When Raya's big brother was little, he used to eat peanut butter & jelly sandwiches every day and waffles with peanut butter for breakfast. He only liked creamy peanut butter though and would vomit if he ate crunchy. For a long time we thought it was a texture issue but his pediatrician suggested having allergy testing done, although she didn't think it sounded like an allergy since he was okay with creamy peanut butter. I didn't take him to the allergist. Instead we just didn't feed him crunchy peanut butter and everything was fine. Then one evening I was making some celery with cashew butter on it and he asked for a bite. I gave him a bite and 10 minutes later he was leaning over the garbage can puking his little guts out. He vomited off & on all evening. A couple days later, I put a dab of the cashew butter on his cheek just to see what would happen. Within minutes, the whole side of his face had broken out in hives. I called the allergist that very moment and after waiting for what seemed like forEVER, he finally got in for testing. (it was worth the wait, we LOVE our allergists!) Low and behold, my boy turned out to be allergic to peanuts AND tree nuts, with cashew and hazelnut being his most severe. He was 3 when he was diagnosed.
Fast forward 4 years and we have this darling girl:
Who likes to wear the pirate pants from the dress-up box and sit on the counter to eat Cheerio dust early in the morning.
After we dropped the kids off at school this morning, we came home and I made the daring move of letting the girls watch Backyardigans on Netflix while I took a shower. When I came out, Raya had a handful of crunchy peanut butter so I put her in the high chair and gave her a little cup with more peanut butter in it. She's been eating PB for quite a while now and loves it, and it's about 95 calories per tablespoon so it's a nice high calorie food for her. While she was strapped in, I hurried to get a couple of things done and a few minutes later, Kaida came and told me that Raya had "water puked" on her shirt and the high chair tray. I thought she meant that Raya had spit up water because she's been doing that a lot lately but that wasn't what happened this time. I went in the kitchen and Raya had vomited peanut butter and water all down the front of her shirt and all over the high chair tray. My heart sank because that's exactly how it started with Cole. I had her spit out the rest of the peanut chunks that she had chewed up and was holding in her mouth and then gave her a drink of water and put some Benadryl in her G tube just to be on the safe side. Then I called the allergist's office and scheduled another round of allergy testing. Since I gave her Benadryl, we have to wait at least 10 days before testing her so she'll have it done at the end of the month. I may have shed a tear or two somewhere in between peeling off her vomit covered t-shirt and trying to wash the peanut butter off of her hands without letting her lick it off. We already had to take away her beloved sour cream because it started making her sick, and now we have to take away the only other calorie-dense food that she will always eat when it's offered to her. Sometimes life just isn't fair.
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