Since before Ethan could even walk, he was so in-tune with his allergies that if he picked up an allergen (like a fallen Cheereo on the ground), his hand would grasp it in curiosity but immediately drop it and back away. Somehow he knew what was harmful to him.
With time, we would test those instincts by asking him to hold a potential allergen in his hand and say "Body, am I allergic to this?" and he would answer either yes or no. He has been bang on 100% of the time! We've done our best to encourage him to hone in on that skill set, a wise intuition.
Today, I was grating a massive brick of cheese as he played with his Lego at the breakfast counter. Sivana's intuition about cheese being out in the open had her in the kitchen in no time opening her mouth like a little bird asking for "Cheese, please!" Ethan looked up from his Lego then back down again and said "I sure wish I wasn't allergic to cheese."
Dairy has been one of his top allergens. He was so off the charts with his eEg tests as a baby that they suggested we not even have dairy in the house. We were warned that even skin contact could be life-threatening. That's why we sold the dairy cow, got rid of chickens due to his severe egg allergy and other potential life-threatening allergen-contributors on our farm.
I've also been ultra protective, constant hand-washing when handling dairy, separate cutting boards, separate pots, dishwasher with sanitizing cycle, etc… but something today put my guard down.
"Ethan, you want to HOLD a piece of cheese?"
Without even feeling too nervous, I placed the piece of cheese in his hand and he asked "Body, can I have this?" His eyes lit up and he said "MOM! My body says YES!!"
Before I could stop him, he placed the piece of cheese in his mouth!!!
He spit the piece out and I regained my composure and said "How about we rub a bit on the top of your hand and watch to see how your skin responds?"
A few years back, Duane left hand marks through Ethan's shirt because Duane had eaten buttered bread and picked Ethan up before washing his hands! Through the little guy's shirt, raised red skin in the print of Duane's big hands revealed just how allergic he was.
Even with this recollection fresh in mind… still, I had peace.
We set the timer for ten minutes and said we'd look at his skin then. I asked him "Ethan, do you know that it's thanks to your allergies that Mommy and Daddy started staying home and keeping the Sabbath? Do you know it's because of your allergies that we started studying God's word so deeply to better understand His will and His ways? I know it hasn't been easy for you, but I thank you for the way you changed our lives being made exactly as you are. If God gave you allergies for a good reason, do you think He could take them away if He wanted to?"
His eyes lit up at the realization and he exclaimed "YES!!"
"Ethan, I don't know if it's God's will that your allergies go away or not, but I DO know whatever He chooses, it is good. Do you agree?"
Ten minutes passed and there is ZERO indication that cheese was rubbed into my son's skin. It's now been thirty minutes and there is ZERO indication that a severe life-threatening allergen made contact with my son's skin and zero indication thus far that sticking cheese in his mouth affected him.
I don't know what this means without official testing in the allergy specialist's office but I do know that something HAS changed. And whatever it is, it is good.
Praise be to God for His perfect will and for His patience with us when we fight Him in our lack of understanding and trust. Oh how He endures us with such patience!! :)
Blessings to you all out there and praise be to God for His breath of life in you… for His perfect will where you are concerned and may He grant you peace in your surrender to that trust in Him. God bless you all!