A New Consultant & #FreeFromFridays

I love this time of the year. The Allergy testing, the chat with a consultant who knows what I am rambling on about when I mention prick tests, delayed reactions, food challenges, IgE and FPIES allergies…

Monday was no different from our regular paediatrician appointments, other than I had to pick everyone from 3 different schools to make it on time for Jumpy’s appointment at the very inconvenient time of 3.10 p.m. in a hospital quite far from home.

I had a spring in my step as I started collecting my children from their various schools at 2 p.m. I was in a glorious mood and we arrived early so the children had time to play with the toys in the waiting area. They were all really happy and wanted to “stay there forever!” There were wooden blocks, Peppa Pig characters, drawings to be coloured (Frozen for Beanie, Angry Birds for Crevette), books organised in age groups, a wooden horse. You would think this was a private practice. No, that was our good old NHS.

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Other than inconvenient appointment times and a tedious referral system, we have been really fortunate in the way the NHS had looked after us and I am so grateful for this institution.Jumpy was weighed (14kg) and measured (97cm), so she is on the 9th percentile which is not surprising, but not alarming either. Fun was had, I felt chirpy. I could not wait to hear Dr Y’s opinion about the positive prick tests from last month.The only things we are not keen on are needles (prick tests, blood tests), but there were no needles involved today so everyone was happy.

After a bit more play, we were called in and that is when my face dropped. Dr Y, who has been Jumpy’s consultant since she was a baby, was not the man inviting us in. I knew he was thinking of reducing his clinics to slowly retire, but I was also told our appointment was with him, not some new doctor we had never met. I was speechless. In fact, I was everything but. I might have appeared rude, but the first thing I said to our new consultant was, “Where is Dr Y?”He did not take offence, fortunately, and we went through a ‘first appointment’ process, which made me feel a lot better. I enjoy telling Jumpy’s journey to diagnosis, from the eczema to the disastrous weaning stage, to my worries she might be allergic to ‘everything’ to the situation now where only a few allergies remain (eggs, wheat and nuts) and we have it all under control most of the time.

Dr Z declared he was quite proactive about food challenges and trying to eliminate allergies that might be on the way out so that Jumpy’s diet can become even more varied than it already is.


I love the fact Dr Z really listened to me about being prescribed Emerade, about carrying two Epipens and answered every single one of my questions without hesitating to use the jargon I now understand. He also works at St Mary’s, an allergy centre, and is planning to bring some changes forward. Instead of having a few appointments on different dates every year, we could well have them all on one day, like I experienced in Addembrooke’s for my own testing: weight and height check, prick tests, blood tests then consultant appointment, all on one day. It makes so much sense, right?

I hate change but you know what? I  glad I had no idea we would not see Dr Y today, and I am glad about our new paediatrician, and as always. I am grateful for the NHS. What happens next: detailed blood tests, possible food challenges and an appointment booked with Dr Z, Jumpy’s new consultant, in a year’s time. I have also managed to book Jumpy’s blood tests on the ward, but the waiting list is long and we will not have them done until next month…

How are things in your world of allergies, intolerances and eczema?

As I was reading all your posts, the one that really struck a chord with me were the wordy ones rather than recipes today.

Emma described better than I would have done the issues allergy sufferers are faced with when visiting the ‘free from’ aisle of supermarkets, from brand dominance to unhelpful organisation to inconsistent labelling.

As for Chloe, she reminded us last week that with multiple allergies, vigilance is vital. I could not agree more.

On another note, a group of incredibly talented food bloggers and I are currently sharing recipes that are ‘free from’ the top 14 allergens, so we can create a list of perfect ‘free from’ foods you could have for a festive buffet. It is a brilliant collaboration and you can find what we have all been up to through the following hashtag: #FreeFromChristmas. We would love it if you joined us and shared your ‘free from’ creations for Christmas.

Over to you now! Grab the badge and add your posts below. Emma and I are looking forward to a good read with a cup of coffee in hand.

How to link up with #Freefromfridays

What can I link?
Any blog post that features a recipe free from a common allergen (eg. milk, egg, nuts, gluten) or allergy related advice, experience or information.

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How to link:
1 Feel free to grab the #Freefromfridays badge (highlight the code then press ctrl+c or cmd+c) and add it to a new or existing post
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Comments

  1. That sounds like it was a really positive appointment! Fingers crossed the new year brings good news and reduced allergies! x

    • I know, I’m feeling so positive right now. It feels like things are moving forward. We’re managing fine, but the thought of maybe introducing new things is exciting!

  2. I hear St Mary’s is a great allergy clinic, glad the new dr has worked out. When you’re happy – change is scary!

  3. Vicki Montague says:

    Wow that sounds pretty positive Mel? Sometimes a new consultant is a good thing isn’t it? Someone with a different opinion on things. I hope you do get all your appointments together and there is some good news x

  4. Hi Mel – got two for you today! Glad to hear your appointment went well in the end. Eb x

  5. ljgjghfhfrfdrgdgrdrgdgdg says:

    So pleased the appointment went well! #FreeFromFridays

    • Thanks sweetie. It’s always a relief when it feels like things are moving forward a bit. Last year was a ‘no change at all’ kind of appointment and it was so disheartening…

  6. That sounds like a really positive trip to the paediatrician. So pleased it went well (especially after your previous worry about it). We are so lucky to have the NHS. When it works well it is priceless!

  7. Lisa mummybakesdairyfree says:

    Glad that the appointment went well. I always find it stressful when meeting different medical professionals but at least it had a positive outcome.

  8. Emma @ FreeFromFarmhouse says:

    It’s always a bit of a shake up when you have to see a new doctor isn’t is but really glad to hear the appointment went so well. I hope it leads to good things. Thank for featuring my post! x

    • My pleasure sweetie. At the end of the day, we had a really positive appointment and I warmed up to her new consultant really quickly. xx

  9. Kirsty says:

    Sorry I missed it this time. I’ll look for the link up next time!

  10. It’s good that you are looked after so well. I don’t think all NHS divisions are the same. My experience was of fighting to get seen and since he started school (he’s not nearly 8), there have been no follow up appointments. I guess it’s because he’s intolerant, rather than allergic, which isn’t life threatening.

    • I am 100% convinced that had she been slightly older when she ended up in A&E with her wheat allergy (only 6 months old), things would have been really different. Her stay in hospital triggered all sorts of tests her dermatologist had been dismissing for a month or so. The problem with allergies and tolerances is they have so few people trained to deal with them they have to prioritise. It’s out of order. I wish there was more money for the NHS.

Thanks for taking the time to write a little message. Comments always make me smile! x Mel