This is my granddaughter Addisyn Taylor, pictured with my oldest daughter Tara, at Mrs. Mary’s day care. Addy (as I call her) was visiting her older sister Ava for the daycare Valentine party. Addisyn recently had a full page article written up in the Toledo Blade concerning Celiac disease, which she has.
Addy’s mother Courtney (our #5 daughter) is a registered nurse at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn. Addy was a fussy baby, and always seemed to have a bloated stomach. She was extremely tiny, very fair, and a picky eater. About a year ago Courtney became suspicious about her daughters constant belly aches, and started pushing her Pediatrician to do some test. A Specialist was called in, and 12 stomach biopsies all came back positive for celiac disease. With this ailment, her system cannot process any wheat or gluten products. She is hyper-sensitive to anything involving these two items.
In the above picture she is frosting her “own” cookie, brought from home. It is made from rice, and taste surprisingly good. The knife can not be one the other kids used, and the day-care workers have to be aware of Addy’s needs. She was once given a wheat based cracker, on one of her visits, and it made her quite sick. It’s a constant vigil to make sure she stays safe and healthy.
At home she has her own toaster, frying pan, and special groceries. A one pound bag of wheat free/gluten free pretzels cost almost $9.00. My daughter has stayed on top of this aberration in Addy’s life very well. Her last Doctor visit revealed she had gained weight, and her blood work was normal. If any of you readers have been affected by the same disease, and could give Courtney some pointers or advice, her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of these days I’m going to write about Addisyn’s sister Ava who has a severe peanut allergy, but that’s another story.