June 10, 2010
My Child is Allergic to THE WORLD.
We just got back from the doctor's office. Myer had an allergy test today that ended up being completely overwhelming and all kinds of frustrating. I want to write all this down while it is fresh and so I can wrap my head around it all a bit more...
The test itself wasn't all that horrible, they did the 'scratch test', but the results were a bit hard to swallow.
He's allergic to every outdoor allergen- which means that all year around he's allergic to the WORLD.
He's allergic to dogs.
He's allergic to DUST MITES. The doctor told me that I should seriously consider pulling up the carpet in his room and putting down wood floors- as well as no curtains allowed, and every pillow or mattress in the room needs to be encased in (HELLO expensive) allergen covers. Also, I have to wash all the linens in his room (including Ezra's) in 150 degree water at least once a week.
He's allergic to wheat.
And probably more foods that they weren't able to test for.
His eczema is not getting any better and he needs breathing treatments and epi-pens and rescue inhalers on hand at all times for when he's wheezing.
They have to take a blood sample in the next couple of days to do more extensive testing and then we have to go back for something called a "Food Challenge" which sounds... about as fun as a nice dip in a shark pool.
On the way out, Myer was screeching and arching and they were asking me to fill out pages and pages of paper work and then the card was declined and I forgot my cell phone at home on the dresser and I just about LOST it. I think the receptionist had no idea what to do with me. haha I was such a disheveled mess at that point. I was simultaneously trying not to cry while writing a check and holding a screaming baby.
Okay, so what do I need to focus on for the right-now?
I think my biggest challenge will be keeping Myer off of WHEAT for the next month or so until they do the blood draw/food challenge thing.
Do any of you or your kiddos have experience with a wheat allergy? WHAT THE HECK do you feed a child that contains no wheat besides fruits and veggies?
URG. Thanks for letting me vent. And for any advice you can give this floundering & stressed out mamma.
(I think I need a margarita. heh.)