Yesterday my daughter and I saw our allergist to finally determine if she has a peanut allergy and if I, in fact, have a soy allergy.
The medical assistant started out with testing my girl for twenty food allergies, ranging from apples and pears to peanuts and almonds. After waiting in the room a half hour, the good news came our way that she does not have a peanut allergy! We were very relieved and happy, as the last thing we wanted her to be allergic to was the dangerous peanuts.
My turn was now up, and I have to say I was a lot more nervous than my 17 month old. They pricked me twenty times for environmental allergens. Unfortunately, they did not feel comfortable testing me for a soy allergy as I have had two bad reactions requiring going to the hospital. Instead, I will get my blood drawn and sent out to a lab for review. I had no objection to this as I felt it is better to be safe than sorry.
Quickly my results came back and it showed that I was the 1-3% of the population they see to be allergic to over 50% of the allergens tested. The results indicate that I am allergic to trees, grass, dust, cats and dogs! I don’t know how I could be allergic to a dog, when I have an 85 pound German Shepherd at home. My eyes never water, I never sneeze and I don’t have trouble breathing. I only have random hives around my face, neck and arms. Very weird isn’t it?
The next round of testing that my daughter and I go for will be next week when she gets the environmental testing done and I get the food testing, except for the soy allergy. I hope to have the results within the next few days of that.
So where do I go from here? I don’t know. Do I continue to have these hives or start going for allergy shots? My guess right now is that I will be sure to consult with my chiropractor on this as she is also a doctor of internal medicine.
I have to say the past year has been so stressful for me. Between all the ear infections my daughter had, to her tube surgery and from my pelvic and back issues while seeing a physical therapist, that later led me in the direction of seeing my wonderful, healing, chiropractor; I just want 2014 to be a little less stressful! I do not think that is too much to ask for.
Have you gone through similar medical issues concurrently with your children? Isn’t it stressful? Do you find the time to relax and if so, how do you relax?
For more information on this type of testing, visit: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/skin-prick-allergy-test