T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Culprit Discovered...

T Rex had his allergy appointment yesterday. We wanted to see if we could determine what caused his severe allergic reaction last week. Working with his wonderful allergy specialist we uncovered the culprit to be...

Peanuts.

Yes, the bread he threw at me was my peanut butter sandwich and he must have tasted enough to cause such a response. I guess he knew it was not good for him hence the food throwing. Now I can justify his food flinging!

So, nothing with peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil - nothing. It's a fairly common allergy so here's hoping no more scary reactions. In the past it was thought that once you had a peanut allergy you always had it but recent research shows there is about a 25% chance of kids who are diagnosed before age 6 will out grow it. So, down the road we might retest to see if this is the case. In the mean time, we are ready with epi-pen, antihistamine, and inhaler if need be.

He was such a great kid while they were doing the exam and skin testing. I've had it done before, it's not horrible but certainly not a pleasant thing, especially for a two year old. He was more interested in the Nemo and Dorie fishes in the waiting area. And all the nurses and other staff were wonderful. They skillfully administered the skin test and entertained him so as to prevent any crying and minimize discomfort which ensures an accurate exam and test. Love nurses!

Here's hoping his eye exam on Monday goes as well. They are going to dilate his eyes and re-evaluate his prescription. He'll also probably get a patch since he does not seem to be wanting to use his weak eye all that much. I am very emotional and sad that he is going through all these things. It's tough on him and tough on us as parents. I firmly believe we are given that which we are able to handle. Thankfully, it's allergies and strabismus and not anything more serious.

But, as you can see from the photo - he is still the best big brother ever! And for all these things T Rex Dad and I are most grateful.

10 comments:

septembermom said...

First of all, you are blessed with two wonderfully beautiful children! I'm so glad that you discovered the source of the allergy. T-Rex is definitely a trooper to go through the testing. He's a real big boy!! Hope the eye exam goes smoothly too.

Caitlin said...

what a brave guy to go though all of the testing! we're sorry to hear about his allergy, but glad that you figured it out!

good luck at the eye doctor. is that tomorrow?

Jane Anne said...

I stumbled across your blog because of my google alert for "peanut allergy". My 2nd son has a severe peanut allergy. My oldest son has strabismus. I just wanted to leave you a comment and commend you on your fantastic attitude. T Rex is a wonderfully cute kide! Love the sibling picture!

Jenners said...

Well, I'm glad you figured out the cause of the allergies. It always helps to KNOW. Too bad it is peanuts ... that is hard one. At least so many places and schools are attuned to it now though.

And that is tough for him to have to go through all these things but he seems to be taking it well and looks really happy in the photo! I bet it is tougher on you than him ... kids are resilient!

Erin said...

Good thing you figured it out. and I hope he does outgrow it, that can be a really scary allergy to have!! Good thing you are prepared!!

Camie said...

Hey Jenn, it's Camie. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I always love getting in touch with long lost friends.

I'm glad you've discovered the allergy before it became a more serious problem and it looks like T-Rex is making a full recovery.

You have such a beautiful family!

Nina said...

Glad to hear they pinpointed the culprit. We did a scratch test on my little guy when he was a baby. He had a lot of skin issues that can sometimes relate to allergys. They found nothing and evently his skin issues went away. So thankful for that.

lizhasalife said...

What gorgeous little ones! And bummer for T Rex. I hope everything goes well!

Emily said...

Darn those peanuts. I'm glad you've got it figured out though.

T-Rex is an amazingly brave boy!!

And he has an amazingly brave mommy!

Amber, The Unlikely Mama said...

Ah man, another little one with food allergies :-( Alexa has a milk allergy, and we fear there's something else brewing. We're off to the allergist next Monday for all the skin tests. I hope she does as well as your little guy. Thanks for giving me hope that it won't be too too horrible. She's just 17 months, and small enough to still be a baby, but big enough to be well aware of something that hurts. I'm totally nervous.