|Picnic lunch during our first week of school|
I think I managed to keep the boys well for 2, maybe 3 weeks (it is all a blur at this point), and then Little Monkey threw up and spiked a fever. Great, the dreaded fever. I bleached, did my best to keep the boys separated for a few days, and attempted everything to hopefully keep Big Monkey from getting this one. Well, attempts didn't work. Four days later Big Monkey threw up. Thankfully, this was a very mild and very short GI bug. Also, thankfully, Big Monkey got sick at 11pm. So we skipped his dose the next morning and went right back to a normal dose the next day. Unfortunately, this bug hit the week before we were scheduled to visit Dr. R again. So we had to reschedule for 3 weeks later. This was our first delay since starting in December 2013. I think that is a really good track record.
|Creativity was practiced while we were contagious and stuck at home. Little Monkey's helmet, shield, chest plate, and sword made from zoobs|
|Trip to the circus|
|Little Monkey at the circus|
I'd love to say that our office visit was uneventful, but it wasn't. It was a successful visit, but it was a bit challenging. We have hit an amount of peanut flour now where it would be advantageous and a lot easier if we could switch to dosing with whole peanuts (that's right, actual peanuts!). Now remember, Dr. R offered Big Monkey a peanut back in May and he was too afraid to eat it. So I've been talking with Big Monkey about eating a peanut since May. We've talked about what a peanut tastes like (he eats other nuts) and how a the number of peanuts Dr. R would give him is the exact same as the flour he is eating everyday just not all ground up. I truthfully think the peanuts would taste better as the flour has sort of a weird taste. It has a peanut flavor, but with a sort of floury taste along with it. We even set up some bribery (I am so not against bribery in cases like these - this is not an easy task for Big Monkey). A trip to a local natural history museum to see the dinosaur bones as well as a trip to a local ice cream parlor (a first for Big Monkey) was offered. All he had to do was eat the peanuts that Dr. R gave him. Better yet, all he had to do was TRY the peanuts (so put them in his mouth). So even if he spit them out and switched to peanut flour, he would have earned his reward.
Yeah, none of that happened. Instead, there was a fight and a tantrum. This is an emotional journey for us and is difficult for Big Monkey to endure at times. He was all geared up and ready to eat the peanut until he saw it. Then he refused. He also refused the peanut flour in the applesauce and attempted to refuse the peanut flour in melted chocolate. Dr. R was willing to just not updose and give me instructions for later, but considering we drive 7 hours to get there and had already rescheduled, I insisted we work with Big Monkey to accomplish an increase. Afterall, peanut flour in applesauce or melted chocolate is nothing new for him. I was a little surprised that he responded like that at the appointment. Thankfully, Dr. R is a doctor with more patience than I think any other doctor on this planet has (he truly is a remarkable and unique individual). We managed to get Big Monkey to take his dose in melted chocolate. He consumed the equivalent of 2.5 peanuts. He developed a very faint and small rash around his mouth (probably from getting all worked up right before his dose), but it faded within 15 minutes without any medication. He was also exhausted the rest of the day, but otherwise did very well. Success.
|We did still go get ice cream as I recognize that this process is not easy for Big Monkey and he needs something positive associated with it. Although, he did not get his natural history museum reward.|
|Little Monkey with his ice cream sundae|
So far we do not have a good track record. We were due for another small increase today, but instead Big Monkey woke with a sore throat. Little Monkey has had some terrible congestion for 2 days, so I think it's safe to say that we have been hit by yet another cold this season. I'll take that any day over vomiting though.
|First day of school!|
|PE at our house!|
|Enjoying the last bit of summer|