The best thing about being home is smoothies! It’s also cool that my study buddy group in class is also hitting the smoothies hard core.
My smoothies!! (including when I was rushed and picked up a green smoothie at a smoothie shop!)
I am fully functional again, and all signs of nausea and no appetite have passed! It did take much longer than I anticipated, but all’s well that end’s well. Had some good solid food eats too as a result!
I went to my first hot yoga class in MONTHS this weekend. It was so perfect. It was tough, and I may still be a bit sore between the shoulder blades, but I totally needed it. I love doing yoga at home, but there’s something about the challenge and comradery of a group class with a great instructor!
So the big accomplishment of the last week appears to be getting over jet lag! SO YAY.
Actually, the best part of the past week has been spending time with family. It’s hard to be motivated to do much else!
The other big news is R starting OIT (oral immuno-therapy) for her peanut allergy. For those that don’t know, my youngest (13 years old) has a life threatening peanut allergy. She can’t travel on a plane, can’t eat from a bakery, can’t step foot in many restaurants (like Thai & Chinese), and has to sit at a special “food allergy” table during her lunch breaks at school.
She’s started the OIT treatment program last Thursday – which is essentially eating a very small dose of peanut protein and slowly increasing that dose until you can actually eat the offending food. To give an idea, 1 small peanut has 250 mg of peanut protein. R’s current dose is 3mg. The first 2 days the dosing was done at the doctors office to watch for reactions – and she did have a minor one of a sore throat (it’s how we knew to stop with 3mg. We had started with 0.1mg). Since then, it’s at-home dosing for two weeks, then back to the doctor to “updose” and monitor.
All told, the program takes around 8-12 months to reach a point of immunity. The “medicine” is to eat peanuts (or peanut-containing candy, etc) every day for life to keep that immunity. It’s a long road, but if successful, will let her lead a normal life where food is no longer something to be afraid of! I’m so proud of her. It’s scary as can be to purposefully eat the one thing you know can harm you. It’s scary as hell to FEED your child something you’ve had her avoid her entire life just to keep her safe.
Aside from that, it’s been all about school since we’re in our exam period! In fact, I have off today to study with a buddy and knock out the rest of my work by Sunday!
So, here’s some pics to leave you with!