After the required IV, blood draw and skin test, we got down to business with the first flour food challenge. Even with cinnamon applesauce, she knew it was the peanut flour almost immediately. The nurses couldn't confirm, but it didn't matter. She successfully finished the first challenge having consumed the equivalent of 16 and 2/3rd's peanuts. Several hours later after sitting through the observation period and finishing the required oat flour challenge, we moved on to the real stuff. She ate 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Can you guess how many peanuts are in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter? Approximately 33 and 1/3rd! Amazing! Per a suggestion from the nurse, we made a party of it. I brought leftover party plates, napkins, a few party hats and the bag of ingredients for our peanut butter treats. Her doctor and nurses joined us, and we all sat around the kiddie table and ate peanut butter together. She was nervous, but excited for the treat.
|Here we are almost ready to start the party.|
|Abigail at the start of the clinical trial.|
|Abigail on the last day of the trial.|
And tomorrow...she eats peanuts. A peanut and a 1/2 on a regular basis will protect her. The nurse's advise this afternoon was to relax and just have her eat some peanut products. Honestly, I don't think I'm going to have any trouble doing just that! We are so excited about the life changes that are about to come our way. It's hard to believe that we've been blessed in such a manner.