I’ve got some good friends who are missionaries in Bolivia. They’re oldest daughter, we’ll call her N, has a test today (Monday) at the local hospital, seeing where her allergies are at. She’s had SEVERE allergies her entire life (she’s just over 5 now I believe). Like, crazy over-the-top swell up and hardly be able to breathe allergies. To simple things like milk, peanuts, etc. To the Lord’s praise, N has significantly improved over the last year. Today is another test to check the progress. From the email:
Monday morning we will be conducting a food challenge for milk. We’ll sit at the hospital let her touch milk, wait ten minutes give her 1 teaspoon of milk, wait give her 2 tsp, etc until she’s had a cup of milk. Last time she had milk she broke out in hives in 60 seconds, her face swelled up and her breathing became labored, so we are fairly frightened about the process. It feels like our doctor has told us that she is now bullet proof and we should shoot at her. All our parenting instincts have been focused on avoiding these foods for years now.
Please pray for us Monday Morning, that N will have no reaction, that she won’t have to live in fear of her friends’ snacks, that we can go to restaurants and people’s houses without grilling everyone on the contents of every dish.
This breaks my heart. I understand what it is to have a child who has a severe medical history, but quite frankly, we haven’t had to deal with anything of this magnitude. This is an everyday battle my friends fight; constant vigilance and having to watch your daughter be in constant pain (if an allergy flares up). I can’t even imagine. They must get so tired. And yet I am encouraged by their email. I am hopeful this test will go well.
Please pray with me.
UPDATE: N’s tests went really well!!! She appears to be freed from her milk allergy! She had a hearty glass of chocolate milk and then a cheeseburger!!! Thank you Jesus for allowing a sweet little girl to eat dairy again.