Callum is one lucky kiddo, there's no doubt about it. The support he receives from family and friends as he negotiates his difficult journey through the allergy world is simply wonderful.
Everyone is aware of what he goes through, and they do their upmost to make things as easy as possible for him.
Take this afternoon as an example. Callum's daddy is working the early shift this week, and once he'd finished for the day, called me to find out what we needed so we could have a BBQ that was also safe for Callum.
He did a fab job, there's enough for a feast!
He even went one further and treated the whole family to an array of ice creams.
Yep, he's a good one! :)
There was even a 'special' package for Callum!
Jon had seen me previously give Callum 'Oreo' biscuits, which are dairy free, and whilst getting the ice creams, came across the Oreo ice creams.
(I know, sweet isn't it!)
But, as an allergy mum, you never take things for granted, and I duly checked the ingredients before Callum could be given it. The one time you don't, is the time you wished to god you had!
Thank goodness I did!
The biscuits are safe, but the ice creams most definitely are NOT, as they contain buttermilk.
Jon's immediate reaction was 'well why would they do that?'.
It's a fair question, why would they? What is the point in having a great dairy free product, and then creating an ice cream based on it, that isn't?
It's all down to how you make ice cream.
In order for it to work, and freeze without crystallizing, you need to have some form of fat content to keep all the ingredients bound together. The buttermilk will be the ingredient that causes this to happen.
Poor Callum, his face fell as he realised he wouldn't be getting the special ice cream his daddy had so kindly found for him (and I felt so sorry for Jon too, as it was a lovely thing he'd tried to do for Callum!), but we've trained Callum well, and he knows that if we say it will make him poorly, he understands we're only keeping him safe.
To make up for it, he got a huge lollipop!
Not quite the same thing as an ice cream, but still a pretty cool prize in a 2 year olds eyes.