Alpha-Gal Syndrome

So what exactly is alpha gal allergy. It is an allergy that has been recently discovered that prevents people from eating red meat because an allergic reaction. They are still researching but it has been found to be caused by lone star ticks and chiggers.

So my daughter was diagnosed from a blood test with this allergy test last June 2019.

At first I was shocked but I wasn’t upset because I have faith that everything is going to work out. Yes I want to cry but I was at work so I sucked it up. I couldn’t cry at home because my husband was gone to an archery tournament and I was the only one caring for the kids. I didn’t want her to worry.

It is hard to have to tell your kid she can’t do something, especially when she loves something. When I sat her down she thought I was joking. She just turned 11 and she loves Spaghetti and meatballs, ribs and jerky. She can no longer eat “hairy meats” My daughter was upset but handled it well, and first thing that came to mind for her was no jerky. She handled it better than most adults would and she completely understood what was going on.

There is a chance this can be temporary as long as she doesn’t get bit again.

I have complete faith that God will heal her and this is only temporary. As a little background, she went to running camp and got ate up by chiggers and had a bad blood infection. She was sick for a couple weeks and every since then every so often she gets this rash that looks like a bruise. It was not very frequent so I never put it together that it would be an allergy. She also had stomachaches, headaches, and some minor rashes that looked like dry skin. It never was right after she ate, so when they said that I was shocked.

Now I am a firm believer that the people who are the least educated are the ones who worry the most. Man was I right on that! I started studying and asking and joined some groups to learn more.

But the problem is it is so new that there is not a lot of information. The CDC doesn’t even recognize it as a tick borne illness at this time.

There are some that have this that go into anaphylactic shock, which I am glad she has not. I still don’t believe it, I guess, but I think that just because she will be fine. There is not a cure, but we have a God I give all of our fears and our problems too. I know he is going to get us through.

Although I am still scared it’s not going to go away & she’s going to have a lot of changes. If it gets worse she’s going to have to carry an EpiPen. For only an 11 year old that is a lot but I know there are other kids out there dealing with so much worse. It’s just a rough road, but I know that our God is strong enough to take care of whatever we need. We will know more in a few weeks and I will update as needed but I’ve never thought it would be my child but I’m grateful and a little relieved that we are finally getting answers.

It is a start and I pray God will watch over us. No ma’am what we face there is always a silver lining. We just have to look a little harder at times.

Until more answers, we will pray, and enjoy life. We find a way to move on.

Follow up after the wreck (herniated disc)

So after a month I was still hurting, and of course my walking was a little off.

The back Surgeon after one of the MRI’s confirmed I had 3 herniated discs in my lower back. He mentioned possible surgery but wanted physical therapy to try their luck as well as my hip to get looked at.

I still didn’t know what was going on with my hip but I was getting a little anxious as it was hunting season and getting up in the tree stand was painful.

Plus I had not rode my horse since 2 weeks prior to the wreck. I had went to a two day barrel race. I qualified for finals and was ready to get back to riding. I just had a feeling something still wasn’t right. So figured I’d be better safe than sorry.

My pain level was consistently at a 3-6 in my groin and back. I used to sleep on my left side but that had changed. I also used to work out daily on the treadmill and that changed as well.

Everything I used to do, I wasn’t able to and it was only 1 month after the wreck.

I did get an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon for my hip and he scheduled another MRI.

It was for November right before we had plans to go to Colorado to see my mom and moms side of the family. He said if it was major he would call if not we would talk when I got back.

The MRI was a scary situation in itself for someone that is claustrophobic to a certain degree. But I made it through and prayed I would have my answers when I got back.

So we packed up and headed for Colorado.