Saturday, May 23, 2009

got milk?

Earlier this week we made a one last trip to Ezra's allergist before we move and discuss all of our options and how he's progressing. Well, we did some talking and testing and some more talking and...

Ezra's now on MILK!!!


I can't even tell you how big of a deal this is. When his milk challenge is officially over (next Monday), my life will drastically change. Not just what I feed my kid, but so much of my daily life: what I cook, how and where I shop, what I bring with me when I leave, what I have to tell the babysitter/primary teacher/preschool...it drastically alters so many of my hopes and fears for my child.

One small step for Ezra and one giant leap away from the pocket protector and high water jeans.

Back to the allergist visit: With his skin-prick test, Ezra only reacted to raw eggs, which he has previously. He isn't reacting to peanuts/tree nuts anymore, but the doctor would prefer we do an official challenge in-office for that one after we move to Kansas City because the risk of anaphylactic complications go up with nuts. So we're still avoiding all nuts for now. As for other restrictions, we still have to avoid raw eggs, but that's not all that hard to do.

On the downside, it looks like he has some environmental allergies. We couldn't figure out the trigger as he didn't react to anything on his skin-prick test, but he has all the classic symptoms. Also, his tonsils are so huge that we might have to have them removed, which we'll discuss more with our doctor once we move to Kansas City.

So, all in all, a pretty exciting thing.

In other news, Scarlett and I are currently in Alabama at a mini-family reunion. I wasn't planning on going, but Spencer's a doll and surprised me by insisting I head out. I'll fly out of here on Wednesday and meet up with Spencer in Denver on our way to Utah for the Spencer's twin siblings' high school graduation. I have one very brave hubby who is driving all the way from Oklahoma to Denver by himself with the two older kiddos.

Yes, he really is that fabulous.

11 comments:

kristin said...

YAY!!!! What a huge relief for your family. Food allergies/intolerances are horribly stressful. Good thing Ez has something less to make him geeky ;)

Dirk and Trish said...

Yay! We tried dairy free for just a few weeks, and it's amazing all the things that contain milk. Glad all your hard work is paying off!
How fun to see so much family! Let us know if you guys need anything passing through CO. Enjoy!

Chrissy said...

Spencer has had been diagnosed with celiac for over 25 years. Adia has it too. If your kid ends up with a wheat allergy be sure to email me. I have lots of good solutions to those cooking problems. congrats on adding a food back in.

Zachary said...

Woo Hoo Ezra!! Please tell me you have given him the joy of chocolate milk.

Caldwell Family said...

Congrats on the win over food. I don't currently have experience with food allergies, but I'm glad Ezra is back on milk. Good luck with the move.

Aubrey said...

Woohoo for Ezra! And you do have a fabulous husband. Hope you have fun in Alabama and Utah. Let me know when you get back.

Spencer said...

Just a note to Zach: Ezra's challenge was with milk doused with chocolate syrup (also new to his diet). Ezra still prefers soy milk over cow milk, so he is drinking only chocolate cow milk for the time being. We definitely plan to phase out the soy (and the exclusive chocolate milk), but it might take a while.

Zachary said...

Awesome! Thanks for the info. I am guessing Grandpa Lifferth is excited about this.

Coty* said...

That is so fantastic...I'm sure it's even more fantastic (for you and Ezra) than any of us really know!
Chocolate Milk...well, it's just a must!
ENJOY EZRA!!!!

Alabama Apples said...

Hooray for ice cream, cheese, chocolate milk...and everything milk-y!!! I can't wait to see him devour his own ice cream cone.

On a side note, THANK YOU, SPENCE!!!!! Seriously, thank you so very much for giving my sis to me for the week. I truly appreciate your sacrifice (and it is a ginormous one). Hugs and kisses!

Steph said...

Yippe, wahoo and double horray!!! What a happy day!! I am so excited for the fun things that he gets to try and the new ease of shopping, packing, cooking, etc. But what I am super-duper excited about is what Ezra is able to partcipate in. Now he doesn't have to tell his friends/teachers/cousins/etc... that things aren't "good for his tummy". He can be a real three year old and take a big sloppy lick of the ice cream cone that everyone else is enjoying instead of being big and brave and getting his "own" treat. Yippe for true childhood!!