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My cookie, with eggs

In May 2015,
I learned that
my littlest boy
had a serious
food allergy.

Twice in
two weeks,
I picked him
up from
his school
after he had
violent
reactions
to food;

Waiting for his prescription EpiPen

it was
impossible
for me
to explain
how terrible
it was knowing
a friend’s child
had died from
a severe allergic
reaction,
and t
know
mine
might,
too.

“What if this goodbye
is my last goodbye?”
I wondered
every time
I kissed
him
in
parting.

In August 2015,
I discovered that
my oldest boy’s school
wouldn’t administer
epinephrine.

That was
when I learned
that the fact
someone
accepts
money
to tend
to kids
doesn’t
mean
they’ll
care
for
them.

Lifesaving so easy, even a five-year-old can learn it in under a minute

Lifesaving so easy, even a five-year-old can learn it in under a minute

In August 2016,
just last Friday,
my husband called
from somewhere
behind me
in traffic
to say
our sons’
doctor
had
called.

“Littler has
outgrown
his allergy!”
Anthony told me,
as I barely
restrained
tears.

We celebrated
with pizza, and
cookies, and ice
cream for dinner,
and then pancakes
for breakfast.

And now,
he’s hollering
and throwing a
tantrum on the floor
to celebrate my return
home from a long workday
followed by a long commute,
and I am so annoyed
by this cantankerous,
spirited little
noisemaker,
but also …
so thrilled
that he is
here to
shout
at
me
(for
reasons
I cannot
fathom),
here for me to
be annoyed by,
here for me
to comfort
when he says,
“Mama, snuggles!”

Here

Here
and
safe

My cookie, with eggs

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  1. August 30, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Yay! The human body can be so frightening and yet so amazing. Glad he is past this allergy. 🙂

  2. August 30, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Yay for having him. To have, to hold, to love, to be frustrated by, to be annoyed by,…and all points in between.

  3. August 30, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Who-hoo.

  4. August 30, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Yay!! My baby girl was sensitive to citric acid and looked like someone tried to burn her around the eyes whenever she ate citrus or anything containing that additive. She was itchy and in pain with every attack, and I was never so happy as I was once she grew out of that sensitivity. I’m sure that feeling was a mere sliver of how great you must feel now. ❤ Wonderful, wonderful news.

    • August 30, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Li’l D tried using it the whole weekend! “Because Littler’s not allergic anymore, could we go a theme park/eat more pizza/have a later bedtime?” All of it was so sweet. ♥

  5. August 30, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Such a scary thing to go through but I’m glad to hear that he’s finally outgrown it. So many kids don’t, so I’m truly happy for you. Enjoy every moment, even the tantrums.

  6. August 30, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I used to be unable to eat mango, cantaloupe, carrots, and English walnuts. Clearly, there’s a connection among those! But over time, I grew out of it, too — about a decade ago. It was such a relief, and I know it is for you and your little one. A big hooray for growth and change!

    • August 30, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      Thank you!

      My sister is extremely allergic to mango! I wonder if she has reactions to any of the other items on your list …

  7. Paul
    August 30, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Awesome Deborah – some good news for a change.

  8. August 30, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    YAY!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. August 31, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Good that your boy passed these allergies. It is not fun with food allergies and often very difficult to find the reason.

  10. September 2, 2016 at 10:58 am

    That’s great! ❤

  11. September 10, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    great!

  12. September 16, 2016 at 10:25 am

    My son has type 1 diabetes and I know the struggle of working with the school to figure out a way everyone would be comfortable so that he could get his insulin at meals like he is supposed to. It can be extremely frustrating and I can definitely sympathize with your struggle. So glad to hear that he outgrew his allergy! You must be relieved!

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