Fructose Free Living - Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Off topic, rambling, and too much information. Don't say you haven't been warned.

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Fructose Anyone?  Anyjazz65 via Flickr

School is about to start up again, and I feel like I have spent the entire summer dealing with my son's fructose intolerance issues, if that is even what is wrong?

Doctors, tests, elimination diets, oh my.

Really? Mom must you take a blog picture now?

It has been non stop and even though we pretty much eliminated fructose from his diet (high fructose corn syrup, melons, apples, juices, pretty much mot commercial snack products with the exception of goldfish) the guy does not stop pooping. It is a poop party. I can't potty train him because let's face it he can't control the fact that oops he has diarrhea (I told you too much information).

It sucks. I feel like a failure as a parent because my son is 3 1/2 and walks around in a diaper. The kicker, he could care less. This is probably a good thing and I am lucky it happened with my boy because by nature boys are much grosser than girls.

Luckily his preschool is still taking him (it's a medical thing and they are just the sweetest), but I dread those whopping 4 hours a week when he is at school. What if he poops? What if they call me, and honestly the thing that scares me the most is what if he starts to get embarrassed about his condition?

There is hope, we will get this worked out, but I don't want my children to ever feel bad  about something they can't control.

So here I am six months after I started with a vigor and enthusiasm not seen by many (points if you know where that line came from) and my little guy is not potty trained.

On the plus side we have learned that he does not have celiac's, is normal wait, is most likely fructose intolerance, but we can not test for that until he is five, and is otherwise healthy.

So in the end we are lucky, very lucky. There is nothing seriously wrong with Holden, just some fructose intolerance.

Having a diet without fructose is not the easiest thing in the world, it's not producing the results I was hoping to see (solid poops, so we can finally get our potty training on), but it is a step in the right direction.