*Image from flickr
Well, after 4 calls to the doctor's office and a week after we were supposed to have the results, we got the confirmation that Witt is indeed allergic to cow's milk. I really thought it would have been the peanut butter on crackers left out for Nathan that caused the anaphylactic reaction in Witt, but no... it was the cow's milk in his first bottle of formula. Honestly, I was hoping it was peanuts because I thought peanuts would be an easier allergy to handle as more people are aware of the severity of peanut allergies and because milk is in EVERYTHING at my house. (He still could be allergic to peanuts, though. The allergy test on the blood gives a lot of false negatives. He'll be getting the scratch test on Tuesday for peanuts, egg whites, and egg yolk to verify.)
I must say that I kind of fell apart the night we got the results as I had been living in denial for two weeks. But now, reality sets in. I must change our eating habits. Immediately. Especially mine as I am breastfeeding. Think about it: No milk. No cheese. No creamer in the coffee. No sour cream. No butter. No mac-n-cheese. No casseroles made with cream of something. No church potluck suppers. No buffet dinners. No chocolate! I'm still really new to all this and there might be some good substitutions for these items; I don't know. I will say that I was pleasantly surprised at the vanilla soy milk. Even Will liked it - which was a SHOCKER!!!
Now I just need to find a no-milk cookbook and practice with new recipes. I like cookbooks... I like new recipes, but I usually like them with lots of cheese. *smile* Oh well. Maybe I will find something better and won't feel like I'm lacking the good ol' comfort foods of the south. We'll be getting more veggies and maybe even try some tofu... wow, can't believe I said (wrote) that. ;) [Please don't think that I have any hesitation in changing our diets. Witt's life is far more precious than cheese! We will do whatever it takes to keep our children safe and healthy. It can be done with a sense of humor though!]
If you are interested in learning more about milk allergies, please read this article. As my first real search for information on the internet, I found it very helpful and not too overwhelming. Also, if you have dealt with anaphylactic milk allergies in your family, I'd love to hear how you have handle it all. (A great big thank you to Mom Unplugged and Melissa at Through My Window for all your support and suggestions so far!!)