Bryce goes twice annually to his pediatric allergist. His allergist is a nice guy and I trust his opinions. So, when I found out today that Bryce is now old enough to be re-skin tested, I didn't question. He was skin tested as a baby and they tend to not do that again to children until they are 4 or so.
The bummer part was that I had NO IDEA this was going to happen today, and I did not bring Cow and Blankie with us. I had nothing with which to try to make Bryce feel better. (note to self: always bring Cow and Blankie to the allergist.) So they needed to test/re-test Bryce for 16 things, including the control. Sigh. And this time it is to be done on his forearms instead of his back. What does that mean? That means that I get to sit with him on my lap, restraining him from bending his elbows or scratching his arms. Without Cow and Blankie, restraining Bryce was no easy task.
Here's a recreated photo of how he had to sit (you can see the identifying marker letters and the little dots that remain from the skin prick test):
This translates into 20 minutes of screaming. From Bryce. I was cursing food allergies on the inside, he was the one with the decibels you could hear in the parking lot. It's really the second worse part of food allergies. The first worst part of food allergies is the always being worried that he'll react to something. Skin prick testing comes in at a close 2nd.
Bryce required about half of them to be stopped at the 10 minute mark. They apply a topical gel to the prick sites to stop them. At the 20 minute mark, he was getting more hives and the ones they "stopped" were getting larger. He required Benadryl. Just the word "Benadryl" makes him cry, so now he was crying again. Lucky me, I got to restrain him to give him his meds. Fun times.
What's the verdict? No change. Some things were actually much worse, none were really improved and he added 1 new allergen: Barley. The kid is now allergic to barley. (insert any number of curse words here.)
The Dr. said, "So, looks like nothing will change in your kitchen."
Food allergies still stink.