Lauren - Your allergist sounds about as helpful as ours!! I am so excited to see this new guy. The people in my facebook food allergy group who have been to him just rave about him. :)
So the food allergy treatment goes something like this:
Thursday is just a consultation. So I don't know for sure if he'll even be accepted, but other than his age, I don't see too many reasons why they might reject him.
Treatment day 1: This is an 8-10 hour day, they call it a "rush". They'll come in periodically and give him a dose of peanut solution, monitor his vital signs during it all, and make sure he doesn't react. This will determine his dose for home.
Then at home, we'll give him a dose twice a day. He's not allowed to sleep for an hour after his dose, and he's not allowed to exercise for 1-2 hours after his dose (this will be tricky because he's hyperactive).
We'll return to the office every week or two for increases in dose (doing it weekly gets the treatment done faster, but with my work schedule, we'll probably have to do every other week). They'll challenge him with the higher dose in the office, monitor vitals, and send us home to do it again.
If at any point, he begins to react, they cut the doses back and basically slow down for a little while, then gradually increase it again as tolerated.
As far as Sean's reaction to peanut, we don't know for sure... They say you can't judge potential future reactions from what happened in previous reactions. However, he hasn't really been exposed to peanuts since the initial reaction that prompted us to have him tested. That was about 2 years ago. He basically had a small lick of PB off of a spoon and got hives around his mouth. His blood allergy tests continue to show high numbers and he had the skin test done again and it swelled up pretty big for peanut. It's amazing to think that tiny little bit of peanut protein on the end of that scratch thing can cause his skin to swell up so much... So it is scary to think about what might happen if he reacts again. The allergist says when he goes to school, he'll need to eat lunch at a separate peanut-free table, which breaks my heart. His reaction to egg was similar, so if this goes well with the peanut thing, I want to do it with egg also.
Mary - I hope Sean is accepted and the treatment goes well! Food allergies sound so scary.
AFM: now Oliver has a different rash all over his body. My ILs (retired docs) were over yesterday and said it looks like an amoxicillin reaction to them. They're convinced it's not HFM and that the others won't get a rash. But... I'm still thinking we have two things going on. Oliver's V+D and all over rash I think are from the antibiotic. The fever and rash on hands, feet, mouth, and knees I think is from HFM. The other boys also had high fevers (Alex had a little nausea, but nothing like what Oliver had) and now this morning Raymond has a few small rash blisters on his feet. I really don't think there's any point in taking any of them to the ped, though. I don't think they'd be able to make any more sense of it than I can and the rash doesn't bother him. I am going to be cautious with amoxicillin antibiotics with him in the future, though. So frustrating.
And the PTing is stalled, as I expected. It's a game for him. He likes to pee in the potty but doesn't understand that he's only supposed to pee there. At least we know he'll get it eventually. He's still having some diarrhea, so I'd love to get him back in diapers for now.
And I have that u/s in a few days. I'm getting a little nervous.
ETA: by the way, I don't follow celebrity news, but I also don't entirely live in a hole in the ground. I was very amused that after getting married a few days after I had Oliver the royal couple went and had their baby on DH's and my anniversary. Darn them for making me unable to forget the dates useless (to me) celebrity news happened. I also wish they'd announce the name. We need to get to work on a name and I want to know what we should cross off our list. Maybe they'll just go with Alexander and we'll be all set. ;)
ETA2: Just what I need, but, I think it's getting close to time for a more detailed "where do babies come from?" talk with the boys. Their questions are getting more specific and harder to answer without mentioning sex. Any advice on how to tell them (or how not to tell them) based on either what you've done (Amanda, help me!) or what your parents did?
Mary - That sounds like something really promising for Sean. I hope he gets to participate so you can have him in a better place before school starts for him.
Virginia - I'm sorry the kids have been sick :( I hope they are feeling better. I hope you have a good u/s and get good news. As for where babies come from...I tend to be pretty honest in general. Naturally I'd simplify but I'll probably stick to the facts when the time comes
Lauren - glad the books have helped you - it must be scary to be allergic to something so common
AFM - Had the interview last night. It was about an hour on the phone. I think I'd really enjoy the job I'm not certain I'm as experienced as they want though. We'll see. She said she had at least one other interview this week and then they'd look to schedule folks to come in person in August if I made the cut (so to speak). So we'll see. I hope if I didn't they let me know quickly because a May baby sounds pretty nice....and if the job is a bust then baby it is! But it's definitely a job I'd put baby #3 on a year's hold for if it worked out. So we'll see, I'm not patient so I already want to know if I get to go to NC for a second interview...
Good luck, Katie! I hope the job works out (or gets back to you quickly so you can TTC!)
AFM: the kids are doing better. whew.
I decided it's time to bite the bullet and ordered a book to read to the older boys. They already know tons of stuff about pregnancy and birth (not just the good stuff, either). But Raymond knows he's missing some key piece of information. He has such a scientific mind that I think he'll deal well with the news and, honestly, I'm kind of glad we'll get the first part of the talk out of the way before it's awkward for him. DH gets the harder, later talks. ;)
Virginia - Good luck with the talk! Let us know how it goes, haha... Not looking forward to any of that.
