1 year anniversary of OIT

One year ago today, we walked in for the first day of OIT with our eight-year-old daughter.  As parents, we were anxious and excited all at the same time.  The anxiety resulted from years of conditioning ourselves to protect our daughter from any ingestion of peanuts.  We had even trained her as best as any 8 year old can be. The excitement came from the small seed of hope that had been whispering, “what if this works?” So armed with nothing but hope, prayers and two epi pens, we embarked on this journey. Some people from the OIT groups may recall that I’ve posted a quote several times that resonated with me during our decision to do OIT. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” I don’t know the author, but I found it to encompass exactly how I felt about starting OIT.  Food allergy living can be isolating and scary.  While it seemed scary enough on that first day, we weren’t isolated anymore.  We had Dr. Agrawal with us every step of this journey.  And though we didn’t know him very well at the time, we soon learned that he was the most dedicated doctor that we’ve ever known.