It has been a year since we went and found out Zane had some pretty severe allergies. I remember driving home that night from Boston Children’s Hospital thinking life was going to be that much harder with his food allergies. To recap, Zane is allergic to eggs, fish, and peanuts.
While I thought it would be hard, I never envisioned it would be this tough. At the age of almost 2 (his birthday is Sunday), I have to check every label in existence. He is at the age where he tends to grab things off of people’s plates, and that is the part that could be challenging.
In my house, everything we have is Zane safe. I don’t bring in anything in this house, that is unsafe for me. Hayley ‘s love for peanut butter is long gone, since she has not had it in a years time. However, when we go to a playdate or our weekly playgroup, all cards are off the table. Most of my friends know Zane has food allergies and they are all so nice in dealing with it. They always make sure there are no peanut products around when we go over. While they are totally awesome and I love them for that, there has been times when the food items say, “May be processed in a factory where nuts are used”. This is where things get sticky. Zane can in no way have these food items and sometimes he swipes them right from the table.
I have been very vigilant since we found out but it is definitely a hard journey. I make sure to carry an Epi-Pen, wherever I go, and have trained anyone watching him, how to use it. In a few weeks, we are going for his two year check up. At that time, they will do blood testing again and see how things are coming along. Here is to good results and perhaps no more food allergies. Wishful thinking, I know…