Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2013 Patch Testing

Just a little over a year ago, we patch tested for the first time.  I don't think we really had much purpose at the time - CHOP suggested it, so we did it.  This time around, we're really specifically looking for something to trial.  Anything that is negative here will be followed up with an IgE blood test - and if that's negative too - we'll proceed to oral challenge, and then trial.

Back then, we tested for milk, eggs, wheat, rice, corn, oat, barley, potato, beef, chicken, ham, turkey, green beans, carrots, peaches, and apple.  The results weren't awesome.  He reacted positively to milk, egg, wheat, corn, barley, potato, beef, green bean, carrot, peach, apple, rice, and oat.  That left just chicken, ham, and turkey for trial.  We chose ham, and trialed it as pork.  We never talked much about it, but it didn't work out.  It really didn't work out.  He pooped blood for days.  It was so awful. 

This year, we tested for milk, eggs, soy, broccoli, wheat, potato, corn, oat, rice, apple, beef, chicken, turkey, ham, sweet potato, banana, peach, pear, strawberry, and carrot.  So we're taking away barley (I don't know why) and green beans (too close to his IgE allergy to peas).  And we're adding soy (I have no idea why - we would not trial this since he's IgE allergic, I believe it was added in error), broccoli, sweet potato, banana, pear, and strawberry.  Broccoli because it's uber healthy, and sweet potato, banana, pear, and strawberry because they are sweet and he'd probably like them.

A1 - Milk, Egg, Soy, Broccoli, Wheat.  A2 - Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Ham, Sweet Potato.  B1 - Potato, Corn, Oat, Rice, Apple.  B2 - Banana, Peach, Pear, Strawberry, Carrot

After the ultra-fun flare behavior we got last week from his skin prick testing, I can only imagine what's in store for us this week.  Here's to hoping we make it through the next 48 hours!

Night 1.  Love how the samples are oozing out.  This will smell great by Thursday night.

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