There are so many things that make Milo an awesome and unique kid. His food allergies are part of his life but not his defining quality. This week he had a very long doctor's appointment for a walnut food challenge. We wanted to share the journey with you!
This was his first experience eating walnuts as we have always avoided them due to positive allergy test results. Over the years as his blood test and skin test results have changed, his allergist felt it would be safe for him to try eating walnuts while under observation at the doctor's office.
This was our first food challenge with this doctor but not our first challenge ever. He also had an egg challenge, which he passed, when we lived in Ohio. For this challenge, we had to track down peanut safe walnuts (not the simplest task). I then washed, dried, ground them down, incorporated a very specific amount into cookie dough, and baked them. He was not allowed to eat when he woke up that morning and only had cookies to eat until lunchtime. It sounds like every kid's dream, but it seemed like quite a chore to him. After two cookies, he started to complain about all the sugar and eventually said no more. Thankfully, he made it through enough doses that the allergist cleared him and said he passed! We are so excited for him and thankful for a smooth and positive experience.
Over the years, his list of allergies has both shrunk (outgrowing wheat, eggs, and walnut) and grown (adding in a slew of environmental allergies). We just keep persevering and doing our best not only to keep him safe and healthy but also to keep him from being solely known for his limitations. He is one super cool kid, and the less we talk about and focus on his allergies- the more everyone in our family thrives. I hope that bringing you along encourages you on your journey- whatever it may be.