Over the last three years I have documented pretty much all of our allergy journey. The highs and lows and everything in between.
Allergies have been and remain a huge part of our day-to-day life. For many years, allergies have ruled our lives. What should have been a blissful time in my life simply wasn’t. Each and every part of our day revolved around keeping Theo safe, days out were based around catering for him, and if we forgot his med bag, that was it. We simply had to turn around and go home, it just wasn’t worth the risk.
Over the past 6-8 months, Theo has slowly outgrown several of his allergies and intolerances. He now tolerates dairy, gluten and soya. He is still allergic to some medications, kiwi and dust, but our lives have changed completely.
Having multiple allergies meant that Theo was afraid of food. He was scared to try something new in case it made him ill. These days he is still extremely fussy when it comes to eating, but he has experienced so many new tastes and textures and is far more open to trying, he no longer cries at the sight of a plate.
It was always the little things that upset me, like not being able to let him have an ice cream from the ice cream van and not being able to buy him the Paw Patrol birthday cake he’d been after for months.
Take it from me, there is nothing quite like seeing your child tuck into his first Mr Whippy. I cried tears of joy.
Nowadays I don’t have to hold the reins quite so tightly. He’s safer than ever before and both he and I are loving it. He still carries an EpiPen for the remaining allergies, but because those allergies are less common, the immediate danger isn’t quite so immediate.
A few weeks ago he was invited to the birthday parties of two of his friends. Both Mum’s got in touch to ask how they could cater for Theo and I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it felt to say ‘as long as there is no kiwi, it’s fine’.
I never thought I’d see the day. I am immensely proud of how far my little boy has come.
Having a child with allergies has taught me a lot about myself, my baby, and other people. Thanks to allergies, I can now cook proper, delicious food and I am far more aware of what goes into the food we buy.
The best bit? Allergies have helped me to help others, and for that, in a weird way, I will be forever grateful.
For more info about allergies, check out the Allergy UK website.