And then there was pistachio.
Pistachio, Class 1/Equivocal (0.42kU/L)
And pinenut -- a nut we had never tested for individually.
Pinenut, Class 0 (<0.35kU/L)
Pecan, Class 0 (<0.35kU/L)
Susan is NOT cured.
Susan should always carry epinephrine.
I allowed Susan the same experience I had...
of reviewing the results one at a time...
of coming upon the peanut result, for I wanted to see her reaction...to measure my reaction against hers.
I watched, waited.
And Susan's eyes met mine -- I could tell -- we were in synch.
While Susan's IgE for peanut has decreased (from 360 to 92.20), she is still very allergic to peanut. As incredible as the result was, it was also a stark and sobering reminder of what, in reality, I already knew -- this is a marathon, not a sprint...and we are still far, far from the finish line.
(And yet, I remember all too well the risks we faced every time Susan left the house, every time we fed Susan...and the risks we DID NOT take...the travel we did not do, the places we did not go, the food we did not eat...the experiences we never even contemplated.)
OIT is a shift in lifestyle -- away from avoiding the (oft invisible) danger(s) to...managing the risk...meeting the enemy face-on, in a controlled environment...it is part science, a lot art...and...faith that challenging the very thing that holds the power to kill you will...ultimately...free you.
With this, Susan will continue to take her daily morning dose of approximately 10 peanuts and her afternoon/evening dose of approximately 8 peanuts. And every day I will marvel at the fact that she is able to (at least most of the time) consume a potentially lethal amount of peanut...twice daily. Amazing.