Our Journey Continues

If you’ve been following us on our journey you will know that my son Sahil is starting high school this September with less allergies than when I started writing this blog. Sahil is still allergic to peanuts but he eats 2 peanuts a day since he completed peanut oral immunotherapy in October 2017.  He has…

Burlington- Where Skies are Blue

Sahil and I returned to Burlington today for his soy challenge. History: Sahil – nutfree since age 2 – ate soy until he was six years old.  In 2010, he reacted to soy and his allergy was confirmed with a skin prick test.  He has been diligently avoiding soy for the past eight years.  For…

Better Living Conditions

Today we returned to Dr Mack for a follow up appointment to check in on Sahil’s progress with peanut oral immunotherapy.  Sahil reached his maintenance dose of 2 peanuts in October 2017.  To put that in to perspective – he started with a dose equivalent to 1/1000th of a peanut in February 2017. Since October,…

The Challenges Continue

I never sleep well the night before an oral food challenge and last night was no different.  So this morning, after a sleepless night, Sahil and I left for Burlington at 8 am and got there just in time for his 9 am appointment.  It was the same a few weeks ago when he did…

One Nut at a Time

Sahil started peanut oral immunotherapy a year ago with a suspension containing the starting dose of 1/1000th of a peanut.  He reached the maintenance dose of 2 whole peanuts (2 grams) in October 2017. Peanut maintenance update: Since December 2017, Sahil has been sick twice with upper respiratory viruses.  Because of this we had to…

Brotherhood of the World Blogger Award!

Thank you to Kathleen O’Hagan of Allergy Bites for nominating me for the Brotherhood of the World Blogger Award! I first e-met Kathleen through a Facebook group for Parents of Kids with Food Allergies in Toronto/GTA.  It is quick and easy to become friends with a fellow food allergy mom as we have already have…

To Ask or Not to Ask

Before the winter break Sahil’s school held a French Cafe event where grade 8 students cooked crepes and other treats for students to buy and eat in school.  It was to raise money for a local charity.  All students were brought down class by class during the school day to participate but there were no…

Life is a Challenge

Just over eleven years ago when he was 2 years old Sahil reacted to peanut butter residue.  Over the years, Sahil has tested positive to peanuts, soy  and various tree nuts on blood tests & skin prick tests conducted by various allergists. He has reacted to peanut and soy after ingestion but as far as…

Bullying

Food Allergy Bullying It is the bullying of those with food allergies. I first encountered food allergy bullying when Sahil was 5 and in Senior Kindergarten.  He was in a small school with just 8 other children in his class.  He and another child were the only boys so being friends with that one other…

Relief Evaporated

The relief I experienced on Thursday evaporated on Friday. This is what happened: 7 pm : I gave Jaya the 2 mL milk dose; she complained of stinging under her tongue which is not unusual so I was not concerned.  7:15:  She sneezed 5 times & sounded slightly congested. 7:30:  Her congestion seemed to be…