Thank God that the bone marrow transplant doctor had good news for us when we went to hospital clinic this morning - Jeremy's bone marrow aspirate results from last week were MRD Negative!
While we were there, he paged the immunologist, who happened to be running some allergy challenges this morning. So instead of going back to school in time for morning tea, Jeremy was admitted as a day patient in Turner Ward for a peanut challenge.
Initially a tiny bit of peanut butter was smeared on the inside of his bottom lip. No reaction, so 20 minutes later he was given 1/8 teaspoon of peanut butter to eat. This amount was increased every 20 minutes up to 2 teaspoons of peanut butter at the end of the challenge. We are thankful that his peanut challenge was successful, and Jeremy is pleased that he can now eat "anything"!
The immunologist told us to keep giving him peanut butter or peanuts on a weekly basis to keep his immune system familiar with them. She also recommended that we do the same thing with dairy products and egg, as well as other types of nuts (to which he had no reaction when he did his skin prick test - he only had a mild reaction to peanuts and mould).
Jeremy's next bone marrow aspirate is booked for 11 May 2011 - he will keep having these every 3 months until he is 2 years post transplant.