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First Round Test

Feeling blessed in a major way today!  Today we went to the allergist with an egg-laden item in tow to see how Rachel reacted under careful scrutiny and a watchful eye.  As much as I tried to act as if this was no big deal…honestly, my heart was restless from the wee hours of this morning.  Prayers were being said all through a sleepless night.  (Despite the fact that we brought an item that we had already accidentally tried a few days ago.)  There was still the tinge of the unknown that it could have been a anomaly, or that Rachel had a reaction that we had missed.IMG_8295

Over the last 13 or so years dealing with allergies (first born son had serious mspi as well as  nut and egg allergy for many years), the thing I know, have read, and have watched is that allergies follow no rhyme or reason.  They are unpredictable.  How could an egg be harmless to some,  and yet cause another person a near death experience?  It does not make any sense.  Ask any doctor why this happens, and they will give you the same answer, “They don’t know why”.

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One of the last challenges with the chicken. Rachel jumped up when the timer went off excited for the next bite.

 

So while trying to appear calm on the outside today, the first bite of food that Rachel took…caused my heart to race.  Although we felt completely COVERED in prayer, it was still an emotional experience. Rachel did great!  I purposely didn’t feed her lunch so that she would be hungry enough.  Ooops, I forgot how painfully slow this process is. =) After getting checked in at 1 and going over some things  they finally gave her a small bite 1/32 of the chicken strip and we watched and waited for 10 minutes.  Then 1/16, followed by a sampling of 1/16, and 1/8.   Kinda funny by the time she got around to the 1/2 she was ready and rearing to eat that piece quickly! =)  For a girl who is often not hungry, I have not often witnessed her munch down her food so quickly.  There was a bit of excitement to this process for her for sure even with the 2 hours and 15 minutes in the office.  We had to wait for some time afterward.

VICTORY!!  NO REACTION! Praise the LORD!

The doctor is being extremely cautious due to her history with eggs, which I both appreciate and sadly am trying to moderate my desire to move forward quickly.  For now, the doctor would like Rachel to add no other foods except the new chicken nuggets until we test the next cooked item.  As much as there is a desire to move forward quickly, there is great wisdom in moving slowly.  Unfortunately, there were no appointments available till next week. =)  I, again, was hoping for another appointment tomorrow. However, the next available appointment was not until next Wednesday.  Chocolate cake is on the menu.  Kinda funny due to the time of day of this appointment….breakfast.  Who doesn’t like chocolate cake for breakfast? Hubby asked if I even remembered how to make a cake with eggs?  It has been YEARS!! Thinking about it, it’s literally been over a decade since I have baked a cake with eggs for my family!!  That’s crazy to see that statement in print.

Trying to hide her smile…but she couldn't!!!!

Trying to hide her smile…but she couldn’t!!!!

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See this funny face? She is doing a happy dance.

The Dr. thinks that if Rachel can tolerate this cake, that we should be able to add many things that are cooked for a decent amount of time.  (Remember the longer the egg is cooked, the less stable and safer the protein is to her immune system i.e. no reaction.)  This next level would include cakes, muffins, breads.  We will most likely still hold off on cookies for a bit as most cookies are not cooked for very long and the best cookies are still soft which would mean that the egg has not had a chance to be denatured or cooked long enough.  I am fine with that!  Rachel has NEVER had a commercial cake or hardly a cake that I have not made for her.  We have brought our cupcakes in a tupperware more times than I can count.  While we are used to it and are thankful for the many blessings that we have, truly the list of life changing additions would blow your mind!  I can scarcely allow myself to think about the amazing transformation or lightening of the health load we would experience without the life threatening egg allergy.  But… I look forward to that with HOPE from the Lord of all creation. The one who designed Rachel and created every food we enjoy.  He alone is able!

PRAISING THE LORD!!

PRAISING THE LORD!! She did it!

We praise Him for His goodness, care and protection!  Thank you friends for your faithful prayers!

Celebrating God’s goodness and wonderful love for us tonight!

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One Response

  1. I love your whole wonderful family. Slowly but surely – Good luck!

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