Earlier today I loved milk. I was simply ecstatic on my Facebook posts because it appeared my five year old had passed a food challenge to determine whether or not she had outgrown her milk allergy. I was a nervous wreck all morning. Bailey is a great patient. She does whatever the doctor asks and played/colored/watched movies the entire three hours. I was on pins and needles. Today was huge. Could she finally try ice cream? Would we be able to mark milk off the list that also include peanuts and eggs?
The answer to the above questions was yes for a few hours and now it’s become, um…well…maybe. Food allergies, like so many other health issues, are not easy to explain. There are skin tests, blood tests, and food challenges. There’s a LOT of frustration and lack of understanding. And on top of all of the things I just mentioned, there’s a five year old little girl who wants to eat what her sisters are eating. There’s this little person whose body doesn’t process certain foods the way it is supposed to and that makes her mommy and daddy sad. Okay, it makes daddy sad (because he loves her and is a logical person) and it’s starting to really piss off her mommy (because SHE is NOT always rational). We have not given up hope that Bailey has outgrown her milk allergy but the answer simply isn’t clear yet. Thankfully she is a very healthy kid who is loved beyond measure and at the end of the day, that is really all that matters.