As part of my New Year’s Resolution, I decided to use this blog to talk about difficulties I’ve faced. With open honesty, I’m letting you in. It started with My Journey with a Sick Kid. In the first post, I explained my struggles through infancy and the toddler years with my youngest son Alexander. Our journey continues as we discover my son has allergies, eczema and eventually asthma.
If you can relate, read on. I would love to know if you’ve had a similar experience.
Surprise, Surprise he has allergies!
I always suspected Alexander had food allergies. He’s had several episodes of intense vomiting after eating seafood. It started with shrimp and lobster, recurred a couple times when we tried again. Then later the vomiting happened with fish. The sad thing is, he really likes seafood! He gobbled it up the few times we gave it to him and then within 30-45 minutes the vomiting began. I assumed he was either allergic or just had an intolerance. Either way, I didn’t want to test the theory. He’s not allowed to have seafood anymore!
With a constant stuffy nose and episodes of severe eczema, I thought he may have undiagnosed allergies. I decided it would make me feel better to know, once and for all, what Alexander is actually allergic to.
Check out the image below, it shows an episode of eczema that turned to impetigo.
I finally convinced the pediatrician to do some allergy testing. She ordered a RAST test, which is a blood test that looks for allergies. He was mildly allergic to a bunch of food, from peanuts to rice. What the heck? Unsure of what to do from here, I took him to see an allergist.
The allergist performed an allergy scratch test. The nurse takes a toothpick like object and scratches the back in several places with common allergens. It was obvious right away that he’s quite allergic! His reaction to foods were pretty mild, which is good news in my opinion!
He’s awfully allergic to just about everything in the outside world. Let’s put him in a bubble! 😉 So now what?
They started him on a course of prescription allergy meds, with a quick burst of steroids to clear up his severe nasal congestion. He responded well and got better pretty quickly. We will stay the course for now.
My good friend Amber is an experienced allergy and asthma nurse. When I showed her the pictures of Alexander’s allergy testing she warned me that with a diagnosis of allergies so severe, asthma usually follows. I shrugged it off. Even knowing that I put him at higher risk because I’m an asthmatic myself, why would he get it too?
I’m sorry to say that Amber was right and that asthma diagnosis was very close behind. TOO CLOSE, if you ask me. Not even two weeks later, Alexander was hospitalized with respiratory distress.
Onward we go… Read the next installment: My Son has Asthma.
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