Life Upside Down, But Still Thankful


When my son was born, I was bound and determined to feed him such a varied diet so that he would’t be a picky eater.  I had seen so many kids that would’t eat veggies and fruit and I wasn’t going to let that happen.  My next vow was that as soon as he was old enough I was going to send him to preschool.  Then our life was turned upside down, when he was diagnosed with food allergies at age 6 months.  Now, he’s a picky eater but there’s a lot of food he wants to eat and can’t.  I won’t send him to preschool, because I don’t trust others to put his life first like I do.  Boy, did God have something different planned for me. I’m still trying to decode what God is trying to teach me throughout our food allergy journal.  Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of our journey to see how it all started.

Yesterday was our little guy’s yearly check up with the allergist.  The past two check ups we had seen some dramatic, positive  changes in his blood tests.  This time, not so much, and although there were some positives there were some negatives as well.  His celery, carrot, strawberry, and raw tomato allergies actually got worse.  On the flip side, his pumpkin numbers decreased by half, and the allergist felt like we could do an in office food challenge.  He’s always been free of a tree nut allergy, and this time they still came up as negative!  We’re allowed to start progressing with tree nut challenges in office.  I am so excited about the possibility of having almonds in our diet for more protein and all of the other health benefits of such a delicious nut!  Shrimp has never been an allergy for him either, but we’ve just never given it to him since it’s not something I cooked with much at home before allergies.  So, we’re able to try shrimp as well!  You know, when I actually recount yesterday’s appointment I realize that there are a lot more positives than I had thought!  I think I was just bummed out that he had not had more dramatic improvement on the dairy and peanut allergies.  I went to the appointment spoiled from the last two appointments of uplifting news and was disappointed.  But I’m still thankful.

My son might be allergic to 8 foods, but…I’m thankful that he can have many more than 8 foods.

I can’t take him out for pizza, but…I’m thankful for products like Daiya that allow me to make or buy him dairy-free pizza.

My son might have multiple food and environmental allergies as well as asthma, but…I’m thankful that my daughter does not.

We can’t cook or bake with cows milk or butter, but…I’m thankful for products like Earth Balance that give us a safe alternative.

My son might have an invisible disability, but…I’m thankful that he’s alive and healthy otherwise.

Many people are participating in 30 Days of Thankfulness on Facebook, but this year I didn’t.  I didn’t because my life has been turned upside down by food allergies, but they have also softened my heart and forced me to be thankful day in and day out.  

‘Tis the Season of Thankfulness.  Leave a comment and tell me what you’re thankful for!


4 thoughts on “Life Upside Down, But Still Thankful

  1. Yes, yes, and yes. I definitely feel the same way about a lot of what you wrote.

    I am thankful for the safe food products, that did not exist many years ago, and I am thankful for our food allergy community with whom I can share the highs and lows.


    • I can’t imagine how life would have been even 10 years ago with food allergies as far as food products and alternatives. Our diets would have been very limited and boring!

  2. I’m thankful for meeting so many allergy bloggers this month! Sometimes it’s a lonely life we lead, but I’m grateful to read this posts and know there are others out there just like our own family.

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