Jack's annual appointment with his allergist was today. First, Jack was a total SUPERSTAAH. Past appointments have always resulted in tears. The anticipation, the sitting, the waiting, the pricking....too much to deal with. This morning he was nervous, wiggly, and shy but he was patient while we talked with the allergist, counted the pricks while the prick lady did her work, colored for fifteen minutes while the wheals flared, got measured and cleaned, and waited patiently again while we went over all the results.
This is what a skin prick test can look like. On the very left we have egg, milk, and peanut (the biggun). Column 2 contains soy, column 3 contains tree nuts, and column 4 contains grape. Down below they do a histamine prick, if a wheal doesn't form then it means the test is faulty (or something) and a saline prick. The saline prick shows a teensy bit, like some of the other pricks, which lets you know that the other pricks aren't necessarily "positive", just
Here are the results compared with the results from last year! Let me draw your attention to egg and milk which went from 20/40 to 6/32 and 18/35 to 5/21!!! Our allergist was so pleased with the progress that she expressed that she is confident that he is outgrowing these two allergies and after next year's test, it's likely we'll be able to move forward with an in office food challenge for egg and milk. Peanut stayed the same. It's still epi pen territory and getting less likely that he'll outgrow it. But you just never know.
Tree nuts were all small enough that she labeled them as "negative". Soy, corn, and grape, too. All signs point to a maturing, balancing immune system. We're still advised to avoid tree nuts because there is risk of cross contamination with peanut. Oh and there's finally a generic available for the epi pen (less $$!), the packaging is less bulky, AND it has a significantly longer shelf life.
To celebrate, we played games at Chuck E. Cheese's - I know RIGHT!?!?!? He has long been begging to go. They went absolutely bananas and (because it was 10 am on a weekday) I actually had some fun.