After last week's eventful beginning, we were scheduled for our follow-up allergy testing yesterday afternoon. Baby Z. handled the whole situation with relative flexibility and good humor, with the notable exception of really not wanting the doctor to take his pulse or look in his ears. But the scratch test bit went swimmingly. Well, the actual procedural bit anyway. The results? Not as favorable. Indeed, the small fry is officially allergic to eggs and peanuts (which we knew going in), but we are adding tree nuts to the list now as well.
Admittedly, this news doesn't change a whole lot for us. Dan has a lifelong tree nut allergy as well, so we have lived as a nut-free household pretty much always. So, the shift brought about by yesterday's news won't be so much related to the function of day to day living, grocery shopping, or eating. It will be more about mindset. And I'll be the first to admit that the knowledge that your resident small people have potentially life threatening reactions to foods commonly found in the world outside your front door is tricky to integrate into one's mental landscape without some amount of anxiety. So there is that.
But, hey, how much better to find out all of these things now, on our own terms, than at a preschool potluck on some future afternoon when the situation is far less controlled and far more scary? I keep reminding myself that knowing exactly what we are up against is pretty useful, actually. Even if it doesn't make a whole lot of sense at this precise moment.
I was joking yesterday that my cheerful resolve is in pretty good shape due to years of constant use and and regular excercise.
Except I wasn't really kidding at all.
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