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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tinleigh Update

Yesterday morning I got up at 4:45am to get ready. BLAH!!! Then I had to get the girls up at 5:30am. BLAHHHH!!! Let me just say, "That wasn't cool." Their attitudes quickly turned around but man, the first 30 minutes they were bears. We were on the road by 6:30 and had to be at Riley Children's Hospital between 8:00 and 8:15. Luckily we made it on time even with being stuck in morning traffic.

Tinleigh did ok through out her appointment, when we got to a room the resident took her history. The allergist came in an discuss what he was going to do and how there are many false positives and negatives when testing for food allergies. Going into this appointment I knew all of this but wanted to see if we could get anything from it.

The nurse came in to do the skin testing, she was awesome. So kind and gentle, couldn't ask for a better nurse. Tinleigh screamed the whole time but she was never in any pain, she just didn't like that we were holding her down on her stomach. I thought the skin testing would be painful but the nurse used a clean tester on me and it didn't hurt at all.

Tinleigh was tested for codfish, egg, milk, peaches, peanut, rice, shrimp, soy, and wheat.  Out of all of those she only tested positive for one. She tested positive for soy. The range for the skin test is 0-4, Tinleigh tested a 3. The Dr said he wanted to do the blood testing also to check the antibodies. If her antibodies were high for soy then she gets an epi-pen. We are waiting for the results to determine if we will do an in-office challenge for milk. If she doesn't have any antibodies to milk then she will have the in-office challenge but if she does have antibodies to milk then she will go with out milk for another year. At that time she will be tested again.

So we really only have to wait till the blood work comes back to try a new diet with her. I am excited, excited that she will be able to try different foods. Over all, I think the allergy appointment was a good experience and I am glad that I took it into my own hands to get some answers. :)

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad she seems to only be allergic to soy! It's so hard in children, especially this young. Our second daughter had a strawberry allergy, but after avoiding for 2 years, she grew out of it. But our son still has a peanut allergy so he has to avoid all nuts. Thankfully, his isn't severe so we can still have stuff at home and he can eat at places like Chick-fil-A (fried in peanut oil). We do have an Epi-Pen but have never used it. But since our oldest was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (around the same time), we're not afraid of needles or having to give our kids a shot! :)

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