gluten free as the US, their selection and choices are growing and getting better everyday.
Elyse’s Favorite Restaurant for Gluten Free Meals: Deeks Cafe and Black Pepper Cafe, both in Canberra, Australia
Elyse’s Three Favorite Tips for Going Gluten Free: Research, knowledge and create! When you research, you have knowledge of what you need to look for to cook with, once you have that knowledge, the sky’s the limit. Don’t be afraid of Gluten Free, have fun with it, you are the creator.
The hardest part of being gluten free for Elyse: Not always being able to find food when out shopping with my daughter and there isnt any Gluten Free food stores around, for this reason i always have her bag loaded up with GF snacks.
The Best Part of Being Gluten Free For Elyse and Hattie: I know that my daughter is healthy and happy being Gluten Free and I cant ask for anything better then that.
Elyse’s Favorite GF Blogger in Australia: Two Silly Sisters.
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