Well, Syâ€™s elemental diet started this past Sunday! He can only consume special, amino acid-based formula and waterâ€”no food. Yep, thatâ€™s right NO FOOD! Fortunately the formula comes in this juice box type packaging so it makes it a little more fun for him. Our latest game is asking Sy, â€œSo whatâ€™s in your juice box today?â€ He smiles and says, â€œMilk, eggs, yogurt, â€œsamwichâ€, ice cream, gumâ€¦â€ The list goes on and on but tends to include those foods that he hasnâ€™t been able to eat (the boy has never had ice cream)!
We had some tears the first morning but havenâ€™t had as much a one complaint since. He understands that this is to help him get better. We spend much of our time teaching and training our children about godly character attributes. However, I am finding more and more that God is using Silas to teach ME about true joy, patience, long-suffering, trust, hope and self-control. Granted itâ€™s only been a few days, but his willingness and sweet spirit in all of this just blows all of us away.
Sy will be on this diet for a minimum of 3-months. We will travel back to Cincinnati in September and heâ€™ll have another endoscopy. Weâ€™re praying for radical improvement and healing! If so, then weâ€™ll be able to introduce one food (like apples) for two weeks and then travel up to Cincinnati for endoscopies every 6-weeks indefinitelyâ€¦ The goal is to figure out exactly what foods are causing the high white blood cell count and swelling in his esophagus.
So this is Syâ€™s life for a whileâ€¦ If you live locally and think of it, high five him or give him an extra hug. If youâ€™re lucky, maybe heâ€™ll even tell you whatâ€™s in his juice box today!