We all woke up early to go to the Allergist today. If you remember, the Pediatrician and I had some outing over wanting to take my son to an Allergist instead of going into the office and getting random blood testing with various medications. Remember this.
A little late and a whole lot tired, we made it. I just want to say that the Allergies & Immunologies Office at Children’s Hospital at Barnes-Jewish is very nice. The staff was so friendly and understanding, the doctor answered all of our questions. I really appreciated this after the headache with the Pediatrician. If you are in the area and are needing an Allergist, I wholeheartedly suggest making an appointment here.
We found out our little tot is 42in tall and 49+ lbs! Good grief! He was a little grumpy getting his little check up part done, he always is as he doesn’t like doctors messing with him. Who does really? The Allergist talked to us about everything and any possibilities for allergies to narrow things down. He was very thorough with his questions, very open to listening to our answers, which was really a different experience from the last time! He also said that if we decided to do a blood test it would not be very thorough. It reads all sorts of allergies that might not even affect him as it picks up mild traces in everything and then afterwards we’d have to do the skin test anyway. We explained (as we explained to the Pediatrician) we were not interested in holding Judah down for a blood test and he understood.
After that we were ready to do the outdoor allergies + cashew test. We prepped Judah for ‘the itchy test’ and he was not at all happy about having to lay on his stomach, but once he was in my arms he was okay. We played some games, laughed and waited out the itchy 15min. He did a fantastic job!
So here is what we learned:
- He’s very badly allergic to Dogs.
- He has a severe Cashew Allergy (possibly other Tree Nuts).
- He’s allergic to all but 1 outdoor mold.
- He’s allergic to Oak Trees and Weed Mixes.
We were surprised to find he is allergic to dogs, since a year ago he wasn’t, but the Allergist explained that it just seemed like Judah was an ‘allergic kid’ and this looked like the list was growing. We’d probably see more within 6mo to a 1yr, when we have to go in again to check out how bad the Tree Nut allergy is.
What brought on the test for the Cashews was a rush to the ER some weeks ago. He was eating some trail mix with us and although I had this odd feeling when I gave him the Cashews that he’d never had them before, I wrote it off. He’s eaten so many things that I didn’t think there’d really be a problem. Then he was sitting on the toilet going potty and started to kind of ‘doze off’ as it were. He just was really, really out of it. So we went to get a bath because he seemed tired and that’s when he started vomiting, then breaking out in hives. We rushed over to the ER who didn’t seem concerned because he wasn’t in respiratory distress. They wrote it off as mild and gave him some medication.
The Allergist, however, said that they weren’t exactly right. The vomiting worries him more than respiratory issues because it means that he was being attacked in various systems. All of which warranted a severe allergic reaction. After much discussion, we were told not to give him products with any tree nuts because generally when there is one tree nut allergy, there is more. Then because he did have a severe reaction, we got an Epi-Pen.
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The Dog is because he must be being exposed more as well as our dog is shedding because it’s Spring. Neither of these allergies will he grow out of and could possibly get worse. Only 10% of kids with a Tree Nut allergy grow out of it with age.
We were trained on how to use the Epi-Pen and we have to teach everyone that watches him (and the pre-school) on how to use it as well; just in case.
We left, our concerns to ourselves. It was my husband’s birthday and he had to work. I’ve been doing some reading of places that the Allergist gave for recipes without tree-nuts, but most of his foods don’t have them. We’re going to have to get rid of my husband’s dog, but I have secretly (and sometimes not so secretly) been waiting for that after 5 years of battling with that dog over not going to the bathroom in the house, licking our furniture until it is sopping wet and stained; damaging our walls when there is a storm and overall driving me to the point of insanity. Although, sadly that also means we’ll never get to have another dog or another cat: since he’s allergic to both.
We’ve been preparing for our ConAgra Backyard Bash where we will be discussing where our food comes from, planting some tomatoes and having fun making a Time Capsule. I thought this would also be a good time to discuss allergies to different food products and slowly bring in the discussion about my little guys tree nut allergy with my oldest. He will also need to learn how to use the Epi-Pen and I think it’ll be an easy entry into the world of food allergies that he’s never had to deal with.
My little tot has always been the one to make things interesting and we take it in stride as another adventure. I’m really glad we chose what we felt was right and went to the Allergist and I’m really thankful for the kindness we found there. It really made a difference, especially so early in the morning when we were all on little sleep.
At least my son isn’t allergic to us!