Maxwell, known to all as Max, is the cutest little trouble maker in our family. But don’t take us seriously.
Do take, however, his life seriously!
Maxwell was born early in the country of Poland. He spent nearly his first two weeks of life in the NICU.
Here’s a photo of the little big man from birth:
But he, amazingly enough, escaped the NICU and the hospital and flew home with his cape—joining his big sister, Adelyne:
A couple months later, however, our little fighter man was in for one of the first fights of his life. Take a look here:
RSV turned to pneumonia…Leading to a lot of things including congestive heart failure and a blood transfusion and 7 days in a coma and 11 days in the ICU. While he was dying, people around the world stopped and prayed that he would live:
Live he did! All glory to God.
However, Max still found himself in and out of hospitals for the next half of a year of his life:
(Germany this time)
Finally—at 7 months of age, and only freshly out of the latest hospital but stable enough to fly—his parents returned to US soil. Max, the American born in Poland, got to meet his country! And his family! And so many people that loved and prayed for his life.
Here is the kicker—it’s not as if Maxwell didn’t go through enough already—but on top of serious life and death issues, it was noticed very early on that Maxwell also had something VERY, VERY wrong with him.
Every time he ate something with milk, he reacted. Sometimes welting. Sometimes throwing up. Sometimes experiencing breathing problems.
All of them scary.
And then we noticed he reacted to the touch of other foods.
All of it scary.
Many allergy tests later confirmed all of the bad news—Maxwell has allergies. Life-threatening allergies. Allergies that can end his life. His precious, hard-fought life.
This blog, Allergy to the Max, was started by one set of parents floundering through this crazy maze of TRYING…simply trying to raise an allergy kid in this big, big world.
It’s hard—but our Max is GREATLY worth the fight!
We hope this blog helps you find resources, recipes, inspiration, and rejuvenation as you, allergy mom or dad, fight the good fight, too.
After all, in the allergy world, it really does take a village to keep our children safe!
God bless and good reading!
We look forward to hearing from you,
Brooke and Richard
(Adelyne, Maxwell, and Josephine)