Finding a New Normal

Peanut is severely allergic to… peanuts?!

Yeah, talk about irony.

I suspected an allergy. A few months ago I thought maybe she allergic to blueberries. I came to that conclusion after her having multiple yucky poops with blueberries in them. Simply enough, just avoid blueberries. I didn’t even call the doctor.

Just a couple weeks ago we got fresh blueberries in our Bountiful Baskets and I tried them out very cautiously and got no reaction.

Then she had some extra bad poops with what looked like nuts in them. I called my mother-in-law (who had watched Peanut the day before) and asked her what nuts she ate. It was a mix with brazil nuts, so I figured she may be reacting to tree nuts. I know nut allergies can be serious, so I called the pediatrician who referred us to an allergist.

They did 30 pricks on her back with this funny little contraption that I wish would have been around 5 years ago when I had the scratches. 20 were hayfever causers (because I figured she might have) and 10 were nuts. The only ones she reacted to were the control and peanuts. According to the doctor, the reaction to the peanuts was “severe.”

I may have not believed it if she wasn’t at the exact same time accidentally pooping her pants over and over because I gave her peanut butter made in my new Vitamix. Wow, mama fail.

So where are we now? We’re drastically reforming our food habits. We love nuts and now, since while she is not allergic to other nuts, but with time she is more likely to be and they’re often processed in the same area, we are eating zero nuts. Even mama because I can transfer the protein through my breast milk.

I feel shell shocked. I know that many, many people live with peanut allergies. I know that there are tons of people who are allergic to a lot more things. I know that we will find our new normal and it will be fine. I know I am being over dramatic. But I’m taking a selfish minute here to simply think about my family and how I now have to carry an epi pen for my darling, perfect daughter. It physically hurts.

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7 thoughts on “Finding a New Normal

  1. Ugh, I’m so sorry! That really sucks. And yes, you will find a new normal and the new ‘rules’ will become easier to live with, but it still sucks, especially in this day and age where so many products have hidden allergens in them. I’m glad you found out now though – I can’t imagine what it would be like to find out through an anafylactic shock!

  2. i am so sorry! :-(

    and don’t take time to apologize for grieving just because someone else might have it worse. take your time to grieve this because right now, this is what matters and your emotions are worth feeling and working through.

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