For the last few weeks, Five has been doing “challenge tests” in the day ward of our local hospital. In each test, Five eats what he is allergic to, and we find out what happens. And each test is three hours. Good times!
SCENE: Children’s day ward at local hospital.
Five is undergoing challenge test #3. This test is for peanut allergy. Five looks at peanut butter and refuses to eat it.
Me: It’s like almond butter.
Nurse: Peanut butter is good. I like it.
Five: No, I don’t want it. (lies face down on bed)
Me: Five, I need you to try a little bit.
Five sits up. He eats 1/8 tsp peanut butter that we put on piece of bread. Spits it out. Lies face down on bed again.
Nurse: I don’t think he ate any of it.
Me: Should we try again?
Five: I’m not eating it! I have a sore throat!
Nurse: (discreetly) I’ll just give you a couple of minutes alone.
Me: Please eat it.
Huband: Or no McDonald’s!
Me: We need you to help us.
Husband: Or no Batman Lego on the Xbox!
Me: C'mon, just try. Or no TV!
Five: (very small voice) O.K.
Before Five eats peanut butter, Nurse comes back. We all notice Five has broken out in welts and hives.
Nurse: Uh, I don’t think we’d better give him any more.
Me: I feel like a sadist.
Nurse: Who's going to eat the rest of this peanut butter?