Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The results are in

Allergic to Peanuts. (One of those huge inflamed dots is peanuts.  The other is a control histamine.  The 8 not-inflamed dots in the lower right area are tree nuts which, thankfully, she is not allergic to.  We're looking forward to a life carrying around an epi-pen and explaining to all members of babysitting co-op how to use it, of separate knives for peanut butter and jam and all other fun things that come with food allergies)

On a positive note, there was a lovely lady visiting the doctor whose baby also has a peanut allergy who steered me to Trader Joe's SunButter which is made from Sunflower seeds.  Claire was also the belle of the doctor's office and spent the 15 minutes we had to wait for the test results to come back running up and down the hall at full speed, no shirt on, laughing like crazy.  Everyone loved her though afterward the doctor did tell me that she was "busier" than most babies her age.  This was after Claire decided that she liked the doctor looking in her ears and kept grunting and pointing to her ears directing the doctor to look again.  The very nice doctor obliged her and said, "I think you're right...I might have missed something the first time I checked.  Let me have another look."

Busier than average?  Tell me about it sister....


  1. Oh, the welts! Poor Claire!

    Arys was very allergic to mustard, of all things, until she was about 9-10. (Turmeric? Mustard seed? We never got her tested, just didn't feed her those things, which can be more insidious than I realized. Er, that's our amazing parenting, I know!) And then a couple of years ago it seemed to go away. So who knows.

    On an up note, maybe you could train a peanut-sniffing dog to follow Claire around, just like this one: http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/aan-peanutsniffing-dog-more-than-mans-best-friend-for-aberdeen-sd-boy-20110709,0,4782833.story

  2. That's kind of a scary picture. Poor Claire. Well, at least you know and can be prepared.

  3. Man. Peanut allergy is awful. But now, you will know to avoid it. Good luck with it!

  4. "busier" than average? Of course, someone with such cute hair would have to be busy....sorry about the allergy....it's hard to be different, especially if one of your grandmother's favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and honey....

  5. If she's not allergic to tree nuts, Almond butter is actually a great sub for peanut butter. Some stores, like Smith's Marketplace/Fred Meyer let you grind your own fresh for a reasonable price.