Archive for October, 2007

Allergy tests.

My son went for allergy tests yesterday.  They pricked his back so many times, they ran out of room and had to move to his upper arms.  And his skin is so sensitive, the marks left big red welts for everything, not just things he was allergic to.  But not to worry, they didn’t mistake any of the little welts for allergies because the ones he was actually allergic to turned into ginormous welts.  My husband said his skin bubbled up like it had liquid underneath it.  In fact, they were supposed to wait 15 minutes after to pricking his skin before the test was over, but they stopped it after 6 minutes.  He was swelling so bad.

So apparently, my son is allergic to peanuts.  Which, who knew?  I mean, he won’t eat peanuts.  Never has, never will.  He’s too picky of an eater.  So in this instance, it worked out well for him.

Also, he’s allergic to dust. 

And the whole outside world.

I’ve been given all the information about how to reduce the dust in my home, and have had to take a few deep breaths to stop myself from freaking out because–oh my god–everything in my house is either dust producing or dust harboring.  But I’m working on it.

And the pollen/grasses/weeds/trees, well, there’s not much we can do about that.  Unless you know of a bubble for sale, one big enough to fit a child into as he grows into an adult.  The only thing he has to do that is different from all the things we’ve been already doing is take a shower after playing outside.  Right after playing outside.  I just thought that as long as he got himself washed off before bed, we were doing well.  But I guess it’s not just sleeping in it all night that would bother his allergies, it is also having it on his skin for any period of time.  He’s also been put on yet another medication–this one a nasal spray–to help keep his symptoms at bay.  That makes three different allergy medications.  The boy is getting good at taking medicine.

And there’s a lot more rolling around in my head, but I think that’s what I’ve got to say for today.  I was going to write about the different reactions he’s been having (the throwing up, oh my, the throwing up,) his skin issues, and what the five days off of medications before his test were like, but I don’t really think I have the energy right now.  I’m just glad that we’re doing something that feels sort of like moving forward instead of always stalling out.

Oh, and if you see that bubble, let me know.   Maybe I should check Ebay…