Well, it's been more than two months since my last post but I have fantastic news. I gave my son the Fecal Occult Blood Test last week, and it was negative for blood.
Back in February when my son's stool tested positive for blood, he wasn't following the diet very well. I put him back strictly on the diet, and his stool form improved within a few days. I did not resume the enemas because it is very invasive for me to do them for him since he's 10 now, and he can't do it himself yet (yes, we tried). Within one month of going back to stricly following sheldon's diet, my son's stools became very hard and infrequent. He had no pain, but complained that he felt constipated and having a bowel movement was sometimes difficult. I immediately increased his vegetable intake, and the results improved a bit. Since I knew he wasn't totally constipated, I let things continue that way for a few weeks.
I recently spoke with a friend of mine who had her colon removed almost two years ago. She was really impressed with Sheldon's procedure and encouraged me to explore any and all holistic treatment options because living without a colon and only a J-Sac in its place has not given her the "better quality of life" as she might have hoped. I told her of my son's progress with the procedure, and mentioned that his stools were not as regular as I'd have liked. She suggested I try giving him fruit in the form of organic baby food - an idea resulting from a time when she lived solely on baby food because her flare was so bad that she could tolerate no solid food. I went to the market the next day and purchased stage 1 pears and peaches. I allow him one container per day, and it has improved his stool form and regularity greatly. He had been eating the baby food for one week prior to performing the stool test, so I know it produced no negative result for him. I would not suggest using the baby food unless you are certain that the colon is healed, though. This is the first step for us in introducing new foods into the diet successfully. I will not introduce anything else until my son has kept with the positive results for at least a month since starting the baby food fruit, and then only food similar to those that he is already consuming.
I know how difficult it is to follow the diet strictly. I had to come up with some creative ideas in order to keep my son interested in the food he is ingesting. My first and probably best dicovery is to cook the brown rice in chicken broth. I use the organic kind, but you have to read the ingredients. Only use the kind that is chicken broth and salt, and maybe onions. If you can't find organic, then Swanson makes something called "Natural Goodness" which is ok - it doesn't have Mono-Sodium-Glutamat (Natrium Glutamat) or other nasty preservatives . I use two cups of broth for every cup of rice I cook. Bring the broth to a boil, add the rice and bring back up to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 40-45 minutes. It really is delicious, and you can cook enough to last the whole week. My son eats it for breakfast many days since he is sick of eggs at this point. I even add it to chicken soup along with uncooked barley when I make it. I usually only make the soup when my son is sick with a cold, etc. since it produces reduced stool form. I also use canned tuna and chicken once a week each. I add a little organic mayo (made with olive oil), and a bit of salt. He eats it plain with his rice or potoato and veggies, or sometimes eats it on a brown rice cake. I buy the plain or lightly salted organic brown rice cakes. Rice cakes also make a great snack alone, or dipped in pure maple syrup. I also make deviled eggs w/ the organic mayo once in a while. You have to be careful, though, too much fat is bad so go easy on the mayo - use it lightly and only once in a while. I racked my brain at Christmas time to find a recipe for a sweet treat that my son could have other than tapioca pudding. I found an old recipe of mine for meringue cookies. The ingredients include egg whites, vinegar, corn starch (which is optional), and sugar. I also later added carob chips and later again chocolate chips, neither of which produced a negative result. You can also sweeten with maple syrup, but the cookies don't get as crisp as with sugar. If anyone would like the recipe (which is unbelieveably easy), please let me know and I'll post it.
I also want to tell you all that the vitamins and pro-biotics have been just as important as the diet and procedure, so don't knock it till you try it long enough to see how much it helps.
My son doesn't go back to his GI doc until June, and I'm not sure yet if she wants to run tests before his appointment or not. I will post again with results of tests and/or appointment when available.
Best wishes to all of you following this procedure. Stick to it, and you will find your health again!