Allergist

Charlie’s allergist appointment was today. On the whole it went rather well. Charlie was as cooperative as a baby could be expected under those circumstances. He only whined a little while they were doing the scratch, but was easily distracted once it was done. Then he proceeded to walk me all around the office, flirting with every nurse, technician, and receptionist he could find.

The doctor was particularly concerned about the barley based on what I described. He was not at all surprised about the potential milk allergies, as they are more common in babies and children. The results of the test gave us an all clear for barley. The doc said it was probably just a transient thing while his body was getting adapted to grains. The milk on the other hand produced a moderately strong reaction. We are under strict orders to avoid all contact with dairy for at least a year, and to come back for a check after that year. We are also not allowed to do any fish, eggs, or nuts for 2 years, shell fish and tree nuts for 3 years “just in case” since he has already shown signs of other allergies.

Last, but most certainly not least, we now have to carry an Epi-Pen for him at all times. Also “just in case.” He said it was highly unlikely that we would ever need it, but better to be on the safe side. I was instructed on how to use it, and the kit also came with a tester so you can practice and show others how to use it.

I have rather mixed feelings about the results. On the one hand, I’m glad that I was able to spot the milk allergy, and glad that we went to the allergist to get it confirmed. I’m also glad that we know barley should be ok now. On the other hand, I’m frustrated with this milk allergy. They want us to really stay away from all dairy products, so I’m going to have to read every label, and be even more picky about what I let people feed him. Also, how in the world will George and I ever be able to feed Charlie the meals we eat when we can’t give him any cheese, milk, sour cream, or yogurt? Seriously, there are next to no meals that we prepare on a regular basis that don’t include some form of dairy. How do you say to a 3 year old “I’m sorry sweetie, I know you want some of what Mommy’s eating, but you’re allergic.” He already wants to eat whatever we’re eating, but I was hoping that things would get easier as he was exposed to more kinds of food.

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