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…

OIT: Updoses 7 & 8

Yesterday was a major milestone in the OIT journey for both Sahil and Jaya. Sahil ate 1/4 of a peanut.  After eating it he complained of a scratchy feeling in his throat, on his tongue and in his right ear.  These symptoms subsided after about five minutes. Jaya had 5 drops of undiluted milk.  She…

The Real Stuff

Tomorrow: Jaya will get updose #7 which is 5 drops of actual milk. Sahil will get updose #8 which is 1/4th of an actual peanut. Until now OIT hasn’t felt real to me because they are receiving their allergens in forms which don’t look like the real thing.   It is a surreal feeling to…

Siblings & OIT: Updoses #6, #7

Two weeks ago, at our last OIT appointment, Jaya was congested and had a fever so she did not receive updose #6 as per the usual dosing schedule.  Her cough and cold symptoms persisted so she has been on a few illness day doses (8 drops) during the last two weeks. When she felt better…

OIT: Updose #6 (sort of)

We were in Burlington this past Thursday for updose #6. Jaya had a slight fever and was very congested.  Dr Hanna thought her symptoms could either be due to a cold or the onset of a seasonal allergy.  Oral Immunotherapy is individualized because the dosing schedule is affected by many factors which can increase the…

OIT : Updose #5

I am writing this after taking Jaya back to school after she ate lunch at home.  Today is Friday  which is pizza day at Jaya’s school.  On Fridays, the whole student body and some staff eat pizza for lunch so the school smells of it and Jaya’s classroom is no exception. With every student around…

The (Un)Rest Period

My daily routine includes giving Sahil and Jaya their OIT dose. After they eat dinner they take their dose and then relax for the two hour rest period.   Their rest period is my period of unrest as I monitor them for any signs of an allergic reaction. Since we started OIT in mid-February Sahil…

Living Arrows & OIT: Updose #4

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are set forth”, K. Gibran. As a parent I must prepare my children to become capable, resilient  and independent people. For my kids this includes how they must protect themselves against a life threatening allergic reaction and how to manage a reaction if it…

OIT: Updose #3

Today we were in Burlington for updose #3. Jaya has been sick for the last 2 days with a fever, runny nose & stomach ache so I wasn’t sure if Dr Mack would do the updose today but he did. Jaya will now be on 8 drops of the diluted milk solution. Ten minutes after…

School Safety

One of the most difficult challenges of being a parent of food allergic children is to entrust them to someone else.  If they just stayed at home it would be easy but this is neither feasible nor desirable. They spend more hours at school than at home. Sahil and Jaya eat their snack and lunch…

Burlington Bound, Updose #2

Yesterday we made our biweekly drive to Burlington, Ontario to see Dr Mack, the pediatric allergist who is treating Sahil and Jaya. Or as Jaya calls him Dr “Mac and Cheese” which is ironic since she cannot eat the real stuff…..yet!  I think of him and Dr Hanna as heroes as they are the only…