Thursday, April 26, 2012
Food Allergy Mystery Solved...Now what???
Well...we finally got some answers. We took Tripp for a follow-up appointment to Children's Medical Center on Monday. The goal was to test prunes and carrots, two foods that I thought he got hives when he ate them. The numbers went like this: 1 - saline, 2 - histamine, 3 - PEANUTS!, 4- EGGS!, 5 - carrots, 6 prunes.
Clearly, I was not correct in my assessment that he was allergic to carrots and prunes. The poor guys is really allergic to Peanuts and Eggs. His poor back swelled up immediately. We had to blow on it and fan it just to keep him semi-comfortable. After 15 minutes, the nurse came in to gather the results. She would not comment on the findings. A few minutes later, the doctor walks in with the diagnosis. Yep, he is allergic!
Honestly, my first reaction was relief. Oh, that is why we are dealing with eczema and asthma. That is why he has broken out in hives so many times. So then we look to the doctor with the question, well "okay, how do we treat it? What? You can't treat it? He will have this forever?"
My logical side kicks in again and I am thinking okay, no peanut butter, no scrambled eggs and we are home free. WRONG AGAIN! Peanuts and eggs are in everything!!!! Candy bars, cookies, crackers, pasta, baked anything, breaded chicken, meatballs....I could go on and on. This was huge! You know it is gonna be rough when the doctor hands you the action plan and a support group at the same time.
It has taken me several days to process this information and what it would mean for my family. The internet has been friend and foe for sure. I have found great resources that make me think that he might get to eat cake on his birthday and others that make me truly fear him having a real reaction. I have found some great blogs on families that deal with these allergies and even more. I spent a long time in the health food section of the grocery store exploring food labels. I have researched bracelets, stickers, and tags to alert caregivers of Tripp's risks. I want to find the middle ground between dangerously ignorant and overly neurotic. Will there be such a space for me???
I know we can work through this. We have done much harder. So many other families deal with much bigger issues everyday. I have NOT lost perspective. I know that my children don't belong to me. They belong to HIM and are here for HIS glory.
Here is my constant prayer:
Lord, I pray that these struggles bring you glory and help me stay on my crazy path to sanctification. Please protect Tripp. Give me wisdom and discernment in his care. I pray that his egg test in June goes well and we can start egg treatment. I am once again on my knees, and humbled to be your child. In Jesus name, Amen.
I hope to keep everyone updated not only on Tripp's condition, but also on resources, recipes, and information I can track down about food allergies. I would love to hear from you if you have dealt with this in your own family. Thanks for always listening to me!