Considering my neurosis over peanuts, you can only imagine Addi's response when I told her we would be going to the allergist to try some peanut butter. She cried and screamed. I held her and reassured her, and told her what would happen. I explained how lucky she was to try peanut butter as it tastes just like soy nut butter--one of her all time favorite things to lick off her plate, her spoon, her fingers, a celery stick...
On the way to the office, she seemed confident, and so did I:
"We're seeing the doctor and I'm going to have peanut butter, just like soy butter. Right, mom?"
"Right sweetie. Lucky you."
We sat down with the allergist for a few minutes so he could explain to her about the challenge. Here's how it went:
1:14 pm Dr. gave Addi a crumb-sized portion of peanut butter. She held it stuck to the back of her teeth for a few seconds before licking her teeth and lips, and swallowing. Big smile. Proceeded to dress her ballerina magnets and sing the theme song to "Little Einsteins" while she awaited the next dose. No allergic signs.
1:35 pm Allergist came into the waiting room to greet Addi who had run out of lyrics to "Little Einsteins" minutes ago, and was starting to get bored. Jar of peanut butter, double crumb portion = another big smile. Some jumping around, drawing "potato people" and scribbling of "words" with my pen and piece of scratch paper for another 20 minutes. Some whining that naturally comes from skipping a much needed afternoon nap. But still no allergic reaction.
1:55 pm Big smear portion. Happy girl. Realizes she loves peanut butter. Finds a friend in the waiting room to be silly with. Some jumping and twirling, giggling. Still no reaction.
2:15 pm Last check by allergist. All clear. Mom and daughter go home with one less suspected allergy, a little bit lighter, a new confidence to slowly introduce tree nuts into her diet.
|Addi after her peanut challenge--all smiles!|