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…

OIT update: Updose #11 & Holding

It has been 8 1/2 months since we started our OIT journey. Sahil’s treatment for his peanut allergy has been smoother than Jaya’s treatment for her dairy allergy. In Feb 2017 Sahil started with a peanut solution of 1/1000th of a peanut.  For the last four weeks – since early October – Sahil has been…

Teal Pumpkins & an OIT update

During our October 5 visit to Burlington we noticed a large orange pumpkin at the reception desk.  We thought the office should have a teal pumpkin so last Thursday we took one along and presented it to Dr Mack and Dr Hanna.  It now sits atop the reception desk as a symbol of food allergy…

Our Checklist for Visiting the ER

A visit to the hospital’s emergency room is difficult and when you have a food allergic child it is even harder.  For example, we can’t grab a snack at the hospital cafeteria while we are waiting to be seen.  We must inform each person who interacts with our child of their allergies to prevent accidental…

OIT Updose #13 & Still Holding at #10

Sahil updosed to 2 whole peanuts today.  Dr Mack congratulated him on coming this far in the OIT journey and asked Sahil how much further he would like to go.  Sahil said he would like to reach the end of Dr Mack’s protocol which is 4 peanuts a day.  This would allow Sahil to eat…