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Et Tu, Peanuts?

Last year Luke was diagnosed with asthma (a dramatic attack sent us into ERs twice over one weekend, and the systemic steroids sent BGs skyrocketing) and borderline allergy to peanuts.

When we checked in with the allergist on peanuts this year, the test came back: yup, we do need that epipen in the emergency kit. Ah, well – one more shot to add to the collection.

On the way back from the doctor’s, I tried to translate “peanut allergy” into just-turned-three speak.

“Peanuts will make you sick, bud. Milk makes dad sick, and cats make me sick.”

He started sobbing, “But I want peanuts!” (He’s had peanuts just once, but never mind.) I’m not sure whether it was his toddler self crying to get his way or an older self we sometimes catch glimpses of – a kid who senses his life has lies a bit closer to the edge and has more constraints than most. Sometimes Luke’s tantrums seem like tornadoes or hurricanes to have a quiet eye at the center, where he withdraws to assess.

As I talked him down (everyone has things that make them sick, and you just have to know what they are; blah, blah, blah), his mind turned to more interesting possibilities:

“Cats make you sick in you tummy?” He asked and started giggling. “Mommy, you EAT cats?”

Now we were back in familiar little boy territory. Whew.

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  1. I didn’t realize how perilously close Cloud and Shadow were to being devoured. Whew! They escaped within an inch of their lives! LOL go Luke!

    September 7, 2011
    • True! While Huck knows he’s a soup doggy dog. 🙂

      September 7, 2011
  2. Courtney #

    Just read this to the boys. We all had a good chuckle! So sorry you had more worry added to your plate. Don’t “they” know mom’s worry anyway. There is no need to give us more. : ). They say what doesn’t breaks us will make us stronger. Soooo Luke will be Superman!

    September 7, 2011
    • You mean we’ll be Superwoman? 😉

      September 7, 2011
  3. You eat cats? Super cute, and what a relief to have avoided that storm, eh? 🙂

    September 7, 2011
  4. oh ugh really? L was just diagnosed with exercise-related asthma, so one more thing to lug around with her, but at least it’s not another shot, and at least she’s 11 and can better understand the why’s of it all.

    sorry it was upsetting to him in the moment (and oh how i love your description of him retreating to assess), but i’m glad the notion of you as a mad cat eater made him laugh. 🙂

    September 7, 2011
  5. Yup – good thing he cheered himself up, or I would’ve had to have resorted to fart noises!

    September 7, 2011
  6. deadcat #

    Too sweet. We ad our first real breakdown about not being able to eat certain things last week. Surprised it took so long. Eliana can’t have any legumes – and soy flour is in everything now. We have asthma, too. Take note – we’ve found pretty much all birdseed is exposed to peanuts. Ended up with babysitter’s husband getting to test the epi-pen and a trip to the ER after loading the birdfeeder with Sunflower seeds. Would never have guessed myself.
    You’re most awesome Mom, by the way.

    September 10, 2011
    • Ugh – that’s scary. After all you guys have been through, I love seeing her all smiles for the first day of school – would never know from looking at her how much you all have had to deal with!

      September 11, 2011
  7. Yvonne just forwarded this to me. I love three year old humor…love it that they can crack themselves up. Your page is wonderful, I can’t imagine how much families appreciate you sharing this.

    September 11, 2011

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