Saturday, February 27, 2010

Allergy Update

We took S into the Allergist to have a skin test done. R and I were a bit nervous taking him took me plus hundreds of nurses (ok, not hundreds, but it felt like it) to hold him down to draw blood, we weren't sure how he'd handle being poked for a skin test. S surprised us and did excellent. He wasn't happy about it, but he was so brave and did so well. The good news is that he can eat wheat, eggs, fish, cow milk, corn, and shell fish. He is still higly allergic to peanuts and soy. The Allergist said that many times blood test results are false positives. I'm so glad he's not allergic to all those things; I was very worried. I had visions of him eating only graham crackers and oatmeal for the rest of his life.

Next week: MK gets her skin test done.

Last night, I was talking to a long-time friend about the allergies. She said her dad had always been sick as a kid, going to multiple doctors and never figuring out what it was. He went away to college and felt better than ever. On his first car trip back home, someone in the car was a cat owner. That's when he started to feel sick again. He finally figured out what had caused him to be sick all his life--His parents owned several cats.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A laundry list of Allergies

So, back in December we received lots of treats and cookies from neighbors and friends. S ate a cookie with a BIG chocolate kiss on it not realizing it was a peanut butter cookie. I didn't think any of it either, even though he's never been a big fan of PBJ. Soon after he ate it, he started to wheeze while breathing. He also had red, puffy skin on his nose and under his eyes. Yikes.

I took him into the doctor to have him tested for peanut allergies. That was an experience. He fought so hard, I was worn out. It took me plus 3 nurses and the phlebotomist holding to get his blood drawn.

We just got the results back. Yes--S is allergic to peanuts just like MK. Joy. It doesn't stop there. They think that he is also allergic to cow milk, wheat, corn, soy beans, shell fish, and egg. WHAT? He eats ALL those things and has never seemed to have any problem. Our doctor is sending us to an allergist. Not looking forward to that.
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