Yup, Wyatt has a moderate egg allergy. Our doctor said no eggs for another year until we retest. We can try baked goods, but need to be cautious in case he does react. We have to carry an epipen now.
I officially feel like I want to put my kid in a bubble. I know most kids outgrow an egg allergy. I’m hopeful that will happen for Wyatt too.
Our doc also mentioned that his red blood cell count is high. Immediately, I began asking questions. You see, my dad has a genetic blood disorder – polycythemia vera – which is essentially, elevated red blood cells.
The doctor didn’t seem overly concerned. She said it could have been from the difficulty they had taking his blood or from the recent allergic reaction. She gave us a requisition to retest in 3 months.
I wanted to believe her, but I had to validate it. The second we got in the truck I googled,”elevated red blood cells babies”. And what do you think came up? Polycythemia.
I had a hard time keeping it together. Tears rolled down my face as my mind raced to worst case scenario: he is diagnosed with the disorder. It progresses to leukemia like my Dad. I lose my child.
My husband attempted to talk me down from the ledge of what if scenarios.
I messaged a nurse friend who reassured me it was most likely due to the recent allergic reaction.
The morale of this story is: The amount of love I have for my son – and how much of a journey it was to get him here – makes the thought of losing him THAT much harder.
My mother instinct is strong. All I want to do is protect and nuture him. I don’t want him to suffer. And I’m terrified of what it may mean if 3 months from now those levels are still elevated.
But for now, there’s nothing I can do but TRUST that it will be alright.
Please, please let my biggest worry be the eggs!
If anyone has any advice for dealing with an egg allergy, feel free to share! 😊