Food Allergies and Early Childhood Therapy | Life in Both Worlds



It’s been almost a week since Andrew and I were down in Florida, enjoying the warm sun, sand, and the company of our bloggers friends. Ever since we got back, my mind and body feel like they are in slow motion. My mind just keeps going, even at night, and because there are so many things to catch up I’m having a hard time collecting my thoughts to get started.

This is why so many people say “I need a vacation from my vacation”.

We have a lot to prepare for and a lot going on right now.

Andrew is our food allergy baby. At 1, he was allergic to milk, egg, peanut and tree nut. Every year since then, we have taken Andrew in for a repeat blood test to see if his allergy levels have dropped.

Imagine our excitement when last year, at the age of 4, his peanut allergy level dropped nearly in half. While he is still highly allergic, it’s left us hopeful that one day he might outgrow this life threatening disease.

We are at that time of year again, two weeks ago we took Andrew in for his repeat test and just received a call back yesterday. My stomach was in knots as the phone rang, I saw the phone number and quickly picked up the call. The nurse started out with, well things haven’t changed much, and my stomach dropped. But then she went into details and began to read off his testing numbers for the milk and egg allergy that Andrew has already outgrown. They tested for the wrong thing!

Yesterday, my poor baby and I had to return to the lab for another work up. The day we thought there might be good news, turned into bad news for my son. We quickly got in and out, and now we wait. I can’t stand this part.

playing outside

Tomorrow, we start a new journey with Andrea. She has been in the First Steps early childhood program since the age of 2, and unfortunately this program only goes through to the age of 3. While Andrea has made great strides, we still have a long road ahead of us.

To continue with therapy, at the age of 3, Andrea would need to transition into the early childhood program through our school district. Unfortunately, for us, we have to go through the entire process of testing, evaluations, to see where Andrea’s progress is being made and where she still needs help. Andrea has to qualify to be in their program, and we need this more than ever for her.

Tomorrow, we start the first test that has to be done for her evaluation. A therapist is coming to our home to watch Andrea in her natural environment and to watch her during therapy. I’m really hoping that all goes well, and we can give her the help that she needs.

If you missed my previous post about Andrea and her therapy, you can see that here.

I’m aching to tell you all about Florida and to show my pictures, hopefully tomorrow will go smoothly and things can get caught up a little bit.

Sometimes, I just have to tell myself to take a deep breath.


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