It was a day in November that I asked the kids if they wanted to have a piece of fudge that their Neena had made. And considering that I usually want to hoard all that fudge for myself that was really big of me.
Anyways, kids said, "YES"
Pierce took a bite of it and told me he didn't like it, and I questioned his judgement about life, but whatever more for me. And then it wasn't even a minute later that he told me that his tongue itched.
There are walnuts in the fudge and I immediately wondered..... I texted Brittany who has experience with food allergies, and she told me that a food allergy can develop at any age. Great.
Appointment with allergist was set weeks out, but we just wont eat any nuts between now and then I told Pierce. Until genius mom here forgot that rule and gave him a bite of Derby Pie, UGH. And again he said his tongue was itching.
I still thought to myself surely not, but appointment will confirm either way.
But much to wishful thinking, I was wrong.
The doctor came in and told us he is indeed allergic to tree nuts and peanuts.
I think I teared up for a second.
Suddenly we are talking Epi Pens and plans of action if ever need be, and I just never expected that. I know parents and children deal with this on a daily basis, but it took me a few minutes to wrap my head around it.
I'm thankful he's older and is aware of what he's eating and not a baby who just puts anything and everything in his mouth. And I'm thankful I know for sure now. I'm also thankful that it's just an itchy tongue and not a throat swelling shut kind of thing. And prayerfully it never goes there.
It's an unexpected journey, but that's okay.