I believe this is Ellie 13th or 14th health care practitioner and retelling her health history has become an incredibly emotionally exhausting experience for me. After the meeting I just wanted to crawl into a corner to get over the emotional process of laying out all that's happened over the past two years. And in fact I did go home and had a really deep sleep during Ellie's nap.
Our counselor doesn't subscribe to one diet or another, but is instead incredibly well-versed in many healing diets and listened to our individual issues and story and will be recommending an individualized approach. Sensing that I am very terrified to move off the GAPS protocol, she did not push changing our dietary regimen right now. I am open to venturing away from GAPS someday, because I honestly have not been very happy with the experience thus far. But that day is definitely not today. Things aren't what I'd call great right now, but I certainly don't want them to get worse.
So instead our appointment focused on non-food things we can do to help Ellie feel better. She recommended:
- Supplementing magnesium. Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and supposedly helps both with sleep and pooping - two departments Ellie sorely needs help in. I bought something called Natural Calm at the health food store.
- Taking the S. Boulardii out of her supplement regimen. She said we should be focusing on increasing her probiotics right now. So instead of the S. Boulardi I'm going to be rubbing Oil of Oregano on Ellie's feet before bedtime to address Candida concerns.
- Making a tea out of Pau d'Arco, nettles, mint and goji berries. My brain is a little fuzzy on recalling the "why's" behind this one, but it made sense at the time. :)
- Feeding Ellie (and myself) apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning.
I am feeling really optimistic at the moment. I know a lot of moms are doing this GAPS thing alone and as I went through some genuinely scary times during Intro Ian and I realized we did not want to do this without some type of support. For a while I thought that support had to come in the form of a doctor (Western or naturopath) but that didn't work out. I think having someone who is educated on these issues and can address my concerns as they come up is going to be so incredibly helpful. After all, we are all individuals on our own healing paths, and all the answers to our unique challenges can't be found in one small book.