Thursday, September 12, 2013

Brand New Allergist & Skin Testing Fun

We've been without an Allergist for some time now, since Allergy & Asthma stopped taking our insurance and CPED is just so far and so inconvenient and sloooooooooow.

When we were at APFED this summer, we spoke to several families that use one particular allergist right in King of Prussia.  Looking back at old notes from our fabulous Nutritionist, it seems she has recommended her before, we just never pulled the trigger on making the switch.

As of this week - consider the trigger pulled.  Aidan has officially screamed it up in Dr. Beausoleil's office.

So far, I like her - she understands my fears and my hesitation - and at the same time, she recognizes that we do want and need to trial something.  So our goal is to do everything we can to find the safest options for trial.

Step 1: New round of Skin Testing

Step 2: Blood testing

Step 3: New round of Patch Testing

We kicked off Step 1 this week, and Aidan was none too pleased. But we got some results, so I consider it a success.

Skin testing tells us the IgE part of the picture.  The IgE allergies are the ones that keep mothers awake at night hoping they'll be able to administer that Epi Pen and praying they'll never have to.

At this point, Aidan's IgE allergies are Peanut, Tree Nut, Soy, Peas, Melons, Squash, and Zucchini.  We're told that all gourds should be avoided - so I guess we aren't going to be a pumpkin kind of family.  Who needs them, anyway?

Steps 2 and 3 are soon to follow.  Stay tuned :)

PS - Do my eyes deceive me?  When did my toddler get a hairy back!?

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