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When it comes to testing Joseph’s allergies at home to see if he’s grown out of it or not, my husband is more aggressive than I am. He’s also a big fan of “iocaning” (a la The Princess Bride) where we give him the allergen in the hope that he gets desensitized to it. It’s a bit of a struggle at times, but at least he usually asks before he goes ahead and does it.
The latest episode, my husband wanted to give Joseph some ice-cream and see how he reacted. We were at a church function, so I certainly didn’t want anything big. I told him he could spread some on his cheek and see if it broke out in hives. He put a teeny amount on his right cheek, but it apparently wasn’t enough to cause a reaction, because a bit later, he put some on the other cheek without telling me. So when hives erupted on his left cheek, I started trying to figure out how he had eaten some dairy ice-cream, if his ice-cream had been contaminated, etc. At least my husband agrees – yep, he’s still allergic.
Then while I was on vacation, my husband gave Joseph one wheat thin and one cheeto. He says there were no hives from the cheese on the cheeto (which has happened before). However, the next day, his eczema flared up. So I’d say he’s still allergic to wheat.
Have any of you had to deal with spouses/other family members who want to challenge food allergies more than you do? What are your experiences?