This morning, Andrew’s school hosted a Muffins with Mom breakfast and we were quite sad that it wasn’t safe for him to attend. They couldn’t guarantee there would be peanut free muffins and I understand that, but it’s these moments in life that Andrew misses and mean so much to him.
We were standing out at the bus stop this morning, noticing that all of the corners were empty. I was thinking that we missed the bus, but as the bus driver pulled up she mentioned to me that today was Muffin’s for Mom at school. It was heart breaking and really sad for me as a mom to watch him get on the almost empty school bus.
Yesterday, we had our visit to the allergist to check on Andrew and see where things are going with his peanut allergy and asthma. We found out that Andrew has almost completely outgrown his Asthma! This is HUGE news.
The doctor took a look in his nose and said, it looks like Andrew is trading off his Asthma for some seasonal allergies. In with out, and in with another. This is okay though, seasonal allergies are much more treatable!
So now it comes down to the RAST test, a blood test to check the severity of his peanut allergy, and see if he is moving away from his peanut and tree nut allergy. In 2008, Andrew was diagnosed with his peanut allergy, on the RAST score it was a 45, with 100 being the most severe. Every Spring we make a follow up visit to redo the blood test and check on his levels, last year we actually started to see a change. Andrew’s RAST score went from a 45 down to a 24, a level which is still allergic and would still cause problems, but not so high that we would have to race to the hospital upon first taste. We are very hopeful with this next test.
Today, I will be taking Andrew in for his blood work, so we sat down at breakfast this morning to talk about it.
I asked him “What would you do first if your peanut allergy was all gone?”
He gave me a long list. A list of things that most of us take for granted, simple things in life that we all enjoy and are so hard for him to avoid.
- Go to a baseball game and sit in the stands, eating nachos and singing songs in the crowd
- Eat at any restaurant! Like Applebees and Pizza Hut
- Be able to eat dessert with his sister when we go to restaurants
- Sit at the regular school lunch tables with my friends, not at the peanut safe table that sits in the back corner of the lunchroom
- Sit anywhere on the school bus, he sits in the front seat so the bus driver can keep an eye on any reactions
- He wants to enjoy some of Daddy’s favorite peanut butter snacks like Reese’s and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
- To ride in an airplane and not have to worry about peanuts left in his seat by other people
- Go trick or treating and not have to give up 3/4 of his goodies
- To eat at a buffet, BBQ or party that is being hosted by someone else
- To eat birthday cake at his friend’s birthday party
Then he had to go off to school.. These are things a 6 year old thinks about every day, he tells me almost every day how much he hates having a peanut allergy. I hope for him, that today’s test brings the results needed to move forward. I’m crossing everything that I have for you baby boy!