Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Visit With the Allergist
Yesterday was Ryan's appointment with the allergist.(Cute kid huh?)Well he wasn't so cute yesterday!He had been off his allergy meds for six (6)days,per doctors orders,in preparation for his testing yesterday so he started out the day with a sore throat and it just got worse from there, starting at 6:00AM because he had to be at the doctors office at 7:45AM. That not be a big deal to most people, but it has been summer vacation at our house for a month, and for those that don't know with a house full of teenagers this means up all night,sleep till noon, and do it all over again the next day!
I knew it was going to be a tough day when the first test up was a lung capacity test, which he failed by the way. After spending some time talking with the doctor, and Ryan getting a lecture about how important it is to use your inhaler, the testing started.He had the usual skin test done which consisted of 48 "pokes" on his back, and 8 actual needle sticks on each arm.
As it turns out(and we kinda already knew this)hes allergic to everything! Okay not everything, just grasses,weeds,trees,pollen,mold,dust,dust mites,and some foods.(Especially wheat)Since he tested positive for some food allergies he may have to have more extensive testing done that focuses specifically on foods.
Right after test was started
5 min.into test
After 15 min.
He wouldn't let me take pictures of his arms,by then he was having other reactions(headache,itching,hives)and was not much in the mood to share the experience.
After all the testing was done we had another long talk with the allergist and decided to make some changes to his meds. He will stay on his current meds.(Alegra & Singulair)change his dosage is his Albuteral inhaler, and add another inhaler with steroids to help his lung function.He also added Nexium to treat the heartburn and acid reflux, which by the way "may" be cause by his allergies (EE).He will also start with some shots in a couple of weeks, but we were warned with his type of allergies they don't have a great success rate.
Thanks to everyone who took time out of their day to pray and answer some questions for us!