We had our appointment with the allergist and the good news is he currently has NO allergies.  Not even to our dog or cats!  And we were just about to have a party until we realized that the test results mean this journey is not over yet.

So, the news is bittersweet.  We are struggling with the unknown, but after changing our diets so much lately, I do know that it is a blessing to not have another food item taken off of the list.

The rice milk seems to be helping, and at this point, as long as we stay on track we are basically done with testing.  If he does relapse, then our next step is a GI specialist.  We also scheduled time with the behavioral specialist for later in the month, and they encouraged us to keep the appointment even if we see change.

One thing I have come to realize through all of this is not only what I am made of, but what my friends are made of.  I don’t know if it’s because I am getting older, or just because I am busy with my new business, but I just have no desire to maintain surface level relationships.  I have recently reached out to a couple of people whom I didn’t know well (but we are all leaders of the same ministry) for help understanding some of Caterpilliars behavioral issues since they have children who have diagnosed behavioral issues.  They were not only unfriendly and unhelpful, but they were borderline rude.  It was discouraging.

But, looking back now, I think it’s good that things happened the way they did.  As a result of their actions, I was forced to rely on God, our journey group members, and myself to figure things out for my baby and family.  Not being able to leave the house much (due to the screaming cranky baby that would be in tow) I’ve had the opportunity to sit back and watch the way people interact.  I am saddened to find how many people are desperate to be a part of something, and will forsake all beliefs in order to join the crowd.

I know God has blessed me with time away from that.  He’s given me wonderful friends and support through our journey group and revealed truths that I would not have seen if I had been a part of the chaos.  So, if at the end of this long journey, the doctors throw their hands up in the air and say they don’t know what is going on, I feel confident that this has all happened for at least one good reason.