I always get worried when Jackson complains of anything physical. That’s the PTSD of cancer. I try not to let him know it worries me, but…he knows. He’s a smart kid.
This is why Everett and I make a good team. I tend towards the nurturing “Oh no, where does it hurt?” side and Ev tends toward the “Suck it up, I know you’re faking” side. Haha.
Off and on the last year, Jackson’s been complaining of a tummy ache. His labs, urine and physical exams have been fine. Believe me, they were checked. His pediatrician started him on Zantac the last visit for reflux, and I really hoped it would work, but it hasn’t. Jackson tells me his tummy hurts everyday at school after lunch. It hurts some after meals here too. I’ve seen his face, I know it really does.
I’m trying to figure out if it’s maybe a food intolerance? Or anxiety? The boy has a pretty intense personality. If it’s not those things, I’m guessing it’s a late effect from treatment. He did have a major abdominal surgery, plus his stomach was radiated. Jackson finished treatment when he was two and he’s seven now. Common sense says there’s been a lot of growing and shifting and scar tissue. That could be the culprit.
Since Ev and I have cut out gluten, dairy and sugar for the past three weeks, I’ve been surprised how much different I feel. Once I stopped sobbing in the corner of a dark room and uncurled from my fetal position…I’m kidding, the room was only half-dark…I felt more clearheaded. Maybe cookies and Frappuncinos have been my crack rock? Sweet, sweet cookies.
But I never feel bloated and the only time I had a stomachache was when I ate something I shouldn’t. I guess I’ve never cut out stuff to know that my body didn’t like it?
So, I think this week I’m going to cut gluten out for Jackson and see if that helps. He’s totally on board with it and has been planning his lunches. This will give us plenty of time before his April checkup at the oncologist to narrow down the issue. If his tummy still hurts without gluten, then I’ll put gluten back in and try dairy next. Those are usually the biggest culprits. After that, we’ll talk with Dr. Lowe and maybe go see a GI doctor.
And if all else fails, maybe a nervous stomach? We tried yoga last Sunday afternoon. Jackson picked the workout video “Yoga for Weight Loss” (based solely on the picture, of course), and after doing the warm up, he left me for monster trucks and I ended up doing it by myself. I almost died. Jackson told me you couldn’t die from working out, but I’m pretty sure I went towards the light at least once.
I’d love some comments on this one, guys. Any suggestions for try gluten free for Jackson? Or any other people or kids with this similar issue?