Our son recently had a blood test to see where his allergies were at, the good news was that lentils have made a significant decrease, but the elusive and more valued dairy, egg and nuts have continued to be stubborn and have gotten, slightly worse. To say I was disappointed was an understatement.
I remember asking our specialist if there was any chance we could get beyond this, that my son’s immune system could somehow press ‘factory reset’ and settle down, and she told me about a 2-year-old boy who was severely allergic to dairy at 6 months, they retested him at 2 years of age and there was no evidence of allergies to dairy. The mother and her were a bit shocked and surprised so they did a food challenge ‘on the ward’ (for high risk challenges) at the local children’s hospital and he passed with flying colours. Of course I had to ask what did the Mum do – did she take her child to a faith healer, did she say it was because of divine intervention, she tried a new supplement, a chiropractor anything, anyone? But the answer was ‘no’…you know I would give any lead a try as long it was safe and not harmful in any way. I went home a little more crushed.
The next day my close friend sent me an article from the New York Post which I am sure if you have allergies, you have read or heard about. It’s about the story of the power of a Specialist, an individual with conviction (and know how) and a group of committed families, local action that funded this ground breaking research. The research was risky, and my opinion scary, but we have now a new strategy for tackling severe multiple food allergies. I don’t say this lightly but these people all of them are my heroes, because I know the risk they took to be apart of this research. I can’t wait until it goes through Peer Review, published and the treatment more widely available. You can read about it here.
Just today I was heartened to find out, that here in one of the most isolated parts of the planet, Perth – Western Australia, a Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Barry Marshall is looking at the role of a tiny bug called helicobacter pylori, the same bug he used in his ground breaking research into ulcers, to treat asthma, allergies and eczema, you can read about it here.
I wish we had a cure right now that wasn’t risky that was like taking an oral dose regularly, a desensitisation program, I would even consider taking a bug that is found commonly in the gut. Bring on a cure!
In the interim, I praying for a miracle and as my Mum says ‘storming the heavens’, if you have any spare prayers I would appreciate them for all allergy sufferers.
This is about the most emotional I will get, and I promise to return to normal services very soon….just a picking myself up, dusting my self ‘off’ and ready to start all over again; as Dory in ‘Nemo’ says “just keep swimming”.