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,…

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…

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…

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…

Quick OIT update

Tomorrow is the 2nd Annual Walk for Andrea. I am busy getting things together for the event so this is a quick update about our appointment this past Thursday. OIT Updose #12 Sahil updosed to 1.5 peanuts! He tolerated the dose and did not complain of any symptoms. Jaya was not able to updose.  She…

OIT: Updose #10 & #11

OIT update Jaya – Updose #10 Jaya has been tolerating her daily dose of 0.5 mL whole milk these past two weeks.  I did notice she has been clearing her throat during the last few days. I mentioned it to Dr Mack today and he said it could be due to seasonal allergies and post…

OIT: Small Steps

OIT update: Hold Dose at #10 & Updose #9 The last two weeks between our updose appointments have been a little rough. Sahil was sick with a fever and congestion for several days so he was on the illness dose of 0.2 g for 5 days and the regular dose of 0.75 g (3/4 peanut)…

OIT: Hoping for Boring

  We returned to Burlington today for Sahil and Jaya’s regular oral immunotherapy appointment. I felt anxious returning for the first time since Jaya’s reaction two weeks ago. As I entered the clinic the memories from two weeks ago resurfaced.  I quickly pushed them back down again. Since her reaction at 20 drops of undiluted…

OIT: Updose #9

This OIT update is a difficult one. This past Thursday Sahil and Jaya received updose #9.  I was hoping for another boring updose appointment but it didn’t turn out that way. 9:20 am – Jaya got updose #9: 20 drops of milk.   A few minutes after the dose, she started to complain of a…

OIT: Updose #8 & Thinking of Karan

Jaya and I went to Burlington early this morning for her OIT updose #8. Sahil is in a camp this week so we elected to delay his 9th updose to July 27. He will continue on the current dose of 1/4 peanut until his next appointment.  The good news is he is finding it easier…