Katie - Good luck with the job! I'm anxious for you. Either way, I suppose it's a win-win... New job or new baby!
AFM - Still not entirely convinced I didn't get Lyme disease. Ugh. It's frustrating because I tested negative, but too many things are just TOO coincidental. And my doctor just brushed off my Lyme concerns because my test was negative. But the test for it is notoriously imperfect, sooo... I don't know. I've been having issues with my hearing, certain problems that are not generally associated with MS, but that have been reported in Lyme. Hearing problems are generally pretty rare with MS, only like 6%. I don't know. I wish I could just get some answers because this is making me insane. Right now, certain sounds feel painfully loud to me in my right ear only. It renders normal noises into this screeching static-like sound. It is the strangest thing. OMG.
In other news, I'm excited for Sean's appointment tomorrow! He is so sweet... He woke me up all excited this morning asking me if today is the day we go to talk to the doctor and see if he can eat peanuts. :) He's excited too.
Mary - I was just talking with DH recently about how the test fails so often. I know someone whose sister is going through the same thing as you - testing for Lyme versus MS. Any chance you can talk your doc into trying the antibiotics just in case it's Lyme? Or get a second opinion?
How's the pumping going? Did your supply increase easily?
I hope Sean's appointment goes really well!
I'm almost relieve to finally get DH to agree that we should do the talk. Yesterday Raymond asked "Where was I before I was a cell?" Not such an easy question (to an athiest/agnostic, anyway)
Lauren - It's neat the Prince was born on your birthday, I joked that he couldn't wait 5 days for mine, then I would have someone famous born on my birthday. Sounds like your routine stuff is pretty fun, I am thinking of taking Natalie swimming Thursday.
Mary - As much of a hassle the nut free thing is here in schools, guess if you have a kid with an allergy keeping them away from it would be more of one. Every year except last year Dana had at least one kid in her class with a nut allergy, it was amazing this year her class ok.
Virginia - Dana reacted badly to amoxicillan, but it runs in my family. First time she had it she was about 2 years old and it made her projectile vomit (not fun), she hasn't had it since, don't want to take the risk. Natalie didn't get Amoxicillan till she was 3 and it went ok, thankfully.
Good point on the royal baby name, I wouldn't want to use it either, never like picking popular names, since I grew up with one. There is a poem, I think it`s called "Too Many Amanda's" by Dennis Lee, totally describes what it was like in school with a common name. LOL
That is a tough one, Nataile just accepts some vague answers, and is happy with it. The toughest was "How did I get out of your tummy?" I just said that I went to the hospital and and she came out, Natalie was content with that. Natalie also knows that a period is a sign that there is no baby in my tummy, I explained that once when she saw me changing a pad and looked panicked and asked if I was ok.
Katie - Good luck with the job.
Made a really yummy blueberry pie yesterday.
Today I am in the office, had a productive morning but can't seem to get into the swing of things this afternoon.
My cycles are normally 29 days and I am on CD34 wonder where AF is? Not that I mind. Though knowing my luck it will show in my birthday.
Royal baby was named, Virginia not sure it's on your top 10 list but it's not on mine, no where near.
George Alexander Louis
Because of the announcement I was thinking of names I like. I'd have a tough time with boys names, since Liam, which I love is in the top 10 and Owen my mom would nick name O-E, yuck! Was thinking I couldn't come up with one for a girl, I struggled with Dana and Natalie, then I thought of Doctor Who and Clara, I like it.
So I'm curious what are names you ladies like that you haven't used? Virginia since I don't know if you want to share your boy choices, feel free to add girl.
I don't think George or Louis would have made our list. Alexander obviously did. ;)
I've worked hard to set a precedent of being very honest with the kids and always willing to answer any question they have. Raymond, understandably, has not been content with vague answers. He sometimes asks variations on the same question looking for more detail. Alex mostly listens, but now and then comes out with a real tough one. They keep me on my toes. But, I think it's good in the long run.
In potty news, Oliver kept getting out of bed at nap time and going to the potty. After failing to pee he said "do poo poo." (he still doesn't talk much, so that alone was awesome). He wouldn't sit on the potty, so I put a diaper on and he pooped soon after. At least he knew it was coming. He's been better about staying dry today, too.
Names. Oh my. We have to do that again soon. We haven't really discussed it at all, although the boys have made plenty of suggestions. All I know is that Zachary was our 2nd choice with Alex and way up there with Oliver. Who knows if it'll make the cut, though.
We've never talked girls names. I like traditional names for either gender. I try to avoid the most popular, although we managed to hit Alexander at the peak of popularity. Oops. I grew up with an (obviously) uncommon, old fashioned name and it was tough sometimes, but I'm glad I wasn't a Jennifer! Or a Sarah. Or any of those other super common names. DH has a very common name and it has never bothered him. And I've run into almost as many Raymonds and Olivers at playgrounds (202nd and 78th in their birth years) as kids named Alex (4th in his birth year). I'm not sure where they're all hiding. ;) We did give the kids all common names as middle names (Andrew, david, William) so they have a back-up. I would have liked one (say, in middle school, when a name containing the word "virgin" makes you the butt of a lot of jokes) but I have a really bizarre family name instead.