Today was our first grocery shopping trip with our major elimination diet. When I say major elimination, I mean I read every label. I did research before going to the store. I was not going to screw up by accidentally getting corn or dairy somehow. The first hiccup we hit was when I asked Chris, stupidly, if he wanted some shrimp ramen for quick meals when we are running late. Then I read the label. Did you know ramen has dairy in it? I sure did not. Then I said, “I wonder about pork…no, Bubba, I’m sorry this has dairy in it too.” His face fell, but he kept on trucking. I skipped the cereal aisle, because I had just bought some, went to the baking aisle where I bought spices for homemade taco seasoning. Store made stuff has corn in it. I had no idea until I read the labels.
Then we went to the chips. I needed chips for the boys and was also looking for crackers. We went down the chip aisle, and Chris got so excited because he wanted his favorite chips. What are his favorite chips? Cheddar Sour Cream Ruffles, which he can’t have. He asked for goldfish, and I had to tell him no. He asked for Cheese Itz, and I had to tell him no. This is when he started sobbing. I just stood there and cried with him as we hugged. We cried because it’s not fair. We cried because his life is not ever going to be normal. I cried because he is so tough and go with the flow, and he just wanted some chips, his favorite chips that he shares with his daddy.
This is going to be a lifestyle change for all of us. It’s not going to be easy, but we will all do it so we can make sure Chris is as healthy as he can be.