“He is among the worst I’ve seen, and I see a lot.”
“His body is highly reactive like it enjoys going into Anaphylactic shock.”
“His immune system is on fire.”
“I feel for your family because this is life and death.”
I’m not so sure what I was expecting. I’m not all that surprised by the results, but somewhere deep inside of me was praying, wishing, and hoping for some huge turn-around. Like I’d skip out of the office joyfully and run home to give him a strawberry before they’re out of season and see the joy all over his face over the pure sweetness. TJ was wishing we could just open up his food world a little bit to give him an experience he’s never been able to have with us.
But two minutes into his skin test this morning, I knew we were not going in that direction at all.
He cried, wanting to itch his back so badly and a huge part of me broke for him. Oh, how I wish he didn’t have to carry this.
He’s so brave.
He’s so perfect.
When his Allergist came back into the room, he took his seat and praised us for doing as much as we do every day for his safety.
He acknowledged my flowing tears (hello pregnancy hormones), and assured me I am perfect for my son.
And then he gave me a full picture of what Jonah deals with daily.
It’s not just the worsening of his already existing food allergies. It’s also the addition of many environmental allergies. It’s also the Allergic Rhinitis diagnosis. It’s also very serious asthma that poses a real threat to his respiratory system during any allergic reaction. It’s also his out of control Eczema that is a systemic infection, screaming at us that his immune system is working in overtime.
He is just so brave.
Current Allergy List:
- Dairy* (worsened, if that was even possible)
- Egg white* (worsened)
- Avocado (worsened)*
- Sesame Seed*
- Carmine (red food dye)
- 3 types of grass
- dust mites
*denotes likely Anaphylactic allergens
We love him just as he is. Perfection. Brave. Happy. Protected by a Great God who holds him.