Today was the final test for Brian. The allergist wanted him to go through a three hour (more, actually!) peanut butter challenge before she officially declared him "allergy free." She didn't expect anything to happen - but had to test him with real peanut butter just in case.
I am thrilled...and relieved...and, to be honest, freaking PROUD!...to tell you - Brian is no longer allergic to peanuts!!!! Our allergy elimination technique worked! It took a lot of dedication and patience, but we did it.
If you've never heard of or gone through a "peanut butter challenge" (or any challenge with an allergist), I'll explain how it worked.
A nurse at the office started Brian off with the tiniest smear of peanut butter on a stick - she put it right on his tongue.
We supplied the food - I brought peanut butter, crackers, cookies, pretzels and milk. They supplied lollipops, stickers and fancy pencils. I supplied the wonderful Miss Sara (who is back from her vacation - WOO HOO!), movies, toys and books.
Brian entertained us by drawing on his Doodler and asking us to guess each drawing. Sara guessed rhinoceros for this one - good guess, eh?
Oh, and I also supplied a super-supportive brother to cheer Brian on. Usually it's Brian waiting on Gavin at the doctors...so Gavin was more than happy to wait patiently.
Every ten minutes the nurse would come in with increasing amounts of peanut butter. For a long time, she didn't want Brian to have anything else - no other food and no milk. He never complained. And - to make me even MORE proud, he peed on their potty three times while we were there!! That's a big deal - there was so much going on to distract him.
Soon the peanut butter started to appear on a cookie...
...and then some crackers.
Brian gobbled it all up with a smile. He smiled even bigger when she said he could have some milk finally!! The largest amount was two tablespoons - which looked like four peanut butter sandwich crackers she made.
After the last food challenge, we waited a half hour until it was time to be checked by the doctor. After examining Brian's back and chest and listening to his lungs - she gave us the official good news!
I'm always so happy when I can take one less thing off my children's plates. Or - in this case - add one thing back ON my child's plate!!
To celebrate, I'd like to give away three wonderful children's books to any of you who have a child with a peanut allergy. "Food Allergies and Me," "The Day I Met The Nuts," and "The BugaBees - Friends With Food Allergies." They are especially good for newly diagnosed kids as a way to explain their new way of living to them. I have three books to give to three different readers. Leave a comment with your peanut allergy story and I'll get in touch with the first three to respond! The one requirement - the comment has to be on my blog. Don't leave your personal contact information there - just your story! And also, be sure to tell me that you want one of the books.