It was almost his 2nd birthday and time for a check up by the doctor. By now, I had already googled his symptoms (horrible, I know) and I was terrified. I explained everything to his doctor and unfortunately heard exactly what I didn't want to hear. Everything I researched online was true, and he was diagnosed with CVS (cyclical vomiting syndrome). CVS is defined as episodes of severe vomiting that alternate with basically symptom-free periods of time. They are "cyclical" meaning each episode starts around the same time of day, lasts the same amount of time, and occurs with the same level of severity. The cause of CVS for my son is sugar, dairy, hot weather, and over stimulation (extreme excitement). Thankfully the complications of this disease are minor compared to childhood cancers, diabetes, and other childhood illnesses.
Our only way to treat or prevent these episodes are to avoid sugary foods, dairy, and over-stimulating him. I'm obviously not going to lock my child inside our house every holiday and birthday with no presents, so all I can realistically do is monitor what he eats. Halloween is the worst for him because he's surrounded by a million kids in cool costumes sprinting from house to house trying to get as much candy as possible. Every Halloween I just accept the fact that he will be sick the following day, because it is nearly impossible to find a house or neighborhood that gives out a healthy alternative to candy. Honestly, I get it. People think it's not as fun for the other kids and buying a big bag of candy is super easy and convenient. For my child though, Halloween punishes him with a day of violent vomiting attacks. I know my child is just one kid, but there are thousands of other children who could benefit from this as well.
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So back to today... Normally my son can have a small amount of sugar from time to time. He doesn't get it very often so when I allow him to have some, it's usually in a controlled environment. Basically he cannot have it when he is going to be overwhelmed with presents or the company of family/friends. Anyway, I forgot to check in with my mother-in-law about dessert for last night's birthday party at her house. She was so sweet and bought super hero cupcakes. It was entirely my fault for forgetting to mention something about dessert earlier. Of course, I let him have a cupcake and hoped he could handle it. Well, the cupcake mixed with the thrill of new presents and playing with his cousin was unfortunately enough to ruin his day today.
I'm so sorry little man! I obviously felt horrible this morning... These pictures break my heart, but hopefully his story will inspire more people to have an allergy friendly alternative to hand out this Halloween.