It was with a mix of excitement and trepidation that my boys and I made our way to the allergist on Monday…the boys’ annual skin testing of their food allergens.
It’s a good 45 minute drive…stick in a police road closure, an alternate route road closure and a miss step in directions…all led to us arriving 15 minutes late. Thank goodness for cell phones…we were able to call and leave a message that we were on our way. I hate being late!
I don’t know about you…but I go to these allergy testing appointments with a ‘glimmer of hope’.
During the drive to our appointment, I can’t help but think what it would be like if one of my boys’ allergies showed any signs of lessening. Which one would ‘open more doors’ for food choices, nutrition, convenience? Dairy, egg, beef, sesame, fish, shellfish, peanut/tree nuts, mustard or raspberries?
Frankly, at this point, I would take anything!
Our appointment started out as usual with my boys demonstrating the administration of the epi pen trainer. The allergist made a good point…Michael stood up to administer his epi pen…our allergist suggested that if he were feeling dizzy, it would be better to stay seated to administer the epi pen.
Matthew lifted his sleeve for his testing of peanut/tree nuts while Michael removed his shirt to have all his allergens tested on his back. (This is Michael’s preference…the allergist had suggested to do the testing on his arm)
Unfortunately, both boys tested positively for their food allergens. It was a somber moment.
The drive home was silent…thank goodness for the darkness…I could not help but shed a few tears.
Do your children have yearly food allergy testing with their allergist? Is your allergist local or do you need to drive a distance for the appointment? How do your children feel about the allergy testing? Do either yourself or your children get their hopes up before the testing? Have you experienced signs of one of your children’s food allergens as being negative?
I would love to hear about your experiences…please leave a comment.