A Weekend at the Beach

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide

    So many aspects of our family life have been fundamentally altered by our son's acid reflux disease and food allergies. Our summer weekend at the beach was no exception.


    Instead of strolling through beach-side shops filled with foods our son couldn't eat, we played miniature golf. A family night out at a pizza parlor was replaced by a trip to the health food store and a meal prepared at our home-away-from-home. We exchanged going out for dessert at a local ice cream shop, for an evening learning to catch crabs at a local pier.


    I would be lying to you if I told you that it was all just great, and that I am happy to replace the old family activities with the new ones. The truth of the matter is, I personally miss strolling through the shops, savoring pastries and drinking coffee. I love going out to dinner and eating pizza someone else had to make, especially when I am on vacation. And, believe me, I enjoy a hot-fudge-brownie-sundae as much as the next gal.

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    But this is the way our family life is since our second son was born with acid reflux disease six years ago. Our new world order, so to speak.


    I think Tenneva Jordan must have been describing a mother of a high needs child when she said, "A mother is a person, who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five persons, promptly announces she never did care for pie."


    More information about acid reflux and food allergies:

    Food Allergy, Intolerance and Acid Reflux

    Breaking the Food Label Code

Published On: August 06, 2008