This morning Jeremy went to Australian Hearing Services for a checkup hearing test and adjustments to his hearing aids. It is good that Australian Hearing Services was able to do the same hearing test as the Audiology Department of the Children's Hospital - because this meant that we could cancel tomorrow's appointment with Audiology and spare Jeremy the frustration of having to do the same test twice in a row!
So the next time that Jeremy has to go to hospital will be on Wednesday 2 February 2011 for a bone marrow aspirate.
The BIG news of the day is that Jeremy can now have cow's milk!
Having waited in vain since July last year for the immunologist to contact us for challenge tests for his food allergies, we decided to run our own challenge test on Jeremy (as he had previously been to hospital for two such challenge tests in 2008). We were reasonably confident that he would have no allergic reaction, because both his blood tests and skin prick tests showed that he was no longer allergic to dairy. However, he was slowly introduced to cow's milk and he is very pleased with the results. We are thankful for this unexpected "side-effect" from his bone marrow transplant - a new bone marrow meant a new immune system!
We will now start to give him different dairy products - but very gradually and in very small amounts. Then we might plan to have our own challenge test for eggs (and maybe later, even nuts!).