Well, Ryan's lab results are back. He got an expected Class 6 for peanut, no surprises there. But he also got some Class 2s and 3s for some tree nuts: hazelnuts, filberts (which are a kind of hazelnut, I think), brazil nuts, cashews and pistachios. What does that leave--almonds, pecans, and walnuts, right? So that's something at least!
So that means that we will be getting him skin tested for all of those iffy nuts, to confirm the diagnosis. Skin tests are more accurate than the blood tests we just had done, so it's not until then that we'll know definitively which (if any) tree nuts he's allergic to.
GREAT BIG SIGH.
It's not going to change a thing for him materially, if all of his tests come back positive, since we have been avoiding tree nuts as well as peanuts. But this comes hard on the heels of some new feelings he's been having recently about the peanut allergy. He feels sad and angry about it and demands that I take off his bracelet. He is desperate to know when the Scientist Peopleguys are going to be done making some of that medicine already to fix his peanut allergy. He handled the news about Morgan's lab results extremely well, but that's another thing that makes this difficult for him.
And on top of everything, he is struggling with the concept of death, specifically his own mortality. Because, you know, he's 6 years old now and it's time he dealt with this inevitability. This morning, in fact, he sobbed for about 30 minutes because he doesn't want to die. I don't know if this has something to do with Brendan's grandmother passing away recently or what. I suspect it mostly has to do with him and the fact that his brains are larger than his maturity. So I haven't mentioned the tree nuts to him just yet. Too much Life Trauma in one day is bad for one's mental health, don't you think?
Kind of a bummer of a post. I've got a more cheery one for later today or tomorrow, promise. :o)