I walked into this most recent check up as I did every other check up. I just did not except this check up to be more life-altering than my very first check up. I left my sixth visit floating on a cloud of excitement, but also confusion after being told I can add corn back into my diet again.
Flashback about eight months ago, when I had asked my primary doctor if she knew anyone who would be able to help me with my food allergy to corn. I explained how I am always itchy and feeling sick; that I just do not think I am fully understanding the allergen correctly. Not to begin any sort of bashing, but my allergist was not entirely helpful with it and most my knowledge came from internet research and online forums. My primary doctor told me about the doctor I am seeing now, how she used her and she helped her a lot with her own allergies and symptoms. I decided I would give it a shot.
From then, you all know the journey I have been on since week one. Twenty-eight weeks later and six check-ups in, and here we are:
I was not ready to take their word that I was in the totally clear. They advised me to go out and purchase organic corn chips and eat a few to see what my physical reaction will be. (She explained that trying corn on the cob might not show a positive reaction with my body since no one can digest normal corn; that I was better off getting something that had corn flour or cornstarch to see what the true reaction would be from the broken down food. Was also advised to stick with organic and non-GMO products.)
After sitting on these details for a couple of days, I finally went out to purchase the bag of chips and gave them a try Sunday afternoon. After a couple of hours, there was no noticeable reaction: no itching, so hives, no redness! However, after years of dealing with my corn allergy, I knew to wait overnight. Yet, I woke up this morning perfectly fine; as if I did not just put corn into my system.
Long story short: I did not react from the corn chips at all!
I have been allergic to corn and living this corn-free lifestyle for seven years and today, it is all gone. Honestly, I am still unsure how to handle this wonderful, scary, confusing, joyful news, but that is for another time for me worry-write though my feelings and thoughts. This blog's main purpose was to announce to all my friends, family, and followers that this is occurring. And to remind me that if I was able to get corn back into my diet, I must be on a great step forward to clearing my Intestinal Candidiasis!