We made a big deal out of this news, of course. I snapped photos of that first bite, a flutter of anticipation in my chest to see his emotional reaction. (How awful if he'd turned his nose up to it. But he didn't.) I ceremoniously crossed out "Eggs" on all the allergy alert labels on his food containers, backpack, and EpiPen pouch. And I removed this little button from his medical alert bracelet:
He drank it all in–my enthusiasm, my energy–and beamed with pride. I didn't have to send an email to his teachers, because it was his story to tell, and he told it better than I ever could.
So now, only three allergies remain (wheat, tree nuts, and peanuts). There are some tree nuts that we know he can have, including hazelnut (wondrous ingredient of Nutella*). And there is a doctor-supervised oral wheat challenge on the horizon.
Sometimes, as I'm rushing about filling lunch boxes in the morning, I glance over at him and marvel at such an ordinary sight—just another kid eating breakfast.
*The Nutella I am referring to was manufactured in Canada, so I cannot vouch for the "peanut-free" and "nut-free" nature of Nutella produced in other countries. As always, consult your physician, carefully read labels, and call manufacturers when unsure of product ingredients.